Thanks to her vast vocal range, Ariana Grande has been compared to Mariah Carey. Aside from using those pipes to sing, Grande uses her voice to speak up against negativity and discrimination — and that's equally impressive. Just a few weeks ago, she spoke out about gender stereotypes in magazines. Now she's back at it and calling out body-shaming. Seriously, this girl is on a roll! On Monday afternoon, Grande shared a message about body positivity on Instagram and Twitter, and it's worth a read. Actually it's worth a few reads — we should probably all print out copies to hang on the fridge as a daily reminder of such an important message.
So what happened? Someone posted this message: "Got asked if I'd prefer @arielwinter1 or @ArianaGrande lol, it wud DEFINITELY be @arielwinter1 curves are sexy sticks aren't." Yikes! So many things wrong with that statement (including the grammar), but I'll let Grande handle this one. The "Focus" singer shared a screenshot of the awful comment and penned the most perfect response.
sigh..... tweets, comments, statements like this are not okay. about anyone!!! we live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for men, women, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are. diversity is sexy! loving yourself is sexy! you know what is NOT sexy? misogyny, objectifying, labeling, comparing and body shaming!!!
For anyone unfamiliar with the phrase "body shaming," don't worry! Grande defined it flawlessly:
talking about people's body's as if they're on display ASKING for your approval / opinion. THEY ARE NOT!!! CELEBRATE YOURSELF. CELEBRATE OTHERS. The things that make us different from one another make us BEAUTIFUL. BODY BOUNDARIES. LOVE LOVE LOVE ONLY.
Everything about this message is so important! I love that she points out the importance of diversity and self-love, along with the implications of judging someone else's body. Who says it's a competition? Why compare Ariana Grande to Ariel Winter? There's absolutely no need.
It's also worth noting that Winter has spoken publicly about her own body image struggles. The Modern Family actress underwent breast reduction surgery and courageously opened up about it with the world. She, too, spreads an important message about loving yourself. There's no reason that bodies like Winter's and Grande's shouldn't be celebrated; they shouldn't be critiqued in the first place.
Proving there's nothing but love between them, Winter responded to Grande's post with a supportive tweet.
Now that's the way it should be! Women supporting one another makes a huge difference, and it's great to see stars like Grande and Winter promoting such a worthwhile message.