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Zara Larsson speaks out against the sexual exploitation of teenage fans in Sweden

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During an exclusive interview with MailOnline on Wednesday, Zara Larsson spoke about the importance of standing up for what’s right, and called out the current sexualisation of young teenagers by adult men in her home country of Sweden.

The Lush Life hitmaker, 22, also revealed the importance of maintaining a normal life with her boyfriend, family, and friends, after getting her first taste of fame at the age of 10 when she won the Swedish equivalent of Britain’s Got Talent.  

Speaking to promote her new Superdry Icons Of Style collection, she said: ‘I was 10 when I was on that show and I think I expected to be the next big superstar but that didn’t happen at all, nothing happened afterwards which is the most often the case, it doesn’t guarantee you any career. 

Blow the whistle: During an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Zara Larsson spoke about the importance of standing up for what's right, and called out the current sexualisation of young teenagers by adult men in her home country of Sweden and the entertainment industry

Blow the whistle: During an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Zara Larsson spoke about the importance of standing up for what’s right, and called out the current sexualisation of young teenagers by adult men in her home country of Sweden and the entertainment industry

‘I then went back to school. I lived a normal life and then I released my first song as  an artist when I was 15, which is still really young, but those five years a lot happened in terms of my mental and physical development which was important. 

‘I don’t feel like I missed out on anything after appearing on the show, I would say I had a really normal childhood and a really normal time during teenage years, just like my friends.

‘On top of that I got to experience fun things with music, so I’m super grateful, and I still live a super normal life.’

For the blonde beauty, she believes maintaining her enduring relationships with friends and family is imperative, and it has influenced her decision to keep her current relationship out of the public eye. 

Values: The Lush Life hitmaker, 22, also revealed the importance of maintaining a normal life with her boyfriend, family, and friends, after getting her first taste of fame at the age of 10

Values: The Lush Life hitmaker, 22, also revealed the importance of maintaining a normal life with her boyfriend, family, and friends, after getting her first taste of fame at the age of 10

She added: ‘I am dating someone, we are very happy, we’ve known each other for a lot of years. 

‘Our relationship is super chill and private which is nice because my last relationship was very public. It’s cute because I realise as I get older, my life doesn’t need to be a spectacle for other people.’  

Aside from spending quality time with her nearest and dearest during the pandemic, the Swedish pop sensation is focused on producing new music and has a new album in the works. 

She also uses her public platform to speak out against issues that fellow women and teenagers face.

In September, Zara called out a male Swedish singer on Instagram for grooming a 15 year old fan, in a bid to raise awareness about the exploitation of teenagers in her home country, and also in the global music industry. 

Staying private: Zara has decided to keep her current relationship out of the public eye as she revealed: 'I realise as I get older, my life doesn't need to be a spectacle for other people'

Staying private: Zara has decided to keep her current relationship out of the public eye as she revealed: ‘I realise as I get older, my life doesn’t need to be a spectacle for other people’

The singer is disgusted that the age of consent in her home country allows the predatory behaviour to continue, as she said to MailOnline: ‘That was a musical artist who is quite big in Sweden, I don’t want to mention his name, but what is f*****d about it is, it is not criminal because the age of consent in Sweden is 15. 

‘And it is so much bigger than that one person, it is more about the culture about why we are ok seeing a grown a*s man with a young teenager, I just think it’s weird! And why are his friends not saying anything? Why is everyone ok with that? 

‘I think it happens way too much and I saw that in the comments on my Instagram post, a lot of girls said, “I was 15 and he was 30,” or, “I was 15 and he was 27, I never realised at that age that what we did was not really consensual.”‘ 

For Zara, she feels it is important for young girls not to feel ashamed or weak if they are put in a vulnerable situation, and instead, we should open up the dialogue in society to question how this continues to happen.  

She added: ‘I get it why being a young person you would want to hang out with older people, it’s new, it’s exciting, it’s cool. But it’s not cool for a grown person to hang out with a young kid. 

‘I definitely felt like I needed to speak out about the topic as a whole, because this is something I have seen way too many times. 

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Stand up: In September, Zara called out a male Swedish singer for grooming a 15 year old in a bid to raise awareness about the exploitation of teenagers

Stand up: In September, Zara called out a male Swedish singer for grooming a 15 year old in a bid to raise awareness about the exploitation of teenagers

‘I have also been a young girl who thought “oh my god, these older boys, they just think I’m so mature, so special.” But really no, that’s not the case, you’re just young and your easy to manipulate because your brain isn’t fully developed. 

