Bebe Rexha Recalls Not Fitting The Mould As She Discusses Size Discrimination In The Music Industry

Bebe Rexha has shown the world that she is a force to be reckoned with.

As a talented singer-songwriter, Rexha has risen to fame these past few years for her catchy hits and amazing collaborations.

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While the singer continues to soar in her music career, Rexha hasn’t had the easiest journey on her path to success and stardom.

Bebe Rexha was persuaded to lose weight by her label

Since 2013, Bebe Rexha has been garnering worldwide recognition for her many musical talents.

After signing with Warner Bros. Records that same year, Rexha became a behind-the-scenes writer for artists like Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas, and Iggy Azalea.

She even co-wrote Eminem and Rihanna’s ‘The Monster’ which later received the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

Rexha soon found herself being featured as a singer on tracks she had co-written (including David Guetta’s ‘Hey Mama’ and Louis Tomlinson’s ‘Back To You’) before landing her solo breakthrough with her single ‘Meant To Be’.

While Bebe Rexha seemed to have everything going for her career, the singer had to endure the harsh reality of the music industry.

Though Rexha was topping the charts with her pop hits, things weren’t easy for her, mainly due to the singer not being thin.

While sitting down with Cosmopolitan UK for their October issue, Rexha recalls her struggles starting out in the industry.

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“When I first got signed, the label said, ‘Are you ready to get in boot-camp shape?’ They wanted me to lose 20lb (almost a stone and a half),” the singer shared.

“Back then I was so small, I was only 130lb [around 9 stone]. It f*cked me up. I was so cold all the time. I would starve myself before filming a music video,” she continued.

Bebe Rexha even discussed a time when a female creative director made her work out twice a day, “She’d sit opposite me at the dinner table and say, ‘You’re not losing enough.’ All I was eating was salad.”

The singer is determined to change body image ideals

Though many of us wouldn’t even consider Bebe Rexha plus-sized, the singer constantly dealt with size discrimination from music executives behind closed doors.

While the singer felt as though her self-worth was diminishing, it was until January 2019 that Rexha felt the lowest she ever felt about her size.

Earlier this year, Bebe Rexha needed a dress for the 2019 Grammy Awards and searched high and low for a designer.

After spending weeks searching for one, the singer received a message from her stylist saying that no one wanted to dress her because she’s “too big to fit into their dresses.”

“It broke my heart. I was so sad, so depressed. I felt like I was garbage,” Rexha told Cosmopolitan. “I thought to myself, ‘This is bullshit.’ I was mad. I wasn’t trying to get back at anyone, but I wasn’t standing for it anymore. I was in the studio and I just left, went into the kitchen, and made a video on my phone.”

That video Rexha is referencing is the one she uploaded to Instagram prior to the 2019 Grammy Awards, calling out those designers who turned down the opportunity to dress her.

“If a [US] size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you… That’s crazy, “Rexha said in the video. “You’re saying that all the women in the world that are a size 8 and up are not beautiful and they cannot wear your dresses… f*ck you, I don’t want to wear your f*cking dresses.”

The video has since been watched over 2 million times on Instagram as it shines a light on the ongoing issue of body image in the entertainment industry.

Since then, many have fallen in love with Bebe Rexha and what she stands for as an artist and woman.

Rexha continues to shatter the impossible beauty standards many outlets have set forth and spread the message that no matter your size, you are beautiful.