Selena Gomez responded to online bullies who criticized her curvier figure after she was photographed wearing a string bikini while on vacation in Australia with friends. The 25-year-old singer, who had not publicly worn a bikini since her kidney transplant last year, posted a carefree video of herself enjoying downtime to Alvvays’ “Dream Tonite.” In the caption, Gomez addressed the beauty myth and how it traps women in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self-consciousness, and self-hatred. She emphasized that she prioritizes taking care of herself because she wants to, not to prove anything to anyone. In the video, Gomez and her friends can be seen enjoying their vacation by soaking up the sun, recreating an iconic Titanic scene, and mugging for the camera.
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During an interview with Today, the celebrity discussed the physical changes she experienced after receiving a kidney transplant from her close friend Francia Raisa. She revealed that she now has an obtrusion on her stomach that will be permanent, leading her to adjust her clothing choices. Despite not having “perfect abs,” the star shared with Billboard that she still feels wonderful. This isn’t the first time she has addressed negative comments about her appearance. In a previous interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she spoke about being called fat after wearing a bikini while on vacation in Mexico. She expressed frustration with the degrading nature of the comments and emphasized that she did not let them affect her confidence.