NEWS - Every day, women of all shapes and colors are haunted by the ancient standard of beauty made by society— long blonde hair, porcelain skin, and a tiny waist.
At the Golden Globes this month, Selena Gomez was body-shamed after her red-carpet appearance.
As the rest of the Internet talked about her body image, Selena shared through Instagram live that the way she looks right now is a reflection of how much she enjoyed herself over the holidays.
Even her little sister Gracie Teefey charmingly agreed with an enthusiastic "Yeah!"
We love how she's completely honest with her short video diary in this clip. She listed all the items that she just picked up from Jack in the Box (the list was quite long... we loved that!).
Additionally, she goes on to say that it doesn't matter what size she is because people will have an opinion either way.
Selena ends with a powerful takeaway message: "I'm perfect the way I am."
I think that just became the mantra for the body positivity movement everywhere.
THE ANNOYING TRUTH
Unfortunately, body image struggles are not unique to Selena Gomez.
Many women around the world continue to feel pressure from societal and cultural expectations.
Just to set the record straight, Selena looked stunning as ever in that velvet Valentino gown. More importantly, she exuded confidence.
Furthermore, everyone should strive to feel that way about themselves, regardless of their size, shape, color, style!
Anything else that someone tries to tell you is different.
We love different. We love your different. You should too!
THE BODY POSITIVITY MOVEMENT
Fashion has always been a powerful medium for self-expression, and it is essential that everyone feels comfortable and confident in their own skin.
Women, like Selena Gomez, are taking a stand against societal expectations and embracing their unique beauty, breaking free from their comfort zones and confidently expressing themselves through fashion.
We must celebrate everyone for who they are and help them feel good about their bodies.
HOW THE FASHION INDUSTRY IS EMBRACING BODY POSITIVITY
The fashion industry is making strides towards inclusivity by increasingly embracing body positivity in its collections.
Brands are now offering a wider range of sizes, including extended sizes for those who are smaller or larger, and even custom sizes.
This move ensures that no woman is left out and can find clothing that fits and flatters them.
KIM KARDASHIAN - SKIMS
Even media personality and socialite Kim Kardashian has made sure to be part of this change. Through her clothing brand called SKIMS, Kim is revolutionizing shapewear by providing solutions for everybody.
SKIMS carries sizes from XXS all the way up to 5XL, encouraging women of all body types to enhance their natural features and feel confident in their own skin.
ONLINE RETAILER - ASOS
We are praising America's favorite ASOS for their role in the body positivity movement.
ASOS is well-loved for using a diverse range of models for their images online.
Additionally, they boast a wide range of sizes for their pieces.
YUMI NU - BLUEKI
Fresh from the runway, NY-based curvy model Yumi Nu is drawing positive recognition for her label, BLUEKI. And just like most small independent brands, Yumi is making a case for size inclusivity.
“It became more and more obvious to me that there was this huge gap in fashion for mid- and plus-sized customers,” says Nu.
With a daring lineup of cut-out dresses, body-hugging corsets, and minis that come in XS to 6XL, BLUEKI can be a part of anyone's wardrobe.
Even Vogue is raving about it.
ROC ONly - LOCAL COMMUNITIES ARE ON THE SCENE
In the local scene, a Rochester-based organization named ROC ONly celebrated body positivity by organizing a clothing swap exclusively for plus-size women. They are nurturing a community of beautiful women who are not afraid to embrace their true selves.
It is heartwarming to know that body positivity is receiving the attention it deserves in the fashion industry.
Being a size zero is no longer the norm, confidence is and will always be fashionable.
As a call to action, let us all strive to embrace body positivity and self-love.
Remember that every individual is unique and beautiful in their own way.
Let's break free from societal expectations and embrace the beauty that we are born with.
Let's continue the journey of body positivity and make sure that everyone feels comfortable, confident, and beautiful in their own skin.
Say it with me: "I am perfect the way I am."
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