‘It gets even weirder when it comes from musicians who abuse their power with their biggest fans. It puts them in a position of power that they can just so easily abuse, it’s so strange, it really is, and it’s just not ok.’     

Zara has also publicly spoken against companies who don’t align with her morals and ethics. Earlier this year, she ended her collaboration with Chinese technology company, Huawei, after publicly acknowledging that the communist country: ‘Is not a nice state.’

For the pop star, she feels that her new Icons of Style jacket collection with Superdry aligns with her beliefs, her personal brand, and her flair for sporty fashion.     

She said: ‘It was a good lesson learned [working with Huawei] for being extra cautious about people you attach your name too, but I feel really confident with Superdry and their work.

Stunning: Zara has also publicly spoken against companies who don't align with her morals and ethics but feels her new Icons of Style jacket collection with Superdry aligns with her beliefs, her personal brand, and her flair for sporty fashion

Stunning: Zara has also publicly spoken against companies who don’t align with her morals and ethics but feels her new Icons of Style jacket collection with Superdry aligns with her beliefs, her personal brand, and her flair for sporty fashion

‘The collection is good quality but it’s affordable so my friends and family can buy it, and it’s actually my dad’s favourite brand, he loves it.’

Her Autumn/Winter 2020 edit features six iconic jackets in metallic and autumnal hues for a timeless yet edgy look. 

Zara’s collection allows her to make a statement with her ensembles while maintaining comfort and practicality, as she added: ‘Winter and fall is coming up. I love jackets, it’s my favourite thing to shop for. 

‘I’m always the type of person who doesn’t want to take off my jacket because I know it’s part of the outfit, and I also love to be comfortable in sweats.

‘I’m quite a sporty girl, and Superdry have a lot of that which I really love. ‘ 

Cut a stylish figure: Her Autumn/Winter 2020 edit features six iconic jackets in metallic and autumnal hues for a timeless yet edgy look

Cut a stylish figure: Her Autumn/Winter 2020 edit features six iconic jackets in metallic and autumnal hues for a timeless yet edgy look

Zara revealed that she likes to mix and match her fashion, and one of her major style influencers is Rihanna as she admires her ‘versatile’ and ‘experimental’ style.

Another artistic influence in her life is her sister Hanna, who also happens to be in a contemporary R&B duo named Lennixx. 

Zara commends her younger sister, 20, for her creative tenacity, and hopes to collaborate with her in the future: ‘She is so f*****g cool, she is so musical, she is so independent and she knows what she wants. 

‘I am a little bit jealous of her and I think she is a little bit jealous of me… I think she discovers her art in her own pace and own way. 

‘I am still figuring out who I am as a musician, but I think the older I get the easier it is to know and feel comfortable saying “no” to things, even though I am a people pleaser. I am still trying to evolve and develop but I think it just comes with time. 

‘I would love to collaborate with her! We have said we need to collaborate on a song together, I would love that actually.’

The Zara Larsson Icons of Style collection with Superdry launches on October 14.

Sister act: Zara has a younger sister, Hanna,  20, (pictured in 2016) who is in a contemporary R&B duo named Lennixx and the pair hope to collaborate in the future

Sister act: Zara has a younger sister, Hanna,  20, (pictured in 2016) who is in a contemporary R&B duo named Lennixx and the pair hope to collaborate in the future

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Brooke Kinsella reveals she has given birth to daughter Elsie three weeks early

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Ex EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella has birth to her baby daughter Elsie three weeks early.

The actress welcomed a baby girl with her husband Simon Boardley last month and has just shared the news with fans. 

Sharing pictures of her baby, the star, who wed Simon in 2017, wrote: ‘One whole month of utter chaos and magic. Thanks for choosing us Elsie.’ 

Ex-EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella revealed on Instagram on Tuesday she has given birth to daughter Elsie three weeks early as she shared pictures with fans - her daughter is already one month old

Ex-EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella revealed on Instagram on Tuesday she has given birth to daughter Elsie three weeks early as she shared pictures with fans – her daughter is already one month old 

In her sweet post, Brooke announced her baby’s birth last month, writing: ‘And then there was you… Elsie Rose Georgia Boardley. Stole our hearts immediately and forever at 1.07am on 22.09.2020.’

