In what appears to be a response paparazzi photos, singer breaks down the "beauty myth" in our society for her followers.
Selena Gomez is calling out "society's impossible definition of flawless beauty" after a bikini shot exposing the singer's scars from a recent surgery went viral.
The angles of some paparazzi photos that popped up online Monday were not the most flattering, and one even gave fans a clear look at the scar left on Gomez's upper right thigh from her kidney transplant last summer.
In what appears to be a response to the heavily circulated image, Gomez shared a video with her 134 million Instagram followers, chronicling the day well spent with friends on a yacht in Sydney, Australia.
"The beauty myth -- an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern women in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of flawless beauty," Gomez captioned the video, which was taken the same day the paparazzi photos were taken. "I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. Wind in her sails."
The beauty myth- an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. Wind in her sails. 🌈💜
As recently as last month, the 25-year-old singer opened up to Haper's Bazaar, where she spoke openly about her ongoing battles with both her physical and mental health.
"Anyone who knows me knows I will always start with my health and my well-being," Gomez said. "I've had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I've been very vocal about it, but it's not something I feel I'll ever overcome."
"There won't be a day when I'm like, 'Here I am in a pretty dress -- I won!' I think it's a battle I'm gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I'm OK with that because I know that I'm choosing myself over anything else," she added.
The former Disney star explained that although she's the most followed person on Instagram, she learned that the social media platform is actually one of her "most difficult relationships."
"I have a complex relationship with Instagram, to say the least," she said. "It has given me a voice amid all the noise of people trying to narrate my life for me. The only thing that worries me is how much value people our age place on social media. It's an incredible platform, but in a lot of ways it's given young people, myself included, a false representation of what's important."