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“Real stomachs are fucking coming back”
Singer and actress Selena Gomez has made headlines with a candid TikTok post from her vacation in Italy.
Wearing a colorful La’Marriette swimsuit, she shared a video of herself miming along to a pre-recorded audio clip.
In the audio, a woman tells her friend to “suck it in.”
But the friend – lip-synched by Gomez – replies that “real stomachs are fucking coming back”, adding: “I don’t suck.”
In the video, you can see the 30-year-old honking a soft tummy tuck as she relaxes on a sun lounger.
The post has sparked a debate on social media, with many fans congratulating and thanking her for her body positivity.
One TikTok user captioned the clip: “You make me feel comfortable in my own skin,” while another added: “You don’t realize how much this video is helping us young women! Thank you!!”
@selenagomezWake up yourself
That said, others have pointed out that media coverage of the post only further reiterates how problematic societal expectations can still be. While body positivity can be powerful for many, some influencers and stars are now using it as a marketing tool for non-marginalized body shapes.
Some users shared that the singer was more harmful than helpful by posting a video of her size eight figure – a body size that is slimmer than average – with an audio clip about “sucking sh*t in”.
Every body is different and will look different in work clothes, workout gear, and a swimsuit—so reinforcing body positivity about a body that likely hasn’t faced as much stigma or discrimination as, say, someone who’s larger than average can be harmful.
Not to mention the fact that body positivity and feeling confident in your own body is a deeply personal and individual journey that, theoretically, a celebrity shouldn’t be able to change.
That said, we still live in a society that idolizes certain stars. Many people still outsource their fashion, beauty regime and attitudes from said stars – which is why, although some thought this post was tone deaf, we can also see why it might encourage others to be kinder to themselves and in turn their bodies.
With millions of followers globally, Gomez will no doubt make some individuals feel more confident about their bodies by being honest about her own self-image journey. That said, it’s time we stopped calling people “brave” just because they wear a bathing suit on vacation and, well, exist.
What do you think?