Last month, Brooke paid tribute to Simon with a stunning post, showing him cradling their daughter alongside touching words reading: ‘Feeling so very lucky to have this guy. Best husband and daddy there ever was…  

‘Sending love to all the women who have to do some of what is the toughest and most overwhelming experience you could ever go through on their own…

Adoring: Last month, Brooke paid tribute to Simon with a stunning post, showing him cradling their daughter alongside touching words reading: 'Feeling so very lucky to have this guy. Best husband and daddy there ever was'

Adoring: Last month, Brooke paid tribute to Simon with a stunning post, showing him cradling their daughter alongside touching words reading: ‘Feeling so very lucky to have this guy. Best husband and daddy there ever was’

Sweet: Brooke and Simon tied the knot in 2017

Sweet: Brooke and Simon tied the knot in 2017

‘But also to all the dads who are kept away from their partners and new babies and feel so worried and helpless… 

‘Covid has caused many problems and much heartbreak across the world but this is one issue I really hope changes very soon #butnotmaternity’. 

The exciting news comes after Brooke vowed to ‘carry on her brother Ben’s legacy,’ as she opened an anti-knife crime exhibition in Nottingham in June.

The actress attended the launch of Choice and Consequences at the National Justice Museum, which aims to help curb the rise in knife crime across the country.

Blooming: Brooke showed her changing shape on social media

Blooming: Brooke showed her changing shape on social media

Proud: The exciting news comes after Brooke vowed to 'carry on her brother Ben's legacy,' as she opened an anti-knife crime exhibition in Nottingham in June

Proud: The exciting news comes after Brooke vowed to ‘carry on her brother Ben’s legacy,’ as she opened an anti-knife crime exhibition in Nottingham in June

Brooke has been campaigning against knife crime after her brother Ben was stabbed to death in June 2008 on a night out with pals. He was 16 years old.

Brooke – who played Kelly Taylor in EastEnders in the early 2000s – opened the exhibition highlighting the dangers of knife crime with other members of Ben’s family in attendance. 

Crime minister Victoria Atkins also attended the launch, which saw Brooke speak to the guest about her tireless campaiging.

She said: ‘It’s 11 years to the week since we lost Ben and my family and so many other families have been tireless campaigning to try and make any kind of difference. The Ben Kinsella exhibition is my family’s way of carrying on Ben’s legacy.’

Sad: Brooke's brother Ben was stabbed to death on a night with friends to celebrate the end of his GCSE exams in June 2008. He was 16 years old

Sad: Brooke’s brother Ben was stabbed to death on a night with friends to celebrate the end of his GCSE exams in June 2008. He was 16 years old

Brooke also explained that her inspiration for the exhibition from a letter Ben wrote to then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

She explained: ‘After Ben died we looked through all of his belongings to find any new memory we could of him, and we came across his English coursework book.

‘In that book was a letter that he wrote to the Prime Minister, then Gordon Brown, in which he said he was 16 and how worried he was about the state of our society and the violence amongst young people.

‘It was that letter that led to us creating this Ben Kinsella exhibition and it uses Ben’s story to educate young people on the choices and consequences of knife crime.

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Bella Thorne wears sheer embellished bustier and elf ears

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Bella Thorne and her sibling Dani dressed up as sexy fairies for a series of fun shots posted on Instagram on Monday. 

Actress Bella, 23 wore a semi-sheer diamante encrusted bustier with a purple ostrich feather trim. 

She wore silver satin evening gloves with diamond bracelets over the top and glittering fairy wings. 

Wild! Bella Thorne wore a sheer embellished bustier and elf ears as she and sister Dani dressed up as sexy fairies and posted the snaps on Instagram on Monday

Wild! Bella Thorne wore a sheer embellished bustier and elf ears as she and sister Dani dressed up as sexy fairies and posted the snaps on Instagram on Monday 

Fun times: Bella wore silver satin evening gloves with diamond bracelets over the top and glittering fairy wings as she cosied up to her sister

Fun times: Bella wore silver satin evening gloves with diamond bracelets over the top and glittering fairy wings as she cosied up to her sister 

A jewelled crown sat atop her head and her ethereal make-up matched her look perfectly. 

Bella’s red hair was styled into tight curls and she wore prosthetic elf ears which poked out from under her locks.

Her older sister Dani, 27, teamed a bandeau top with fishnet stockings and white trainers with glittering wings. 

Cute: Bella's red hair was styled into tight curls and she wore prosthetic elf ears which poked out from under her locks

Cute: Bella’s red hair was styled into tight curls and she wore prosthetic elf ears which poked out from under her locks

Cheeky! Dani stuck her tongue out to the camera, much to her sister's delight

Cheeky! Dani stuck her tongue out to the camera, much to her sister’s delight 

She flashed a few of her inkings as she posed with Bella, including a butterfly inking on her tummy. And she showed off her rainbow coloured hair. 

