Selena Gomez grew up in the public eye. The Disney Channel alum has always come out on top despite having been through highs and lows in her career and her personal life for the whole world to see. One of the most inspiring moments from the Boyfriend singer was her appearance on The Ellen Show in 2015 calling out online bullies for body shaming.
Selena calls out online bullies on The Ellen Show.
Selena sat down with Ellen Degeneres to talk about being bullied both online and by the media after paparazzi photos of her surfaced during a Mexican vacation back in April of 2015. “That was the first time I’d ever been called fat,” Selena revealed. “But it was weird, because it’s not just, ‘Oh she’s fat.’ It’s like, ‘She’s a mess, she’s gone off the deep end.’ Because I’m on a vacation wearing a bathing suit? It’s so degrading.” However, Selena didn’t let that affect her mental health and found a way to turn a negative into a chance to empower her fans.
Taking Back Her Power
No stranger to taking back her power, Selena scored a win for women everywhere by refusing to allow the bullies to have the last word. The very next day, she Instagrammed a powerful (not to mention stunning) photo of herself in a swimsuit, along with the caption, “I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove.” Her fans were inspired and grateful that Selena didn’t let the bullies win and used her platform to promote body positivity and discourage others from commenting on women’s bodies in the future. “I don’t want them to win,” she shared. “It’s so annoying when I see it all over the place and everybody thinks they can bring me down and so my immediate response was, ‘I’m going to post a picture and say I’m happy with me, and that was going to be the story the next day.”