On Monday, Iggy Azalea took to social media to post a photo of herself rocking a pink bikini as she sat with her feet in the water of a swimming pool, an image that should have had people wishing they could get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine themselves. Instead, it’s sparked a wave of nasty backlash for one reason: Azalea’s behind.
The comment section on the post is filled with criticism, with people accusing Azalea of having plastic surgery, looking as though she has a “fake” butt and for Photoshopping her photo.
“Fake butts be like…” wrote naryn07.
“She looks deformd [sic] in this photo,” kariwa commented. While skellz16 also shamed Azalea for her proportions, writing, “That doesn’t even look proportionate lol.”
“I’d rather have a tinier booty and actually look proportionate lol but to each their own,” janellegillxo shared.
Others questioned whether Azalea had Photoshopped her picture. Baelux321 wrote, “if you look at the water then look at her arms you can see something is very off looks like it has been retouched or photo shopped…”
Vanityslut98 shared similar sentiments, writing, “This looks so photoshopped lol” and fcukoff_____ agreed, writing, “Is anyone noticing her arm though… Photoshop fail.”
This is not the first time that Azalea, who has admitted to having a boob job as well as a nose job, has come under fire for altering her body, but the negative backlash really needs to stop for two reasons, the most simple being that it’s Azalea’s body and it’s her choice alone what she chooses to do with it, and if she has chosen to get her features enhanced, then that in no way decreases her talent.
And the second reason? Cosmetic surgery shouldn’t be taboo.
In fact, Azalea makes a pretty compelling argument for why women should be able to have cosmetic procedures without shame or judgement. As a society, we are too quick to judge people based solely on appearance. The media constantly bombards us with images of perfect, airbrushed women — a standard of beauty that, for most of us, is completely unattainable.
While that’s not to say that women are not all gorgeous in their natural form, being able to make a guilt-free decision to take charge of your own appearance, much like Azalea has done, can be empowering. Blogger Kate Fridkis expanded on this thought in her blog, Eat the Damn Cake.
Speaking of undergoing cosmetic surgery, Fridkis explained how it was both a “relief” and a “step on the path to self-acceptance.”
“The truth is, cosmetic surgery made me feel empowered. I was choosing to change something about myself that had distracted me too long,” she writes. “I wanted to think about other things. I wanted to move on, and no amount of pep-talking and gender theory reading seemed to do the trick. I was tired. I was fed up.”
But more than that, it starts a conversation about how we should be more accepting of peoples’ decisions — that’s not to say you have to agree with them, it’s just to say you have no right to judge them — which is something Azalea previously touched on during an interview with Elle Canada.
“I think, in 2016, people should be more accepting of the fact that both famous and non-famous women are having cosmetic procedures,” she told the publication. “That’s just the reality. And I think more people need to admit that shit so it doesn’t have to be so taboo — because we’re all doing it anyway.”
So, can we all just leave Iggy Azalea alone, now? Because the size and shape of her behind really has nothing to do with anyone other than Azalea. And if she has chosen to alter it, well, then how does it affect you?