It’s easy to fall into the trap of judgement and critiquing every tiny detail of our bodies, especially with the way social media has rewired our brains. Ask yourself this; how many times a day do you say something negative about yourself? It’s as though our generation has been taught to judge not only others but ourselves. We have been taught we must look a certain way to be accepted and be classed as ‘beautiful’ in this society. We never got to experience the days when you could simply appreciate everybody’s individual beauty.
I’m sure like most of you are, I am sick of endlessly scrolling down my Instagram feed comparing myself to every beach body I see, like it is second nature to us. When was the last time you truly felt confident and full of self-love?
Maybe body acceptance is something we should all be practicing after being conditioned otherwise by the media and Instagram since we were young women. Is it any wonder we feel so hopeless? I’m not convinced we ever wanted to see photoshopped bikini pics on the cover of magazines or face-tuned flawless selfies on Insta. Yet now it is all we are used to and it is the standard we are held to.
It also seems to be something many celebs are continuously fed up with. The countless times the media tries to critique and shame the women we look up to, is it any wonder we are conditioned to judge one another and ourselves?
While there are many celebs who are in the spotlight trying to fight this narrative.
Selena Gomez recently took to Tiktok to speak out about the heart-breaking comments that are left within her comments daily. Every. Single. Day. Gomez has to face seeing judgment on her own healthy body and weight.
When recalling the constant scrutiny, she said: “Honestly, I don’t care about my weight because people b**ch about it anyway. ‘You’re too small.’ ‘You’re too big.’ ‘That doesn’t fit.’ ‘Meh meh meh’. B**ch, I am perfect the way I am. Moral of this story? Bye!"
A role model and our own personal hype girl.
Will we ever live in a world where a woman’s stomach isn’t a headline? Kourtney Kardashian has been recently put through scrutiny for looking ‘pregnant’ in recent loved-up pics with fiancé Travis Barker on her Instagram. With many troll accounts commenting and tabloids too on her stomach.
However, the reality star recently revealed the reasoning and pain behind these comments in a recent Kardashian episode. The perfect example of you never know what someone is going through, as the series revealed Kourtney is undergoing IVF treatment and is of course a little bloated and struggling mentally and physically.
"Every single person on social media is always like, 'Kourtney's pregnant,'" she told mom Kris Jenner, "'Kourtney's gained so much weight.' And I'm like, it's so rude to comment on people when you have no idea what they're actually going through."
Empowering women who won’t accept these comments as normal in society.
Most recently Camilla Cabello took to Instagram with a lengthy message she poured her heart and soul into after being left feeling vulnerable and insecure by the paparazzi at a beach club in Miami.
“Every time I've gone to this beach club in Miami, I get papped–somehow when I check in paps no and get me in my bikini, and every time I've felt super vulnerable”
“I reminded myself when it impacted my self-esteem, that I was thinking the culture's thoughts and not my own. A culture that has gotten so used to an image of what a ‘healthy’ woman's body looks like that is completely not real for a lot of women."
She goes on to tell her fans that today at the beach, “I held my core so tight my ribs hurt and didn't breathe and barely smiled and was so self-conscious of where the paps were the whole time I couldn't let go and relax”
Normally a self-confident queen, Camilla was clearly taken back by the whole experience.
Is this truly what we women have to experience? It seems as a generation we are ready to change the narrative. Let’s hope 2022 brings positive vibes.