The singer has faced criticism and praise over paparazzi photos of her. Making out that showing off a body outside a certain standard is courageous or exemplary happens because deep down body diversity is still not accepted says one activist.
Between performing at the Opening Ceremony of the UEFA Champions League final and continuing her Family tour Cuban singer Camila Cabello 25 enjoyed a vacation on the coast of Naples. It was during this break that the British tabloid The Daily Mail published paparazzi shots of the artist on a yacht near Positano. With the excuse of celebrating Cabello showing off her sensational curves in a cheeky display in a skimpy orange bikini The Daily Mail published a total of 16 eye-catching photos. Soon comments from readers poured in with many fiercely criticizing Cabello’s body calling it disgusting obese flabby and full of cellulite. Some readers even went so far as to suggest that Camila Cabello a woman capable of singing and dancing on stage for an hour and a half should join a gym.
Immediately other media sites published the pictures of Camila Cabello, taking a different stance one supposedly meant to defend the singer with varying degrees of success. Univision published a piece titled Camila Cabello showed off her curves and cellulite in a bikini she is no longer worried about the critics. Others took a similar line: Camila Cabello sends out a message of self love she dons a bikini and makes an impact with a real body and Camila Cabello gives a lesson showing her natural body without work. The problem with this rhetoric is that Camila Cabello was not out to send any message at she was simply spending a day on a yacht with her family. As one viral tweet put it Lessons in self love meaning go on vacation have a body?
Deep down these more positive messages say the same thing they are a reminder of what does not fall within the accepted standard notes Raquel Carrera activist and co creator of the positive body platform SoyCurvy and co author with Lidia Juvanteny of the book The Self Love Revolution. A person is not brave for showing off a body that does not fall within a certain standard she says. Making out that showing off a body outside this standard is brave or exemplary happens because deep down body diversity is still not accepted it is not accepted that the vast majority of women have cellulite or that women in swimsuits have lumps flab and love handles. This means denying the reality of womens bodies and forcing them to conform to the demand that they must always look perfect even when relaxing on the beach. It sends out a message that is the opposite of empowering.