People have STRONG opinions about celebrities and how their bodies look.
I still can’t figure out why people obsess over this and pick celebs apart, and honestly, I’m OVER IT.
Which is why it’s SUCH a breath of fresh air to see some celebrities changing the discussion. They’re opening up about loving the skin they’re in and they’re shifting the focus away from what the media portrays as “perfect.”
Perfect example: Demi Lovato
She struggled with bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, exercise addiction, and drug addiction, ALL in the public eye.
She’s been on a roller coaster for most of her life, starting with an eating disorder that started at a very young age. Recovery eventually turned into exercise addiction. Eventually, the pressure, exhaustion, and unhappiness led to heroin addiction. Finally, it was in rehab when she finally received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. The diagnosis and treatment was a big part of tackling what was going on with her mental health, but her struggle with body image still weighed heavily.
After a drug overdose in 2018, she decided she was done hiding her battles and she was done trying to meet everyone else’s standards.
So, she opened up and became a role model for recovery and body acceptance.
To celebrate her own recovery and confidence, she posted this. Annnnd it broke the internet.
View this post on Instagram
I’m gonna quote some of the caption from this post because it is GOLD:
“I’m just literally sooooo tired of being ashamed of my body, editing it (yes the other bikini pics were edited – and I hate that I did that but it’s the truth) so that others think I’m THEIR idea of what beautiful is, but it’s just not me. This is what I got.”
Did you just get the chills? BECAUSE I DID.
I can’t imagine the kind of courage it had to take for her to post this picture, not because it isn’t BEAUTIFUL, but because she has been pushed to conform to what we’re brainwashed to believe is “perfect” for so long. On top of that pressure, the girl has just been through so much. This picture represents recovery, acceptance and peace. It’s SO POWERFUL.
SO. What can we take away from this?
First, I think it’s important to go over a few things:
- Do we have the right to comment on anyone else’s weight? NO.
- Is it productive to comment on whether they gained or lost weight, and how they got there? Nooope.
- Is weight loss always healthy? Of course not. But can weight loss come from healthy changes? Absolutely.
- Should we make assumptions about why someone lost weight? NOO.
Basically what I’m saying is that first we need to stop adding fuel to the fire. The commenting and assumptions aren’t making anyone feel better!
Let’s follow Demi’s lead and stop beating ourselves up over a “perfect” body that doesn’t actually exist. All of our bodies are AMAZING and PERFECT in their own unique way. We’re always capable of getting stronger, learning new skills and achieving some really amazing things, all thanks to our bodies! And if we were all the same, that would be really boring anyway, right?!
Let’s change the discussion to what we LOVE about our bodies, mmk?