Taylor Swift and Jameela Jamil have joined forces in the body neutrality movement, after Swift gave a candid interview about the issue.
The singer, who chatted to Lowe on the Apple radio station Beats 1, discussed the scrutiny that she has faced since first coming into the public light in her teens. This includes a fixation on her dating life, rather than her music and talent, thanks to society’s “internalised misogyny”.
Swift also commented on how watching other female artists being treated similarly by the media puts her “in a sad place”.
She continued: “I think now, thank God we’ve had MeToo movements and moments where we’re looking at ourselves as a society and we’re looking at internalised misogyny. We’re looking at the way we treat critiquing women’s bodies.”
Swift then showed her support for Jamil, who continues to campaign for body neutrality with her I Weigh campaign after launching it in 2018.
“We have amazing women out there like Jameela Jamil saying, ‘I’m not trying to spread body positivity. I’m trying to spread body neutrality where I can sit here and not think about what my body is looking like’,” she said. “We have made incredible progress. We’ve made incredible strides.”
Jamil has now responded to Swift’s comments in an Instagram post.
“It’s nice to know my words reach even the most scrutinised and harassed people, and help in any way. I can’t imagine being under her microscope since I was 12. Body Liberation is all I can advocate for.
“I want to be free of my body. Body Positivity is something those who are societally and even medically discriminated against for the size, and it’s an incredibly important movement that moves alongside the much needed Fat acceptance movement. Some really good influencers in that space are @yrfatfriend and @simonemariposa and @tessholliday
“But if you, like me, have a history of ED and Body Dysmorphia then @i_weigh is for you. We move away from the external body and straight to the mind and heart.”
She added: “Sometimes loving something you have hated for so long is too much work. And it’s OK if it’s too intimidating a challenge straight away. Love is a big emotion to access in the face of so much external programming of hatred. So neutrality and ignoring it, and avoiding full length mirrors, and getting on with my day and trying to utilize the minutes I used to spend thinking about food and calories, and cellulite, is how I skate around that to preserve my mental health.
“Some of you have heard me say this before, but some of you are new and may find this helpful. I would love to hear your thoughts below. X.”
It sounds like this is a movement that the pair are going to keep championing.