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How can we demand healthy role models when we are slamming their healthy bodies?

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Now-a-days, it is difficult to come across somebody who doesn’t have at least one form of social media, whether it’s Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram.

More often than not, people’s worth seems to be defined by the amount of likes their pictures get on Instagram, how many friends they have on Facebook and how much fun they seem to be having on Snapchat.

The world of social media particularly targets celebrities, whose lives are under scrutiny every time they appear in the spotlight. People have comments to make on how they look and what they are doing and usually have no problem with sharing these comments to the general public, no matter how positive or negative they maybe.

Despite being incredibly fierce, talented and constantly producing chart-topping bangers, Rihanna has been the latest victim of online trolling and scrutiny due to her faultless appearance.

It began when writer Chris Spags outrageously made a public comment asking whether Rihanna being ‘fat’ was ‘going to become a hot new trend’. However thankfully and rightfully, he was quickly dismissed from his blogging position and hopefully learnt his lesson to never mess with bad gal Ri Ri again.

More recently a picture of, the equally stunning pair, Rihanna and Cara Delevinge has been circulating on social media. It shows them both looking super sparkly, sassy and sophisticated on the red carpet for a pre-premier screening of their new film “Valarian and the City of a Thousands Planet” in Paris.

However, it seems people have been more concerned about Rihanna’s weight with some even daring to ask ‘what has she been eating?’

I can’t help but feel baffled and quite personally offended that Rihanna’s weight is even being questioned .Even though it is completely irrelevant, she looks no bigger than a size 8-10 and appears incredibly confident and content. Her skin is glowing and she looks happy and comfortable in her own skin. And so she should, so should we all for that matter.

In this crazy social media bubble, it is easy to forget that celebrities are real humans too. They might not have very relatable life styles, but they have real hearts, real feelings and real emotions.

It can be argued that privacy is equal to how much you make public, therefore it is a given right that members of the public are okay to comment as they please about Rihanna and her lifestyle as she is a public figure. People are always so quick to judge, form opinions and make accusations on other people’s lifestyles without thinking about how these judgements may affect them. Even contemporary magazines still scrutinise celebrities appearance’s in ‘hot or not’ columns. Just because celebrities choose to put themselves in the spot light, doesn’t mean everyone has a free pass to tear them apart.

As a society, the majority of us are sick of seeing unrealistic expectations in glossy magazines and brands using smaller than average models to represent their ‘plus-sized’ label and causing false expectations for males and females about realistic body standards.

We are quick to slam the celebrity ‘fad’ diets, plastic surgery and promotion of excessive exercise yet equally as fast to slam those who are looking happy and healthy. Celebrities can be referred to as idols in terms of their ‘body goals’ or success but we must remember that it comes in self-love too.

Whilst those derogatory comments may not even reach or bother the incredibly self-assured Rihanna, they echo in the minds of those who are lacking in confidence and self-love themselves. Those who remain uncomfortable in their own skin and who are now questioning the way they look in comparison to the apparently ‘fat’ Rihanna. Perfection is subjective to each and every one of us and it’s so important to remember this when publicly making comments about other people.

Just because Rihanna appears to be confident and happy, doesn’t give anyone the right to strip her, or anyone else down.

Just a little reminder to be kind to everyone, no matter who they are, and what you see on social media shouldn’t define who you are. An important memo to always keep in mind: if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face, don’t tweet it.

Words by Abbie Smyth

 

 

Sarah and Liam are your lifestyle editors.

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