In a recent social media post, pop sensation Ariana Grande has called on her fans to stop body shaming and embrace body positivity. The 28-year-old singer, who has been a vocal advocate for self-love and acceptance, took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the issue.
In her post, Grande shared a screenshot of a tweet that read, “Normalize normal bodies,” and added her own commentary. “I love y’all, but please stop talking about my body. It’s not your business and it’s never going to be. I’m a human being and I’m tired of being objectified and scrutinized. Let’s focus on what really matters – spreading love and positivity,” she wrote.
The message resonated with her millions of followers, who flooded the comments section with messages of support and gratitude. Many shared their own stories of struggling with body image issues and thanked Grande for using her platform to promote self-love and body positivity.
This isn’t the first time Grande has spoken out about body shaming. In a 2015 interview with Complex, she discussed the pressure women face to conform to unrealistic beauty standards. “If you’re going to rave about how sexy a male artist looks with his shirt off, and a woman decides to get in her panties or show her boobies for a photo shoot, she needs to be treated with the same awe and admiration,” she said.
Grande’s message comes at a time when the conversation around body image and self-acceptance is more important than ever. With social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok contributing to unrealistic beauty standards and a culture of comparison, it’s crucial to have voices like Grande’s advocating for self-love and acceptance.
As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Grande has a unique platform to promote positive change. By speaking out against body shaming and promoting body positivity, she’s sending a powerful message to her fans and setting an example for others to follow.
She then urged her followers to “be gentler and less comfortable commenting on people’s bodies, no matter what,” adding, “If you think you’re saying something good or well-intentioned, whatever it is, healthy, unhealthy, big, small, this, that, sexy, nonsense — we should really strive to do less of that.”
Despite the 2012 launch of the #bodypositivity social media movement, which was a continuation of the 1969 Fat Acceptance movement initiated by fat, queer Black women who demanded that their bodies be treated with respect, the morbid obsession with policing other people’s bodies appears to be stronger than ever.
In the past few months alone, Halle Berry has had to respond to internet trolls after posting an Instagram photo of herself consuming wine while nude.
One Twitter user wrote, “Imagine being in your 50s and still posting nudes for attention in menopause when you should be chilling with your grandchildren,” to which she replied, “Did you guys know the heart of a prawn is located in its head?” While the internet mercilessly mocked Emilia Clarke’s no-makeup, no-filter selfie, one Twitter user commented, “Lmao wow Daenerys Targaryen didn’t just hit the wall; she flew into it at full speed on a dragon.” After donning a naked dress that was on-trend to the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party, singer Ciara was also subjected to uninvited criticism. “Husbands, would you let your wife go out in public dressed like Ciara?” asked one social media user, sparking an unwarranted debate over appropriate evening attire for married women (answer: anything they want).