Maddie Conrad, Nashville
Okay, so yes, the elder Conrad daughter still has a lot to learn about the grown up world of sex, drugs and country songs, but like Taylor Swift before her, Maddie is letting her lyrics express the complex emotions that she can’t. And so what if her insecure boyfriend can’t take it? Maddie tells Cole “I love you, but I don’t like you,” as she storms out on him and it may not be the end for these two, but doesn’t it feel like Cole has served his purpose? Every aspiring country star needs to loose her v-card to some jerk who doesn’t understand her. And then she needs to write a chart topping song about it. (Just ask T-Swift).
Fierce factor: 2/5 Beyoncés
Alessia Cara, The Juno Awards
She killed it at this weekend’s Junos, performing her hit anthem “Here” scoring the trophy for breakthrough artists…and scorching on the red carpet in a sequins-and mesh show stopper by the Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji. Cara has, in the past, been a jeans-and-beanie-cap kinda girl, eschewing a glam squad and extolling the virtues of sneakers. Which is awesome. But so is this dress. Every the modest Bramptonian, Cara joked that she was still a Plain Jane. Um—on what planet?
Fierce factor: 3/5 Beyoncés
Cookie Lyons, Empire
If you’re going to beat your son because he is threatening to destroy your fledgling music label (and you probably should not), best to do it with a handbag that costs more than most houses, after you kick things off with a broom. In the Spring premiere of Empire, everyone’s favourite matriarch is as fierce and, yes, frightening as ever. Coming soon: The Cookie Lyon’s School of Self Defence With Designer Handbags. Who says fashion can’t be functional?
Fierce factor: 4/5 Beyoncés