Camila Cabello called out body shamers commenting on her cellulite, and ugh
Despite all the attention that body positivity has gotten over the past few years, there are still people out there (read: internet trolls) who insist on commenting on every wrinkle, blemish, or stretch mark a woman might have. Body shaming is a pervasive problem, but luckily, there are also plenty of people working to combat it. When Camila Cabello spotted body-shaming comments directed at her, she clapped back with the perfect response about impossible body standards.
According to Billboard, on August 3rd, the “Señorita” singer shared a post in her Instagram stories that got real about body shaming. She wrote that while trying to post a picture in honor of the second anniversary of “Havana,” she found comments criticizing her appearance.
"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, but the saddest part of young girls growing up in an airbrushed world is they're seeking a perfection that's not real."
"I'm writing this for girls like my little sister who are growing up on social media. They're constantly seeing photoshopped, edited pictures and thinking that's reality, and everyone's eyes get used to seeing airbrushed skin, an 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. Girls, cellulite is normal, fat is normal. It's beautiful and natural. I won't buy into bullshit today!"
Cabello is absolutely right that cellulite is common. According to Self magazine, it’s estimated that between 80% and 98% of women have it. Regardless, other people’s bodies shouldn’t be topics of public discussion. We need more people like Cabello to help normalize the imperfections we all have—and to call out the ridiculous standards women are held to.