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Selena Gomez Posts Powerful Then-and-Now Swimsuit Photos With a Message About Her Changing Body

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Like most people in this world, Selena Gomez has seen her body change and her weight fluctuate over the years—which she reflected on in a relatable, body positive Instagram post.

On January 22, the Only Murders in the Building star posted a pair of pictures to her IG Stories. The first was an old paparazzi snap of Gomez in a zebra-print string bikini. “Today I realized I will never look like this again,” she wrote in block text over the image. In the second, more recent, picture, Gomez is climbing up the ladder of a boat after a swim. She wears a black and white bathing suit and looks over her shoulder at the camera. The text overlay on this picture reads, “I'm not perfect but I am proud to be who I am. Sometimes I forget it's okay to be me.”

While the way Gomez's body has fluctuated over the years is incredibly normal, the amount of body-shaming she gets on the internet definitely isn't. When pictures of Gomez in a black-and-white bathing suit minding her own business on vacation first hit the internet a year ago, for instance, the body-shamers went wild in the comments and it was, frankly, appalling. So appalling, that it's something she felt to the need to address, as she's done on several occasions.

US singer Selena Gomez arrives for the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on February 27, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
US singer Selena Gomez arrives for the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on February 27, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

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Really? We're still doing this?

In a December 2022 interview with Glamour, Selena Gomez said, “From the time I can remember, I’ve always felt like I had to be perfect or look a certain way. It took me a long time to realize that I only wanted to be myself—that what made me unique was also what made me beautiful.”


Originally Appeared on Glamour