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Winner and loser of the week in pop culture ft. Taylor Swift (again) and Cheryl Tiegs, who people still interview apparently

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February

Winner
Taylor Swift. Again. So, remember when we all used to trash talk Kesha, who for quite a while spelled her name with a dollar sign and whose songs were auto-tuned to the point of sounding like they had been recorded by a robot? Well, those days are over. The 28-year-old singer, who this week was denied freedom from her contract with Sony and producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of emotional, verbal and sexual abuse, has received loads of support from fans and celebrities ranging from Lady Gaga to Kelly Clarkson to Adele as her career essentially has been put on hold. Enter Swift. The superstar donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with “any of her financial needs during this trying time,” her rep said. Kesha took to social media to express her gratitude. “I'm so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I've received from everyone,” the TiK ToK singer wrote on Facebook. “Words cannot really express the emotions I've gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.” Swift signed a publishing deal Sony/ATV when she was 15 and recently worked with Dr. Luke’s associate Max Martin.


Loser
Cheryl Tiegs. The former supermodel is still around, apparently, because E! News interviewed her and now here we are writing about it. What makes her our loser? And we quote: “I don’t like that we’re talking about full-figured women because it’s glamorizing them because your waist should be smaller than 35 (inches). That’s what Dr. Oz said, and I’m sticking to it.” The full-figured model she’s slamming: Ashley Graham, who was featured on one of three alternate covers of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. “No, I don’t think it’s healthy,” said Tiegs, who has been featured on SI’s covers multiple times. “Her face is beautiful. Beautiful. But I don’t think it’s healthy in the long run.” Now that you’re feeling angry, we’ll end this item with an uplifting quote from Graham, 28: “I am hopefully going to change the lives of so many different young women,” the stunner said after being chosen as an SI rookie this year. “So many young women who have been told that their cellulite is ugly, that their inner-thighs that jiggle and touch are ugly because I have all those things, and I’m on the cover of Sports Illustrated. So they must be beautiful!” Hear, hear!

[Last modified: Thursday, February 25, 2016 6:21pm]

    

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