Selena Gomez’s speech at American Music Awards was brilliant and brave in so many ways. In a few short minutes she summed up a path of self-realisation, hope, acceptance and recovery.
Importantly, she kept it real and relatable. When she said, “I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram, I want to see what’s in here,” gesturing to her heart, she spoke straight to her audience of young women.
Of course, she’s right.
When did it become cool to take off all your clothes and take photos for public consumption? Probably when everyone started having a mobile phone constantly glued to their hand and we all forgot that when it comes to social media, just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
We appear to be saddled with a strange and curious notion that taking off our clothes is empowering. It’s baffling. Just because Kim Kardashian strips and lathers her cheeks in oil certainly doesn’t mean we all have to follow (birthday) suit.