Selena Gomez posted an inspiring video in response to body-shamers, saying that there’s a “beauty myth” that’s hurting women.
“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,” Gomez wrote on Instagram.
In the clip, she was enjoying herself with friends on a yacht in Sydney.
“I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone,” she added.
Paparazzi photos published Monday showed the 25-year-old singer in an orange and black bikini, which revealed the scar she got from life-saving kidney transplant surgery last summer.
Gomez told Billboard that she was comfortable with her scar.
“I do [feel comfortable with my scars]. I didn’t, but I do now,” the “Wolves” singer explained. “It was really hard in the beginning. I remember looking at myself in the mirror completely naked and thinking about all the things that I used to bitch about and just asking, ‘Why?’ I had someone in my life for a very long time who pointed out all the things that I didn’t feel great about with myself. When I look at my body now, I just see life.”
“There are a million things I can do–lasers and creams and all that stuff–but I’m okay with it,” she added. “And by the way, there’s nothing wrong with [plastic surgery]. Cardi B has been my inspiration lately. She’s killing it, and she is proud of everything she has done. So there is absolutely zero judgment on my end. I just think for me, it could be my eyes, my round face, my ears, my legs, my scar. I don’t have perfect abs, but I feel like I’m wonderfully made.”