"I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone."
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Selena Gomez is living it up in Sydney, but some people (aka trolls) are more concerned with her body than with her trip. Paparazzi photographed her wearing a bikini for the first time since her kidney transplant surgery, and the photos drew comments. Some congratulated Gomez for baring her transplant scar, while some criticized her weight. Today Gomez posted a video Instagram, seemingly in response to all the commotion. (Related: Selena Gomez Shares How She's Embracing Her Post-Transplant Scars)
She posted clips of her and her friends hanging out on a boat with books and avocados on hand, fitting in the obligatory Titanic reenactment. Alongside the footage of the group looking like they're loving life, Gomez posted a caption including a quote from the synopsis of Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth. "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," she wrote. (This fitness blogger's post shows how women body-shame themselves.)
She added her own words that read like a direct response to the recent comments about her body. "I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. Wind in her sails." (This wouldn't be the first time Gomez fired back at people for analyzing her body.)
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.
Whether or not Gomez's post was a direct response to the comments about her body, it shows that no woman is immune to pressure from society's beauty standards. But judging by how happy Gomez looks in the video, she's not letting the haters stop her from living her life.
#MindYourOwnShape shows the REAL effects of body-shaming and encourages women to stand together against body-shamers. Because loving your body should never mean hating on someone else's.