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Selena Gomez and the disease of having to explain her physique

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At 30, Selena Gomez knows what it’s like to be exposed to the opinions of others. At age 11, he began appearing on television in the children’s program Barney and his friends, At 15, he found success as the protagonist of the Disney series the Wizards of Waverly Place and on Instagram he adds the unfathomable figure of 371 million followers. “Being exposed to media attention from an early age definitely comes with a lot of pressure,” he explained in an interview with S-Mode 2021, when she introduced her beauty brand, Rare. The incessant comments about his physique have contributed to increasing this pressure throughout his career, he admitted at the time: “Every day I hear, every day, that I am not enough sexy or cool, so I wanted to leave a mark to encourage everyone to be who they are and try to take all that unwanted pressure away.”

The Texan actress, singer, and businesswoman has spoken out on several occasions about her mental health struggles (she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, as she recounted in her documentary 2o22 Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me) and defended himself against criticism of his weight changes. On January 11, he faced such comments for the last time. Gomez attended the Golden Globes, nominated for Best Television Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series for her role as Mabel Mora in the series Only murders in the building, issued in Spain by Disney+. She attended the gala held in Los Angeles accompanied by her little sister Gracie Teefey and dressed in a puff-sleeved velvet model by Valentino. He did not receive the award, which Quinta Brunson took for Abbott Elementary, but she played into a social media debate, which she settled by sharing an Instagram live in the car with her sister in which she said with a smile “I’m a little fat right now because I got amused over the holidays,” and nine-year-old Gracie would enthusiastically reply, “Yes!”

“To everyone talking about their weight. Do you remember he had a kidney transplant for lupus right?” one of his followers lamented in the comments. in photos from that night that Gomez herself shared on her Instagram account. Another person encouraged her to ignore the constant criticism about her body: “You don’t have to answer these hateful They say you gained weight because you don’t owe them an explanation. Unfortunately, the industry cares more about the image than the interior. And you’re perfect just the way you are, no matter what your weight.” In September 2017, Gomez announced that she had received a kidney transplant, an organ that had been damaged by lupus, an autoimmune disease that develops. attack on healthy tissue and from which the actress has suffered for years. In 2019, he explained in the podcast Giving back to the generation that the drugs he takes for his illness have affected his metabolism: “I have to deal with a lot of health issues, and that’s when I really started noticing body image more.” But her weight variations do not have their origin there, she herself admitted that it fluctuates according to the emotional moments she is going through. Indeed, a video titled The reason Selena was always skinny when she was in a relationship with Justin Bieber went viral late last year and Gomez commented in a Publish on TikTok of the video that the physicist had a lot to say about his relationship with the Canadian singer (which stretched on and off between 2010 and 2018): “She’s more of a model. I’m too normal.”

The performer has had to deal throughout his career with the effects on his mental health caused by the constant scrutiny of his image. “I try to be slim, but then I go to Jack in the Box and order four tacos, three rolls egg, a few onion rings and a spicy chicken sandwich. But honestly, I don’t care about my weight, people are going to criticize me anyway. To be too big, to be too small… Not to fit in”, commented Gomez a few years ago in a video with which she tried to send a message of self-acceptance. This effort has become a constant for her, amplified by the hassle that her words have on her various social networks, due to her number of multimillionaire followers: in August 2022 posed in a bathing suit on a boat and when a friend told her to put her belly on for the video, she replied that she wasn’t going to because “the real bellies are back,” she said.

“The myth of beauty is an obsession with physical perfection that locks the modern woman into an endless cycle of despair, self-consciousness and self-loathing as she tries to meet society’s impossible definition flawless beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone”, argued the actress in 2018 by sharing a video on her Instagram, aware of the problems that thinking about the physique can cause in a society where the image continues to be key, even if they try to break the canons and present real diversity. “The pressure to be confident is very strong because beauty standards are also very unrealistic. The fashion and beauty industry tries to persuade us by saying that everything works around being good about yourself (. ..) But, at the same time, they send us messages with their standards of beauty, which are more and more severe and more and more intense. So there is this contradictory situation. It’s a real tension and women have to face it, subject to all these ideals that are really difficult to achieve”, they explained in an interview with S-mode Rosalind Gill and Shani Orgad, authors of the book Culture of trustin which they analyzed how the culture of self-confidence can negatively affect women’s perception of their challenges and adversities.

Selena Gomez does not shy away from this conversation and whenever she can, she explains the paradoxes she experiences and comments on the changes her body goes through at different times in her life. “Since I got the platform that I have, it’s like I’m sacrificing a little bit for the greater good,” he said in rolling stones last November, when he revealed why he wanted to make the documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind and Mand. In this 2023, after his nomination for the Golden Globes, his projects do not stop: he continues to work on his beauty brand, he has just announced that he is already filming the third season of Only murders in the building, with star signing Meryl Streep, and announced that he is already preparing songs for his next album (his fourth studio job).

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