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06th Oct 2023

Selena Gomez opens up about the impact of ‘impossible’ beauty standards

Selena Gomez

Global superstar, Selena Gomez, said she was left with feelings of self-hatred over unflattering pictures of her flooding the internet.

Selena Gomez has opened up about the impact that ‘impossible’ beauty standards are having on women coupled with a constant stream of ‘unrealistic expectations’.

She spoke about the level of online scrutiny she faced after pictures of her in a bikini from a 2018 trip to Sydney became the talking point of tabloids across the globe.

The singer was photographed relaxing on a yacht in a bikini in March 2018 and it wasn’t long before online trolls were critiquing her body.

People were going as far as to comment on photographs that showed scars from her 2017 kidney transplant surgery. 

Meanwhile, others were commenting on her weight, which led to Selena responding to the criticism on social media to say she no longer had a ‘teenager’s body’.

In a new interview with Fast Company, Selena Gomez explained: “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 fulfil society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty.”

She went on to say that she struggled with her body image during a photoshoot as she came to terms with the fact that she no longer has a ‘teenager’s body’.

Selena said: “None of the sample sizes were fitting, and that would make me feel embarrassed. Although, how unrealistic is it to expect a normal woman’s body not to change?

“There were those moments of not feeling positive about how I looked because of what I’d see on Instagram. ‘Wow, I wish my body looked like that’.”

Selena is among many celebrities now speaking out about their body-image issues due to the scrutiny facing them in the media and online from trolls.


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