Following the circulation of photos of Selena Gomez on vacation, wearing a gorgeous bikini which just so happens to reveal the scar she has from life-saving kidney transplant surgery (opens in new tab), the singer has posted her own response on Instagram.
In an inspiring post, Gomez reveals her important rules for self-care, and why looking after herself is something she does for herself and no-one else.
In the video, Gomez can be seen cruising past the Sydney Opera House, reenacting Titanic with some extremely attractive male friends who aren't Justin Bieber, and generally just enjoying the sun on a day off. Clearly, Gomez gives zero fucks right now what anyone thinks about her "bikini body" or her life-saving surgery scar (opens in new tab). She is living.
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"The beauty myth-an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone.
Wind in her sails. 🌈💜"
"We didn't want to tell anybody because recovery was very hard for us, and we went through a depression at the time. We kind of just wanted to be normal and not have that attention on us. I really left it up to her. I've never had anything personal come out about me before. I've dated very famous people, and no one knows because I'm very private. I was like, ‘Did you have to be famous?'"
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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