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Camila Cabello Takes Down Body Shamers and Unrealistic Ideas of Body Image on Social Media

Camila Cabello Takes Down Body Shamers and Unrealistic Ideas of Body Image on Social Media Image Credit : Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Pop star Camila Cabello, famous for the catchy song that runs through all of our heads 24/7 “Havana”, is now drawing attention for her views on body image and how dangerous social media shaming can be for women and young girls. She shares a story of how she recently had to confront her own body shaming issues on social media and how damaging that was to her confidence.

Today reports about the 22-year-old’s recent run-in with body shaming online and how that stirred feelings of insecurity and eventually strength. Cabello shares that she normally avoids social media at all costs due to the negativity she has encountered in the past. Cabello explains,”I haven’t gone on social media AT ALL with the conscious intention of avoiding things that hurt my feelings, but for a second I forgot while trying to find a pic to post about it being Havana’s 2 year anniversary and my eyes accidentally ran over a headline of people ‘body shaming me’”.

Cabello admits that her first feelings upon seeing the headlines was insecurity and fear. She writes, “Honestly, first thing I felt was super insecure just IMAGINING what these pictures must look like, oh no! My cellulite! Oh no! I didn’t suck in my stomach! But then I was like…of course there are bad pictures, of course there are bad angles, my body’s not made of f—ing rock, or all muscle for that matter.” 

After reminding herself that taking “bad” pictures is only human and everyone in the world has what many may perceive as flaws, she was able to think more clearly and remind her young fans that what they often see on social media and in magazines is not real. She says, “They’re constantly seeing photoshopped, edited pictures and thinking that’s reality and everyone's eyes gets used to seeing airbrushed bodies and airbrushed skin and suddenly they think THAT’S the norm?!!! It isn’t. It’s fake. AND FAKE IS BECOMING THE NEW REAL. We have a completely unrealistic view of a woman’s body.” 

Because cellulite and bad camera angles are genuinely a part of everyone’s daily life, it is not a surprise that celebs we have put on pedestals suffer from the same insecurities we do. Cabello ends her Instagram post with a message to young women saying, “Girls, cellulite is normal. Fat is normal. It’s beautiful and natural. I won’t buy into the bull— today!!!! Not today satan. And I hope you don’t either.”

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