Singer Camila Cabello is opening up about one of the most frustrating aspects of being a celebrity: dealing with paparazzi pics.
“Circus” singer Britney Spears was extremely vocal about her disdain for unflattering pap pics when she was vacating in Maui, and even told her Instagram followers that she had to throw away a yellow bikini because she was so embarrassed by some unflattering pictures of her in that bikini that started to circulate online.
In a very long Instagram post, Camila slammed photoshop, restrictive eating, and overexercising for painting an unrealistic picture of what women should look like.
Camila Cabello Said She Felt ‘So Self-Conscious’ About Her Body: ‘Who Am I Trying To Look Attractive For?’
In a lengthy post that the “Senorita” singer shared on her social media channels, Cabello said, “every time I’ve gone to this beach club in Miami I get papped – somehow when I check in paps know and get me in my bikini and every time I’ve felt super vulnerable and unprepared.”
She criticized “a culture who has gotten so used to an image of what a ‘healthy’ woman’s body looks like that is completely not real for a lot of women” and blamed photoshop, restrictive eating, and overexercising for setting a standard of unrealistic body images.
She admitted, “I’m a single woman in her 20s in the middle of a s— ton of promo and I want to feel like I look ‘good.’ Today I got a new bikini, a whole f—in cute outfit , put lip gloss on, and didn’t eat anything too heavy before going in the OCEAN cause I knew it was gonna be basically a whole photoshoot.”
“I held my core so tight my abs hurt and didn’t breathe and barely smiled and was so self-conscious of where the paps were the whole time I couldn’t let go and relax and do what we’re meant to do when we go out into nature,” she continued.
She said she knew she “looked ‘good’ in the pictures” and thought she would feel “accomplished.” However, she said she felt the “emptiness and sadness of our culture’s thoughts that became my thoughts.”
“Who am I trying to look attractive for and am I even attractive to myself if I can’t let loose and relax and have fun and be playful on a beautiful day at the beach?” she asked. “I know what I look like doesn’t determine how healthy, happy, or sexy I am.”
She concluded the post by saying, “Ps I ran away to the Pool area where hopefully they can’t get me but they literally hide in the bushes sometimes Im exhausted lol.”
Camila Cabello’s Fans Have Her Back: ‘You Looked Hot And Confident!’
— camila (@Camila_Cabello) April 2, 2022
Despite the “Bam Bam” singer’s embarrassment being photographed by paparazzi, many fans thought that she looked great.
“I kno u probably only see the worst, but I want you to know I saw a viral YouTube short video w those photos and EVERY COMMENT was about how refreshing it was to see a realistic body, and that you looked hot and confident!!” one fan wrote. “The way you felt (paying no mind) read in the photos!”
“I so wish I could hug you now and say it’s going to be okay, because even if you don’t know it, you always helped me in situations I didn’t know what to do,” another fan said. “I just wish I could give back all the love you’ve given me for years. Being your fan is the greatest pride and prestige because you are an inspiring woman who has faced a lot to get here. Know that you are a great woman and you become more and more incredible, perfect, kind, loving and cute every day. I love you so much Camila and you have a legion of fans who love you just the way you are.”
“Your body is beautiful and no one has the right to make you feel uncomfortable with it,” they continued. “Your body, your rules. the only thing that matters is your well being and nothing else. Love you.”
“It’s time for us fans to stop sharing these pap images of Camila at the beach,” another shared. “All of us who have done this in the past owe you a huge apology. I’m sorry for what you’re going through and I’m sorry for any part we may have taken in it.”