Most teenage girls have to face some form of body-shaming – whether it’s from peers or the media – so imagine what it must be like growing up in the industry that sets these ridiculous body standards. Now Ariana Grande, Ariel Winter, and Zendaya are taking a stand against it.
Yesterday Ariana Grande called out a comment that read: “Got asked if I’d prefer [Ariel Winter] or [Ariana Grande] lol, wud DEFINITELY be [Ariel Winter] curves are sexy sticks aren’t.”
The 22-year-old responded on Instagram with a message that perfectly summarized all the reasons why the comment was wrong.
Winter, 17, shared the post on Twitter saying: “Women should empower one another. Celebrate each other – you’re all beautiful.”
Late last month Zendaya went on Instagram to call out body shaming as well, but this time it was at the hands of a magazine. The 19-year-old’s retouched image includes a slimmer waist, thighs, and hips. Zendaya took to social media to shame Modeliste Magazine for perpetuating “unrealistic beauty ideals” and the publication took down the re-touched photos.
Young Hollywood’s reluctance to put up with industry norms gives us faith that things can change. Grande has been fighting the good fight for a while now. In June she wrote an essay on Twitter calling out all kinds of misogyny, and just a couple days ago she educated Power 106 FM’s DJs Justin Credible and Eric D-Lux about sexism and equality.
After badgering her with chauvinistic comments and questions they asked her what she’d change about the world and she said: “I have a long list of things I’d like to change. I think just sort of judgment in general – intolerance, meanness, double standards, misogyny, racism, sexism, all that sh*t. There’s lots we need to get started on, we’ve got work to do. We’ll start with you, though.”