Bebe Rexha is our body-positive queen
According to The Body Therapy Centre, 70% of 18-30-year-old women dislike their bodies and 50% suffer from eating disorders. Reading these stats, unfortunately, they didn’t come as a surprise to me, given the increase in edited photos posted by celebrities and some avid social media users. With more apps developing and it becoming harder to spot airbrushed photos, it’s difficult not to compare our bodies to other women. And I’m not exempt from this.
Recently, in a promotion for body positivity, celebrities like Jameela Jamil, Stacey Solomon and Bebe Rexha have taken to posting natural photos on social media, exposing their curves and scars that all of us women share in some way.
Bebe Rexha wowed her fans by posting an unedited bikini pic on the gram while on a holiday to Puerto Rico in May. And she nailed it. Rexha’s caption asserts the fact that so many pictures of girls with extortionately small waists and toned abs are often massively edited and are unrealistic ideals of what women should look like.
The picture, which earned thousands of praising comments, was confidently captioned: “I probably should have photoshopped my stomach and made it look flat. I probably should have photoshopped my legs to make them look thinner. I probably should have made myself taller and smoothed my legs but I didn’t. Society can really fuck with you. Here is what a real woman looks like without photoshop.” Can I get an amen!
By creating this post, the body positivity advocate shows fans that they don’t need to edit their photos to look amazing, that showing their real selves is true beauty. And damn, does she look incredible when confidently extenuating her natural curves.
While Rexha exerts that embracing your natural self is ok and not to let society brainwash you into ideals, the singer carefully avoids shaming those, such as models, who do share airbrushed photos on social media. Such a message implies that there is no avoiding what has already been done, but that you shouldn’t compare yourself to unrealistic photos (as so many of us are guilty of) and instead should feel confident in your own natural body. In reality, it’s all a competition to get the most likes on the gram.
Earlier this year, Rexha, who isn’t shy on body positivity posts, explained in an Instagram video that some designers neglected dressing her at the Grammys because of her size, suggesting that women above a size 8 can’t wear their dresses.
Another photo of hers was captioned “Yes I gained weight. Cause I’m human and I like to eat. And when I eat my ass gets big.” There’s no denying that the singer is an inspiration to women and that we can all relate. We are all human, our bodies fluctuate just as much as the next person’s, and we all deserve to love ourselves no matter what we look like.
Image: @beberexha on Instagram