Her inspiring words will make you re-evaluate how you look at your own "imperfections."

By Renee Cherry
Updated: December 01, 2017

Some women wear post-op scars with pride, loving the reminder of a battle they survived. (Like women who have their mastectomy scars tattooed.) But accepting your body in its new form doesn't always come easily, as Selena Gomez can attest. The singer was honored as "Woman of the Year" at the Billboard Women in Music 2017 awards last night, and in her interview with the mag she revealed that she didn't feel comfortable with her kidney transplant scar at first. (Refresher: This summer, Gomez received a kidney transplant from her bestie Francia Raisa, a result of her ongoing battle with lupus.)

"It was really hard in the beginning," she told the mag. "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?' I had someone in my life for a very long time who pointed out all the things that I didn't feel great about with myself. When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do-lasers and creams and all that stuff-but I'm okay with it."

Gomez went on to say that she's cool with plastic surgery, but she doesn't feel the need for it right now. "I just think, for me, it could be my eyes, my round face, my ears, my legs, my scar. I don't have perfect abs, but I feel like I'm wonderfully made," she continued. (Related: Chrissy Teigen Keeps It Real By Admitting Everything About Her Is Fake)

Lately, women have been sharing their stories of learning to love their scars, stretch marks, or "flaws" in hopes of inspiring others to stop thinking of them as something to hide. As Gomez pointed out, body-acceptance and self-love don't always happen immediately, but it's possible to discover beauty in your insecurities.

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Comments (2)

ScoutOMalley
December 18, 2017
I would like to encourage her to be brave and talk about Lupus and endeavor to educate people. In 200 My sister was diagnosed with Lupus in the hospital, after it had paralyzed her. She was hospitalized in May and died on September 28th. Lupus is a horrible insidious disease that we knew NOTHING about. Looking back, if recognized and diagnosed, she might have lived. So wear those scars proudly or cover them it is your choice. But please, please, be a voice for yourself and others. I'm rooting for you.
ScoutOMalley
December 18, 2017
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