Singer Camila Cabello has called out body-shaming online in the most mature and honest way imaginable, highlighting the dangerous precedent it sets for young women and girls. Just when we thought we couldn’t love her any more.
I know what you’re thinking. In this here 2019, are some media outlets really still shaming women for daring to be happy in the bodies they were born with?
Yes, dear reader. I’m afraid they are.
Something we can celebrate, though, is how this constant criticism has bred a new kind of celebrity. Women in the public eye who are compassionate, honest and refuse to be cowed by misogyny. Women like Cuban-Mexican popstar Camila Cabello.
The 22-year-old recently posted a message to her Instagram Stories, calling out body-shamers and skewering the “airbrushed world” that forces women and girls to seek “a perfection that’s not real”.
With Señorita – a duet with her partner Shawn Mendes – currently at number 1 in the UK and number 3 in the US, Cabello has been riding high of late.
It’s also the two-year anniversary of her first solo hit Havana, so she decided to return from a social media break to post a celebratory picture. But then she saw posts criticising her appearance online.
“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!” Cabello wrote.
“But then I was like… of course there are bad pictures, of course there are bad angles, my body’s not made of fucking rock, or all muscle, for that matter.”
She went on to highlight the dangerous precedent body-shamers were setting for young people growing up in the digital age.
“I’m writing this for girls like my little sister who are growing up on social media,” she said.
“They’re constantly seeing photoshopped, edited pictures and thinking that’s reality, and everyone’s eyes get 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.”
If you’re not punching the air in solidarity yet, Cabello’s sign-off was a clear-cut message to anyone feeling judged or uncomfortable in their own skin.
“Girls, cellulite is normal. Fat is normal. It’s beautiful and natural. I won’t buy into this bullshit today! Not today, Satan. And I hope you don’t either,” she wrote.
Speaking directly to her 37.3 million Instagram followers, Cabello has drowned out the negativity with words of support and self-love that will resonate with any woman who has ever felt the pressure to look a certain way.
She has been vocal about many important issues in the past, from opening up about her struggles with anxiety and OCD to speaking out against the US government’s treatment of immigrants during her 2018 Grammys performance.
With this latest message, she has further cemented her status not only as a global star, but as a young woman with far more maturity and self-respect than the tabloid journalists who try to attack her.
Camila, you’re doing amazing sweetie.