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Kate Leaver

Writer. Senior Editor at mamamia.com.au

Before she became Celebrity/Social Issues Editor at Mamamia, Kate Leaver was a magazine features editor, accidental finance columnist, radio producer, drama teacher, sketch comedian and freelance journo.
She’ll write about everything – but most ardently mental health, politics, Jennifer Lawrence, Britney Spears’ emotional wellbeing, feminism, asylum seekers, and her beloved rescue dog, Lady Fluffington.

Eat More Like Sophia Loren. Less Like Gwyneth Paltrow.

My New Year's Day Google searches included "juice cleanse," "boot camp" and "Help me! Christmas made me feel chubby". It happens every year: January the 1st hits, we want to be our hottest selves instantly and we'll do whatever it takes to get there. Fast.
15/01/2015 11:17 GMT

Twelve Reasons Being an Auntie Is the Greatest Job in the World

Making a teeny-tiny human is the greatest thing your brother/sister ever did. They didn't do it for you, obviously. But sometimes, in a perfect moment with your niece/nephew on your lap, it feels like maybe they kind-of did.When my nephew, Charlie, puts his little hand in mine, the whole world makes sense. His existence is joy.
14/11/2014 17:16 GMT

"Lily Collins Made Me Cry"

When Lily imagines people crying in her movies, she probably thinks it's a delicate, salty trickle down their faces. But not me. Leaving an advanced session of her latest movie Love, Rosie was like trying to walk straight with a waterfall of tears and mascara gushing down my front.
12/11/2014 17:34 GMT

This Is NOT a Plus-Size Model Calvin Klein

Looking at this woman from any other perspective - from outside the strict, bizarre world of fashion - Myla Dalbesio isn't "plus-size". She is MODEL SIZE. Angular in places, soft in others, but with semi-protruding ribs and minimal body fat. She is stunning to look at, obviously. She's a beauty. But 'plus-size'? No.
12/11/2014 08:28 GMT

Cressida Bonas Chose Her Career Over Being a Princess... A + For That Decision

This girl could have had a husband, a tiara, a baby, a title, a palace, and her own specialised bottom minder by now. She could have been defined by her slimness, her reproductive abilities, and how long she could spend waving to commoners before her arm got tired. Instead, she's free to do whatever the hell she wants with her life.
25/07/2014 16:15 BST

Get Out, Beyonce... Go

Together, they've got 27 Grammys, 20 Billboard Music awards, $1 billion in personal wealth, 112 million social media followers, 11 houses, seven fragrances, two world tours and one very cute child. All of their success and the angst about them splitting is based on a very questionable idea: That Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter is a good person. I dispute that.
23/07/2014 17:22 BST

He Stole Her Moment of Professional Glory, by Proposing

Most people saw a romantic marriage proposal on a tennis court. But not me. What I saw was a (lovely, loving, well-intentioned) man stealing a professionally glorious moment from his beloved. What I saw was two life-defining events crashing into one another messily.
23/06/2014 09:36 BST

'I Wish I Had Breast Cancer'

We're talking about actual human beings existing in the twilight of grief and primal fear that comes with cancer. And if a lung, bowel, or pancreatic cancer patient feels, in that horrific state of mind, that it'd be easier to have a more socially acceptable cancer like breast cancer... We can't judge that. What are we doing, policing the private fears of terminally ill people now?
25/02/2014 18:01 GMT

The 11 Facebook Friends You Need to Un-friend Immediately

Going through a thorough Facebook friend cull can be really hard. But sometimes it's just necessary. I'm here for you. Here to hold your hand. Here to take you on a un-friending journey that will ultimately leave your newsfeed - and your life - lighter. Alright. Let's do this.
14/02/2014 16:33 GMT

I Have So Many Girl Crushes That My Mum Thinks I'm a Lesbian

My colleagues know me as "the defender of fierce girl crushes". And if you spend five minutes with me, I'll sneak my undying love for a female celebrity into our conversation so artfully, you won't even notice until we're analysing Emily Blunt's life choices. Is it a generational thing, to develop really intense loyalty to certain famous women? Or is it just me?
11/02/2014 12:32 GMT

Think 'Blurred Lines' Was Bad? You Should See This New Enrique Iglesias Video

Enrique casually leans on one woman's nearly naked bottom, while another woman grinds hers into his right ear. He buries his handsome face in the crevice of the first woman's arse. The camera pans across a room filled with women in bikinis, lacy lingerie, and see-through underwear. The men are fully clothed.
05/02/2014 17:24 GMT

Taylor Swift Is a Decent Role Model for Young Women, Why Does the Internet Tear Her to Shreds?

It appears that hating Taylor Swift is one of the internet's favourite hobbies. Just Google her name and you're hit with a virtual tsunami of fierce hatred... But here's the thing. Hatred for Taylor Swift seems entirely arbitrary. Nobody appears able to properly justify trolling her, or disliking her. Substitute any other young pop star into any of the above-described scenarios and the public reaction would have been completely different.
29/01/2014 17:03 GMT