Unrealistic beauty standards are hardly a new issue, but the internet and social media have certainly made things a lot worse. After coming across someone body shaming her online, Camila Cabello revealed how insecure this made her feel. The “Señorita” singer made a powerful post on her Instagram story calling out society’s body shaming epidemic.
“I haven’t gone on social media AT ALL with the conscious intention of avoiding things that hurt my feelings, but for a second I forgot while trying to find a pic to post about it being ‘Havana’’s 2 year anniversary and my eyes accidentally ran over a head line of people ‘body shaming me,'” Cabello wrote.
She continued: “Honestly first thing felt was super insecure just IMAGINING what these pictures must look like. My cellulite! oh no! I didn’t suck in my stomach! But then I was like…of course there are bad pictures, of course there are bad angles, my body’s not made of f— rock, or all muscle for that matter.”
Cabello then pointed out how dangerous these standards are for young girls. “I’m writing this for girls like my little sister who are growing up on social media. They’re constantly seeing photoshopped, edited pictures and thinking that’s reality, and everyone’s eyes get used to seeing airbrushed bodies and airbrushed skin and suddenly they think THAT’s the norm. It isn’t. It’s fake. AND FAKE IS BECOMING THE NEW REAL. We have a completely unrealistic view of a woman’s body.”
She continued by urging young women to embrace their natural bodies and take airbrushed perfection with a grain of salt. “Girls, cellulite is normal. Fat is normal. It’s beautiful and natural. I won’t buy into the b— today!!!!! Not today satan. and I hope you don’t either.”
Last year, Cabello faced similar criticism when she posted a photo with her hand over her belly, causing people speculate that she was pregnant. “Guys don’t be crazy,” she responded “I’VE BEEN TOURING AMERICA EATING DELICIOUS FOODS LEAVE ME AND MY BELLY ALONE!”
I think we can all agree with the star’s message: leave. women. alone. Also, it’s worth noting that cellulite is totally normal and has nothing to do with weight. So let’s maybe stop focusing on that — and anything else on a woman’s body that’s none of anyone else’s business.