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Selena Gomez shuts down body-shamers: Women get trapped in cycle of 'self-hatred'

The singer says there’s a "beauty myth" that’s hurting women, and she wants to set the record straight.

by Ree Hines / / Source: TODAY
Selena Gomez doesn't want her fans thinking they need to be perfect.Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

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Selena Gomez has a message for body-shamers: She doesn't care about their criticism.

What she does care about, however, is her fans. In a recent Instagram post, she made it clear that she doesn't want them to buy into a quest for "flawless beauty" that could bring them pain.

On Tuesday, Gomez took a break from a sun-filled vacation in Australia to share a video and important message that began with a simple definition:

"The beauty myth - an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty," she wrote.

The accompanying video showed the singer and her friends frolicking on a boat, looking completely carefree.

It all comes just a day after paparazzi captured photos of Gomez sunbathing in a bikini on what appears to be that same yacht. Shortly after those shots were published, body-shamers shared their unsolicited opinions on social media, discussing the actress and singer's appearance and even the visible scar from her kidney transplant surgery.

  selenagomez/Instagram

And lest they think their opinions matter to her, the "Kill Em With Kindness" singer added this to her post: "I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone."

Commenters dubbed her an "inspiration," credited her with giving them "confidence" and stated the post was exactly what they "needed to hear."

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