Selena Gomez has been an advocate for mental health awareness and body positivity since a very young age. Growing up in the limelight, the Disney star has seen a lot of ups and downs, and has chosen to be vocal about her struggles. The unrealistic body and beauty standards set forth by the entertainment industry not only for celebrities, but for all people around the world are bound to take a toll on mental health. Gomez, in particular, has had a tough journey in her path to acceptance and self-love.
In a recent Tik Tok video, The Only Murders In The Building star shuts down body shamers and talks about how she is perfect the way she is and that’s all that matters. “You’re too small, you’re too big, that doesn’t fit, meh meh meh meh,” Gomez says in the video.
The Grammy-nominated singer has been battling Lupus from a very young age and even underwent a kidney transplant in September 2017. While she is grateful to be in better health, the medicines cause fluctuations in her weight. A consequence that upset her when people attacked her for her appearance. But now, the ‘Rare’ singer has risen above the hate.
Selena has always shared her physical and mental health problems with her fans to ease the conversation around mental well-being, especially for younger people. She has opened up about being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, and Depression and how that has affected her everyday life.
To get rid of the stigma around mental health, Gomez recently launched her wellness platform, Wondermind. She teamed up with The Newsette’s Daniella Pierson and her mother, Mandy Teefey to create a platform that can help people navigate, explore and discuss their feelings much more freely, something that the world definitly needs in this age of social media.
And while we have a long way to go before we create a society that’s inclusive and body positive, celebrities like Gomez, fighting the good fight, sure do make it easier for all of us.