We are ardent Selena Gomez fans. She’s talented, beautiful and committed to sharing her true self with her fans. She’s one of those rare celebrities who is using their platform to inspire, to relate and to offer a refreshingly authentic image of herself, a welcome reminder that despite the glamour of Hollywood, celebrities are real people with real struggles.
Selena has had a trying year. In January 2018, she was diagnosed with lupus. The disease attacks healthy cells and organs, often leading to a slow deterioration of the health of one’s joints, organs, immune system, and skin. She underwent a kidney transplant with the help of her long-time friend Francia Raisa.
Selena, on a recent and much-deserved holiday in Australia, was photographed by paparazzi in a bikini. The surgery has left her with scars on her stomach and a small protrusion in her lower abdomen. The internet, as it so often can be, responded cruelly, scrutinizing the star’s appearance with hundreds of mean-spirited comments. Selena has since posted an intimate video of her travels, sharing authentic moments of joy with her friends. The star paired the image with a powerful message about body positivity.
Fans applauded the singer for her message advocating body positivity, self-love, and self-acceptance. What a lovely reminder that true beauty lies within, that our compassion and integrity are what truly matters.