Camila Cabello Just Clapped Back at Body Shamers on Instagram

Superstar pop singer Camila Cabello is not afraid to speak her mind. Last month, she shared an Instagram post on her battle with anxiety in the hopes that she could help others with the same struggle. Now Cabello is taking to social media to emphasize her position on body shaming.

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Celebrating an anniversary

The “Havana” singer recently received some negative feedback on social media. Cabello had wanted to share with her followers her celebration at the two-year anniversary of her groundbreaking song, when she noticed some unwanted comments.

“I haven’t gone on social media AT ALL with the conscious intention of avoiding things that hurt my feelings, but for a second I forgot while trying to find a pic to post about it being Havana’s 2 year anniversary and my eyes accidentally ran over a headline of people body shaming me,” she shared on her Instagram stories, according to Billboard.

Speaking truth for the sake of others

Cabello went on to share that her first reaction was one of insecurity rather than outrage. “Honestly first thing I felt was super insecure just IMAGINING what these pictures must look like, oh no! My cellulite! Oh no! I didn’t suck in my stomach!” she wrote, until she reassessed. “But then I was like… of course there are bad pictures, of course there are bad angles, my body’s not made of (expletive) rock, or all muscle, for that matter, but the saddest part of young girls growing up in an airbrushed world is they’re seeking a perfection that’s not real.”

The singer hoped to use her message to empower young girls who are subjected to body shaming and unrealistic comparisons online on a regular basis. “I’m writing this for girls like my little sister who are growing up on social media,” Cabello posted. “They’re constantly seeing photoshopped, edited pictures and thinking that’s reality, and everyone’s eyes get used to seeing airbrushed skin, an suddenly they think THAT’S the norm. ?!!! It isn’t. It’s fake. AND FAKE IS BECOMING THE NEW REAL. We have a completely unrealistic view of a woman’s body. Girls, cellulite is normal, fat is normal. It’s beautiful and natural. I won’t buy into (expletive) today!”

Not the first time she’s taken a stand

The pop singer has shared her personal stories on social media in the past. In an interview with People earlier this year, Cabello had described herself as extremely introverted when she was younger. “I used to be cripplingly shy,” she told People. “I feel like even though I often pushed myself, I missed out on some life experiences, or didn’t enjoy them as much as I could’ve.”

Cabello recently discussed her struggle with anxiety on Instagram, again hoping to help others. “I remember feeling discouraged when I felt like some people were just ‘born’ to do things, they always had it in them. ‘They were always this outgoing, they always loved to entertain, they were always this bold, they were always this outspoken,’” she wrote. “The truth is you decide who you’re going to be. Every day. I felt like sharing because I think sometimes we see other people do things and think ‘Ah, well… that’s just not me. I’ve never been like that.’ It’s NOT TRUE. I’m telling you. I went from never wanting to sing in front of my family to being addicted to performing, from being too anxious to hang out with new people to… still being a little anxious but having THE BEST time and making irreplaceable memories… The essence of me is the same, but I’ve changed so much as a person.”

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I remember growing up hearing stories of the singers I loved, all the stories sounded the same, kids who would grow up performing for their families and putting on talent shows for their parents when they were little who grew up to be dazzling to me. I was the opposite, I never ever sang in front of my parents or friends and would get flustered when they would ask me to, I sang in my room when my parents left for Walmart and cried when one day I saw them filming me through the crack of the door, I got teary eyed when people sang happy birthday to me because people looking at me actually made me overwhelmed. I was generally incredibly nervous and socially anxious when I was little; and people always have this look of disbelief when I tell them that. I did an interview the other day where I got it again, the interviewer said something along the lines of “So… how’d you end up here?” The answer is, I feel like my whole life there’s been two Camila’s in me. There’s little Camila that is terrified of the unknown, is aware of all the ways everything can go wrong, (actually can picture them vividly lol), and thinks it’s safer to stay home than to play ball. Then there’s the other Camila. And she knows what she wants out of life, is aware of how little time I have to let little Camila run the show while time passes by, and grabs young me by the hand and forces her out the door saying “Let’s go. You’ll survive, and I’m not gonna miss out on this. Let’s go.” And that is literally how I can sum up how I’ve gotten to this point in my life. (I’m talking about as a person, not success.) remember feeling discouraged when I felt like some people were just “born” to do things. That they always had it in them. “They were always this outgoing, they always loved to entertain, they were always this bold, they were always this outspoken.” (…..continue)

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She ended the post hoping to encourage and inspire her followers. “You choose who you’re going to be… Force yourself to do what you’re afraid of, always – and go after what you want and who you want to be, because you’re worth that,” Cabello wrote. “You’re worth the fight. It’s the most worthwhile one there. Love you.”

Cabello is sure to continue to inspire her followers and fans!