Despite Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performance, which included high-flying acrobatics, the parade of hits, and the singer’s commanding stage presence, some trolls took to social media to criticize Lady Gaga’s “belly“.
This incident reminds me of a picture I once took, I was wearing a green dress that my mum had got for me for a family photo shoot and I was so excited when they came out that I didn’t realize that my tummy was “hanging”,trust some trolls to point out that to me-which they did, I eventually took it down but seeing Gaga and knowing that this belly isn’t going anywhere makes me feel a little bit better.
Gaga responded by spreading a positive message to people everywhere who may be feeling insecure about their bodies.
I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga
In case you didn’t know, body shaming is the practice of making critical, potentially humiliating comments about a person’s body size or weight.
According to Erika Vargas, Body-shaming (criticizing yourself or others because of some aspect of physical appearance) can lead to a vicious cycle of judgment and criticism. Messages from the media and from each other often imply that we should want to change, that we should care about looking slimmer, smaller, and tanner. And if we don’t, we worry that we are at risk of being the target of someone else’s body-shaming comments.
I for one think that the 30 something year old body is fantastic. Shame on body shammers!
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