Selena Gomez Designed a Bathing Suit to Cover Her Kidney Transplant Scar
For her friend's new swim line, Selena Gomez wanted to create a bikini bottom that rises high enough to hide her scar.
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, revealing that she designed a new bikini that actually covers it.
Gomez teamed up with her friend Theresa Mingus for the launch of Mingus' new 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 new 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 the video, Mingus said her hope with the line is to have a variety of swimsuits so that all women can find something they feel confident wearing. Full disclosure, though: The Krahs swimsuits—including all bikini tops, bottoms, and one-pieces—are only offered in size XS–XXL. If you're looking for a more diverse range, the Hunter McGrady x Playful Promises collection offers U.S. sizes 14–20 (and 38–44 C–I for bra tops), and Swimsuits for All offers sizes 4–40 (36–46 DD–G for bra tops). (Related: These Body-Positive Women Will Inspire You to Wear a Bikini with Confidence)
Gomez expressed a similar outlook regarding the clothes she designed for her Strong Girl collaboration with Puma. "I get really insecure sometimes, I go through weird ups and downs, but in general I just want people to wear what they feel comfortable in," she told Elle before the launch.
In talking about her designs, Gomez has 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. 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.