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Selena Gomez Body Shamed While Revealing Her Surgical Scars


It's not easy being in the limelight in this day and age.

Celebrities can barely go out for a walk on their own street without being surrounded by paparazzi. Their images will be leaked online before they even have a chance to get back inside their home.

Even celebrities whose careers thrive on publicity have had enough. There's dozens of footage of TV personalities like Kim Kardashian who have yelled at paparazzi for not letting them have a more private life, especially the ones who have families.

There needs to be a line drawn for when it's acceptable for paparazzi to take a picture - but that doesn't seem to exist. Celebrities should be able to go out with their friends or go on vacation without having every second of their lives recorded by someone else.

Former Disney star Selena Gomez is no stranger to being followed by paparazzi, and, besides, she has nothing to hide.

Last year, the singer opened up about her disappearance from the public eye and her struggles battling Lupus, a debilitating autoimmune disease.

We learned that her best friend, actress Francia Raisa, donated her kidney so that Gomez could better recover from the disease.

While her surgical wounds have healed, leaving battle scars to remind her of the past, the 25-year-old actress is being attacked once again for her rapid weight gain after a recent paparazzi shot of her has gone viral.

The photos have a lot of people talking...

Gomez spotted on vacation

This week, Gomez was spotted off the coast of Sydney, Australia on a boat with a few friends.

She was wearing a two-piece bikini that revealed her scars from her most recent kidney transplant surgery.

While most celebrities her age would be quick to hide those imperfections, Gomez feels comfortable in her own skin.

"When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do "” lasers and creams and all that stuff "” but I'm OK with it," she told Billboard.

Her scars seem to resonate a positive message around the world, but people on social media were quick to judge the rest of Gomez's appearance.


"Please guys don't get me wrong," one Twitter user wrote. "Selena Gomez looks [a] bit fat in her recent pic in Sydney. But her physique looks splendid in Puma. Why such difference?"

"She looks fat and her nose looks weird," wrote another user, questioning whether the photos above were actually of the singer-actress.

Her fans had the perfect response for all those body shamers:

"I think her body is beautiful and i'm happy for her because she's not afraid about showing her body," someone wrote.

"Her Puma shoot was how long ago ... bodies don't stay the same forever lol and she also still has lupus which has a an effect on her body. And please don't use the word "˜fat' I don't care if you meant no harm but that word isn't necessary to EVER describe Selena," wrote another.

"Selena is not fat! Her upper stomach protrudes. (Pushed forward) everyone's body is different. Stop body shaming her she's perfect," another user added.

Gomez is not the only one whose been getting a lot of heat about her appearance lately...

Body shaming

I don't think anyone has the right to shame someone for their appearance because we're not perfect either.

We all work to mask our imperfections just as much as celebrities do.

Unfortunately, celebrities easily fall victim to online body shamers.

While many people around the world will judge celebrities who don't fall into their idea of the perfect body weight, they're also quick to point out any other irregularities in their appearance.

Last week, Live with Kelly and Ryan host Kelly Ripa and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, were shamed for their height difference.

"Please tell me how it is I can try to look taller. I'm dying to know," Consuelos responded to internet trolls.

Ripa hilariously added, "He's tall where it counts babe."


Celebrities are not the only ones who have thousands of photos of them online. We all have at least a few social media pages where we post photos of ourselves on a regular basis.

Jenna Kutcher, an award-winning photographer, posts photos of her and her husband on social media platforms. As a curvy woman who married an athletic guy, she's received a lot of hate from people who have come across her page.

"Part of my insecurity with my body has stemmed around being married to Mr 6-Pack himself," she said. "Why should I, a curvy girl get him? I feel unworthy and when I write narratives in my head that because I am not thin, I don't deserve him."

Body shaming needs to stop, and it starts right when we address that it's an issue. Share this article to spread awareness!

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.