These Celebrities Won’t Have It With Body-Shaming And Conforming To Body Standards



Growing up in the age of social media is like living in a glass house.

Everything is transparent and anyone from outside can see what we’re doing. This especially applies to celebrities and public figures. When we admire them, we immediately take our phones, follow them on Instagram, and become an audience to their life beyond the spotlight.

Because of this, we think there’s more authenticity among these people because they do the same things normal people do.  Hence, we start to relate to them and base their lifestyle as “goals” to our own lives.

When we see them with their significant other, we comment “#relationshipgoals.” When they’re hanging out with friends, we say “#friendshipgoals.” And when they post pictures of their body, we comment “#bodygoals.”

But how did we set the standards that make us good enough to be “goals”?

It all boils down to the beauty standards set by society and media. We’re so used to seeing women with perfect bodies; flat stomach, thigh gap, skinny arms, small waist. Most of these imagery portrayed by the media went through dozens of editing process in order for it to look that flawless. So by comparing ourselves to these photos, we set an unrealistic standard on each other that’s almost impossible to reach.

For Women’s Month, we want to enlighten young people by sharing these fearless women who took a stand against unrealistic body standards and erase the notion of being flawless.

Bela Padilla

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In her recent trip to Amanpulo for an Omega event, Bela posted a series of pictures under the sun, wearing a printed black and white bikini. In one of her Instagram photos, she was posing sitting down on the sand. There were people who went out of their way to comment about Bela’s stomach. This is how she reacted:

Bela expressed her surprise from the amount of people who pointed out her belly fat in the comments. She even had to explain on Twitter that her belly holds her organs in order for her to live, a layer of muscles from going to the gym, and a layer of fat from the food that she ate.

Do we really have to explain that when we sit down, there’s a tendency to have fat rolls on our stomach? And more importantly, why do we owe it to people to explain why we have fat on our bodies? Is having body fat not normal anymore?

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Lili Reinhart & Camila Mendes

Another instance which came out on International Women’s Day in the US, is the Photoshopped picture of Riverdale actresses, Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes for a magazine.

Lili posted on her Instagram stories the pictures of the edited photo, putting a red circle on her seemingly slimmer waist. She did the same for Camila’s picture.

“Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have,” wrote Lili. “And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.”

She also took the opportunity to encourage other celebrities and public figures to stop Photoshopping their bodies in photos. She said, “It’s only encouraging an unrealistic body image. It’s adding to the problem.”

Camila added to Lili’s sentiments, saying, “We prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are. I’m not interested in having a slimmer waist, I’m more satisfied with the one I already have.”

Though it is unavoidable that pictures go through a long editing process, we must be aware that what we see isn’t always what it seems.

The fat in your body is normal. The shape of your waist does not define your beauty. But more importantly, being different in size or in weight does not make you less of a human being worthy of respect.

This is the month for women. Let’s celebrate not only our success and achievements as women, but also our flaws. Let’s embrace our imperfections and own it!

Share this post if you’re proud to be a perfectly imperfect woman!