"Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through."

By Renee Cherry
Updated September 24, 2020
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Selena Gomez attends the 2020 Hollywood Beauty Awards at The Taglyan Complex on February 06, 2020 in Los Angeles, California
Credit: Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images

Since having her kidney transplant surgery, Selena Gomez has been honest about how she feels about her post-op scar. In an interview with Billboard in 2017, she admitted that she struggled to accept her kidney transplant scar, especially at first. "I remember looking at myself in the mirror completely naked and thinking about all the things that I used to bitch about and just asking, 'Why?'" she told the magazine.

Now, she's once again addressed how she views her scar, and how her perspective has changed over time. In a new Instagram post, the singer shared a stunning photo of herself in a La Mariette one-piece bathing suit (FYI, you can score her exact one-piece here). The pic shows her posing confidently, revealing a scar from her kidney transplant on her right inner thigh.

"When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar. I didn't want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up," Gomez wrote in the caption. "Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through...and I'm proud of that."

Gomez's feelings about her kidney transplant scar have evolved over time. Back in 2019, she teamed up with her friend Theresa Mingus for the launch of Mingus' now-defunct swim line, Krahs. The singer designed three limited-edition pieces for a "Selena x Krahs" collection: a bikini top, a one-piece suit, and a high-waisted bottom, all in red or black. In a promo video for the brand, Gomez talked about why she went with a high-waisted bottom when designing the two-piece swimsuit.

"I did have a really good time designing," she said in the video. "The design I did, one of them, it was the high-waisted one with the belt. I've had a kidney transplant and I like bathing suits that kind of cover where that's been and make me feel comfortable." (ICYMI: Selena Gomez Received a Kidney Donation from Her Best Friend)

In talking about her Krahs Swim designs, Gomez emphasized that she wants to meet women where they're at in terms of body image. In a perfect world, everyone would feel comfortable displaying their scars, stretch marks, and cellulite as badges of pride 24/7 — but it's not always that easy. Some people are proud of the scars and marks that make them who they are, and that's great. Some people's feelings about their scars change over time, as in Gomez's experience. But it's still okay to have reservations about these things, too. (In fact, many women aim for a "body-neutral" approach, arguing that being "body-positive" all the time isn't realistic.)

Bottom line: While stories of how women have learned to embrace their bodies are powerful, it can also be reassuring to get a reminder that celebs deal with insecurities, too.

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