Social media can be a wonderful, revolutionary tool but it can also be extremely damaging, as many of the world’s female celebrities have found out. And the latest celeb to fall victim to body shaming is Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
The “Crazy Stupid Love” hitmaker has been plagued by rumours that she is too thin, and suffering from an eating disorder, but Fernandez-Versini is hitting back at the rumours and letting the world know that she is perfectly happy and healthy.
“No, I’m not anorexic,” she told The Mirror. “It all started with a girl on Instagram calling us (sic) a bag of bones. At the time I was thinking people are so quick to judge without thinking, ‘Is there a reason why this person might be like that?'”
The X Factor UK judge went on to explain that women are expected to adhere to extremely unrealistic standards of beauty and it needs to stop.
“Right now I feel like we are facing a lot of body issues in general — girls expected to have big booties, girls with thin legs — and it’s impossible,” she explained. “It needs to slow down, or stop. It’s highlighting body insecurities and it’s not right.
“I work 12 to 14 hours a day. I don’t even have time at the moment to exercise — and I don’t need to either,” she continued.
And while she appreciates that her fans care, she insists that there really is nothing to be worried about.
“It’s nice that people are concerned, but, honestly there’s no cause for concern. You can see I am completely and utterly well and happy,” she explained.
Skinny-shaming is just as damaging as fat-shaming and Cheryl’s comments prove that as a society we need to be more mindful about the things we say.