“Ariana Grande seems unsettlingly skinny,” “She’s seriously too thin, according to a very controversial opinion… Some of the tweets regarding her body that have surfaced online recently and over the previous ten years include “I’m worried for her,” “Why is she so thin,” and “What did she do to her face.” However, this time, taking Selena Gomez’s lead, The singer has made the decision to reply to Lizzo and other famous people. Just before Wicked was filmed, she appeared in a TikTok video to alleviate fans’ and haters’ “concerns” by wearing a hoodie, wearing minimal makeup, wearing her hair up, and holding a cup of coffee. She advised them to treat one another with greater respect, to avoid making hasty judgments, and to cease body-shaming:
«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 could be—I think we should be gentler and less comfortable commenting on people’s bodies no matter what. If you think you’re saying something good-or well-intentioned, whatever it is: healthy, unhealthy, big, small, this, that, sexy, not sexy, we just shouldn’t. We should really work toward not doing that as much. I believe that in order to be safer and keep each other safer, we should work together to find ways to praise someone or ignore anything we see that we don’t like.>>
The singer continued by saying that “there are many ways to look healthy and beautiful” and that appearances are not necessarily indicative of reality; in fact, our prejudice and the popular aesthetic standards frequently do not correspond to actual physical or mental health.
<<I am aware that the version of my body you have been comparing to my current one was the unhealthiest. I was at my lowest point in life when I looked like I was healthy, but in reality, I wasn’t since I was taking a lot of antidepressants, drinking, and eating terribly.>>
The American singer, who previously discussed the challenging time in her life after the Manchester bombing in May 2017 that left 23 people dead at the conclusion of one of her concerts, continued by saying that she hopes her openness and vulnerability will have a positive impact by bringing attention to the importance of refraining from making unnecessary comments about other people’s bodies in public.
Due to the fact that “you never know what someone is going through,” Ariana emphasizes the need for more empathy. Making the “wrong” comment about your weight or looks in general can trigger or perpetuate self-esteem problems, dysmorphia, or eating disorders as well as the concept that your weight also dictates your value as a person, even if you mean well and want to be caring and helpful.
In light of this, she ends her message by stating that “no matter what you’re going through, no matter what weight, no matter how you like to do your makeup these days, no matter what cosmetic procedures you’ve had or not, or anything,” there are many different kinds of beauty, each of which has its own justification.“