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 Selena in a zebra-print string bikini. “Today I realised 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 Selena 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 the star 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.
In a December 2022 interview with GLAMOUR US, she 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 realise that I only wanted to be myself — that what made me unique was also what made me beautiful.”
This article originally appeared on GLAMOUR US.