Selena Gomez isn't going to let negative comments about her body stop her from enjoying her holiday in Australia. The Bad Liar singer took to her Instagram on Tuesday, March 20, to pen a message about "the beauty myth" — which appears to be in response to photos published of her relaxing in a bikini onboard a boat.
The images published on Monday, March 19, show Selena's surgery scars from her kidney transplant and provoked a huge reaction online, with some trolls body shaming the star and suggesting that she has gained weight and looked "a bit fat.” However, Selena has hit back with her own comment on the pressures placed on women to look "flawless.”
VIEW GALLERY Selena responded to body shamers with an Instagram post Photo: The Grosby Group
Posting a video of herself and her friends having fun on their Australian holiday, Selena penned: "The beauty myth- an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone.
Wind in her sails. 🌈💜.”
The social media post has inspired a number of Selena's 134 million followers, with many commenting to say how "beautiful" her words were. Others shared their messages of support for the singer. "As long as you are happy don't let others put you down. You're beautiful the way you are," one wrote. One of the many people who came to Selena’s defense was fellow actress Eiza González. The Baby Driver star shared a screenshot of Selena’s picture on her Instagram Story with a message that read: “Stupid the amount of pressure women go through to be considered “desirable.""
She added, “Because some women are public figures doesn’t mean you don’t f—k with their heads and insecurities. We succumb as well, trust me. If it’s hard to be body shamed by one person let alone the whole world having an opinion about you. Be sympathetic with others. Seriously. And so proud that she’s standing for herself. @selenagomez F—k body shaming.”
It has been a rollercoaster year for Selena, following her kidney transplant last summer. The 25-year-old said the operation had been "life or death" and has since completed a two-week treatment program in New York for anxiety and depression in January. Although Selena had rekindled her relationship with Justin Bieber in late 2017, the pair reportedly parted ways again at the beginning of March and are currently enjoying a "cooling off period" from each other.