Let’s get one thing straight; it’s hard being a female in today’s society and if we thought that was Difficult, then it is unimaginable to be a female in the spotlight of the celebrity world. Photographers, specifically, the paparazzi, a huge fanbase and there’s the constant upkeep of your own self; what’s on the outside because that’s what really matters when you’re famous. It’s how you look, what you wear, and how your body is portrayed, and if it’s not up to the standards of people then the negativity starts, the comments flow in, and the fanbase turns nasty while others fight to stand up for what is right.
Everyone has a standard, all of them are different, but it is impossible to meet everyone’s standards. You aren’t just talking about your friends or family members, but a million other strangers and a dozen new strangers added to that list nearly every day. One woman in particular, who became the centre of attention for such negativity is Lana Del Rey. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only time when Lana was dragged through the spotlight in a negative light, but back in 2020 too, and long before then. One fan on Twitter tweeted that “Ew, I had no idea Lana del Rey is fat. Thought she was prettier too; I am disappointed”, but Lana fans were quick to rush to the defence of the singer, tweeting “making fun of Lana del Rey for her weight gain is weirdo behaviour” with another fan posting “Lana Del Rey is a queen idc if she gained weight, she’s still perfect”. For every negative comment, there were fans rushing to show support to Lana using a Twitter hashtag of #WeLoveYouLana, it was no surprise that it trended quickly.
It’s 2022 and to think we have moved away from fatphobic comments is an overstatement, I thought we were better than this as a society, but we’re not and that needs to change. Someone’s body weight is none of our business. Someone’s body physique is none of our business. Someone’s personal life and life, in general, is none of our business. It is not our business to comment degrading comments to someone we know or who we don’t know. Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it also works hand-in-hand with the phrase if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. Celebrities’ fanbase’s can fluctuate depending on what the celebrity has done; some examples are Conor McGregor has lost a lot of respect from his fans due to his unacceptable behaviour lately and icon Justin Bieber even went through a rough patch with his fanbase after a video was posted online of him spitting down on to his fans from a high balcony. It is easy and understandable to see why certain celebrity fanbases can decrease and increase and that is merely because of their actions in society, but why should it fluctuate when it comes to weight? Is the idea of your favourite singer gaining weight a huge disrespect to you? It shouldn’t.
As humans, our bodies have different metabolisms, we have different bone structures, and we have different bodies. No body is the same, but over the years, social media has fed us the false image of how we should look; how we should be skinny, have perfect hair, and have perfect teeth. Perfect everything. This is not the case. The real truth is; we’re allowed to have cellulite, greasy hair, and oily skin. Our bodies should be allowed to bloat or break out in acne or gain weight. We have been fed nasty little lies, thinking that because we have gained weight we are “fat” or “ugly” or “not beautiful”, but it’s time to stop feeding into those lies. We are all beautiful; all shapes, sizes, everything. Beautiful beings should not say such hateful things to one another. We are all the same. And Lana Del Rey is just like us; she is beautiful too inside and outside.