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Kelly Clarkson Brushes Off Fat-Shamers

By Kaitlyn Oberg--Are you a woman of childbearing age, who is carrying or has recently had a baby?

Congratulations, your body is now public domain! Do you happen to be a celebrity who has just had a baby? Well, your body is even more subject to scrutiny, on magazines, on Twitter, on talk shows, and any other medium used to pick apart and discuss celebrities' personal lives.

For starlets whose fame centers on their figures as much as their talent, losing baby weight is seen as something unquestionable that must be done. But good news! Kelly Clarkson shines as a beacon of hope in the world of celebrity bodysnarking. Clarkson herself has stated that she struggled with bulimia in the past and she has shown nothing but body positivity after her latest pregnancy. 

Instead of following the status quo, Clarkson instead feels that, “counting how much weight you put on during a pregnancy is the dumbest thing a woman can do.” Her views on post-partum weight loss are refreshing and inspiring.

Many women are damaged by the idea that baby weight must come off immediately, and when they are unable to return to their pre-pregnancy weight (which most are not, considering that unlike celebrities, normal women are not paid to lose the baby weight) they are left feeling depressed, worthless, and distraught. This can be especially problematic due to the fluctuations in hormones women experience after given birth.

As a society, it is ridiculous we attempt to shame women for being unable to immediately lose the “extra” weight they gained to nourish the life they brought into the world. Clarkson’s refusal to adhere to that standard says something. She's saying that she's unashamed of how she looks, feeling happy and healthy, and won't let fat-shamers bring her down.

Even when another starlet attempted to fat-shame Clarkson, calling her out in a ruthlessly rude tweet and other comments, Clarkson simply responded, “That’s because she doesn’t know me. I’m awesome!...It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family – I don’t seek out any other acceptance.”

Anyone can learn from Clarkson’s approach: seek acceptance from your family or yourself, not from anyone else.  Hopefully, as society moves forward, more and more celebrities will speak out against the unrealistic post-partum standards and become amazing body-positive role models. I also hope that as celebrities speak out like this, body snarkers start to back off and realize that there's much better ways to spend time time and energy than picking apart celebrities' bodies. 

About the blogger: Kaitlyn is a freshman nursing major attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, with hopes to one day be a Public Health or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In her free time, you can find her wandering through Center City, watching Bob's Burgers, or with her nose in a John Green novel. 

Photo Source: PA Photos

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