Thorne came under fire recently, after she made $1m in just 24 hours from OnlyFans, and $2m in one week, after joining the site, and causing changes to the site. 

She’s reportedly the first content creator on the platform to earn $1million in their first 24 hours, after briefly crashing the site. 

Raking it in: Thorne came under fire recently, after she made $1m in just 24 hours from OnlyFans, and $2m in one week, after joining the site, and causing changes to the site

Raking it in: Thorne came under fire recently, after she made $1m in just 24 hours from OnlyFans, and $2m in one week, after joining the site, and causing changes to the site

Incredible: She's reportedly the first content creator on the platform to earn $1million in their first 24 hours, after briefly crashing the site

Incredible: She’s reportedly the first content creator on the platform to earn $1million in their first 24 hours, after briefly crashing the site

The Assassination Nation actress told the Los Angeles Times that she made $2million in the first week, which she’s ‘putting the earnings into her production company and toward charity.’   

Although the site is mostly for adult entertainers to monetize their work, Thorne tweeted after the incident: ‘Also nooooo I’m not doing nudity!!!’

She told Paper: ‘OnlyFans is the first platform where I can fully control my image; without censorship, without judgement, and without being bullied online for being me.’ 

Passing it on: The Assassination Nation actress told the Los Angeles Times that she made $2million in the first week, which she's 'putting the earnings into her production company and toward charity'

Passing it on: The Assassination Nation actress told the Los Angeles Times that she made $2million in the first week, which she’s ‘putting the earnings into her production company and toward charity’

All the colours: Dani seemed pretty pleased with her rainbow hair

All the colours: Dani seemed pretty pleased with her rainbow hair 

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Lottie Moss puts on a VERY cheeky display in lingerie as she models Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS

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The SKIMS shapewear line has been flooding social media with the likes of Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba and Sofia Richie all modelling the garments. 

And Lottie Moss became the latest big name to try out Kim Kardashian‘s collection as she took to Instagram on Tuesday. 

Clad in a skimpy two-piece, the 22-year-old model proved to be a perfect advert for the brand. 

Stunning: Lottie Moss became the latest big name to try out Kim Kardashian's SKIMS collection as she took to Instagram on Tuesday

Stunning: Lottie Moss became the latest big name to try out Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS collection as she took to Instagram on Tuesday

Working her angles, the stunning half-sister of Kate Moss pouted down the lens and flicked her glossy locks.   

Highlighting her sensational figure, Lottie exposed her taut stomach before twirling round to flash her peachy derriere. 

The cheeky garment also offered a look at the ‘not yours’ tattoo on her bottom which she had inked back in 2017.   

Dressed to impress: Clad in a skimpy two-piece, the 22-year-old model proved to be a perfect advert for the brand

Dressed to impress: Clad in a skimpy two-piece, the 22-year-old model proved to be a perfect advert for the brand

While Lottie is known for her super glamorous posts, she reminded her followers life isn’t always picture perfect as she took to Instagram last month.

The model shared a couple of pictures of herself crying after watching a ‘lame’ film as she urged her followers to remember that ‘everything isn’t always perfect.’

Enjoying a little ‘me-time’, the evening seemed to be a pleasant one as she indulged in a relaxing face mask while at home, writing ‘self-care’ over the snap. 

Stunning: Working her angles, the stunning half-sister of Kate Moss pouted down the lens and flicked her glossy locks

Wow: Highlighting her sensational figure, Lottie exposed her taut stomach before twirling round to flash her peachy derriere

Stunning: Working her angles, the stunning half-sister of Kate Moss pouted down the lens and flicked her glossy locks

Then sobbing, she wrote’: I shouldn’t watch sad films.’

She then cried harder and penned: ‘It’s OK to not be OK sometimes. It’s OK to cry at lame films and it’s OK to be a bit lost in life.

‘Everyone’s lives look so amazing on Instagram and I’m here to remind you that everything isn’t always perfect.’ 

'It's OK to be a bit lost in life': While the younger sister of Kate Moss is known for her super glamorous posts, Lottie reminded her followers life wasn't always picture perfect

‘It’s OK to be a bit lost in life’: While the younger sister of Kate Moss is known for her super glamorous posts, Lottie reminded her followers life wasn’t always picture perfect

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