Ariana Grande called out the body-shaming comments that she has been receiving lately.
“I don’t do this often. I don’t like it, I’m not good at it,” she said in a TikTok. “But I just wanted to address your concerns about my body and talk a little bit about what it means to be a person with a body, and to be seen and to be paid such close attention to.”
“I think we should be gentler and less comfortable commenting on people’s bodies — no matter what,” she added. “If you think you’re saying something good or well-intentioned, whatever it is. Healthy, unhealthy, big, small, this, that, sexy, not sexy, I don’t… We just shouldn’t. We should really work towards not doing that as much.”
She then told her fans that there were better ways to compliment someone than by focusing solely on their physical appearance. She also observed that people could also just refrain from criticizing other people’s bodies altogether.
“But I also just wanted to say one, there are many different kinds of beautiful,” she added. “There are many different ways to look healthy and beautiful. I know personally for me, the body that you’ve been comparing my current body to was the unhealthiest version of my body. I was on a lot of antidepressants, and drinking on them and eating poorly, and at the lowest point of my life when I looked the way you consider my ‘healthy.’ But that, in fact, wasn’t my healthy. I know I shouldn’t have to explain that, but I do feel like maybe having an openness and some sort of vulnerability here, something good might come from it.”
Ariana Grande is currently working on the upcoming adaptation of ‘Wicked’, which she earlier claimed was halfway complete.
– Riya Sohini