Selena Gomez Is Bringing Back “Real Stomachs”

Selena Gomez is all done being told what her body should look like and instead is embracing it exactly as it is.

The pop star posted a new TikTok on Wednesday from her vacation in Italy showing herself lounging in one-piece La’Mariette tie-dye swimsuit from the collection she designed for the brand in 2021 with her friend and former assistant, Theresa Mingus. In the seven-second clip captioned “Vaca self,” which already has 2.5 million likes and over 4.6 million views, Gomez plays audio that says “suck it in,” to which she lip-syncs in response, “I’m not sucking shit in. Real stomachs is coming the fuck back, OK?”

The singer has regularly used her enormous social media platform to speak out on the topic of body shaming and loving yourself at every size. In April, she posted another video to her TikTok in which she explained that being skinny, for her, is not worth missing out on all the delicious food in the world. “So I be trying to stay skinny, but I went to Jack in the Box and I got four tacos, three egg rolls, onion rings and a spicy chicken sandwich,” she explained in the clip. “But honestly, I don’t care about my weight because people bitch about it anyway.” She then imitated the usual string of negative comments she receives about her body, saying, “’You’re too small. You’re too big. That doesn’t fit. Meh, meh, meh, meh,’” concluding, “Bitch, I am perfect the way I am.”

Aside from her recent string of TikTok posts, Gomez typically shies away from social media, revealing that she actually hasn’t been on it at all for years because of the negative impact it had on her mental health. “I haven’t been on the internet in four and a half years,” she told Good Morning America in April. “It has changed my life completely. I am happier, I am more present. I connect more with people. I understand how powerful the internet is, and in so many ways it’s done the best things for the world. But for me, I get to my news that is actually important I get through people in my life.” She also revealed that since going public with her bipolar diagnosis in 2020, “I started to have a relationship with myself, and I think that’s the best part. I’ve probably been the happiest I’ve ever been. It’s just been really wonderful , but it’s work and you do it every day.”

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