Selena Gomez is a hero to many young women who grapple with body image issues. She's strong, isn't afraid to speak out, and she doesn't give a damn about what anybody thinks about her body. (Amen, sister!)
But when the 22-year-old actress, singer, and Adidas NEO collaborator chatted with the brand and answered fans' pressing questions in a live Q&A on May 13, she really solidified herself as a role model. When asked what the one thing she would change in the world was — and why — she gave a kickass answer: "bullying."
She really, really hates bullying, FYI.
"I would deactivate every single comment on any social media," she said, likely alluding to a recent body shamer on Instagram whom Selena ultimately (and publicly!) called out.
Gomez went on to describe how she pictured this bully-free world to be.
"I think that you should have an email where you can send in questions. But you should be able to post what you want, say what you want, be what you want, without anybody judging you or making you feel like your self-value is from an Instagram post or from people liking your post."
"People get so affected by that, and I would change that, because they don't need to worry about that. They need to live their life and be happy," she said. "I don't care how many likes I get. I get a lot but I don't really care! Like I just do it for you guys, I do it for my friends and my family, and that’s how you have to look at it."
She's right. If something on the Internet irks you or you don't want to click on something, don't click on it! Don't engage! This isn't an entirely new train of thought; there's the old adage, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything it all."
Selena then summed up her stance succintly and powerfully: "I would get rid of bullying, people are so mean, it’s exhausting." (Mic drop!)
Gomez isn't just shutting down haters and promoting body positivity, she's sending a super powerful and important message out there into the vast, often mean world of the Internet. A message of kindness. And it's likely in part thanks to her mom. "My mom has always constantly reminded that me that I'm no bigger or less than anybody, that I should treat everybody with respect and be kind, and I feel like that's somebody who's impacted me more than she realizes," she shared.
But given the prevalence of meanness on Instagram and the general pervasiveness of bullying, it's encouraging to see a celeb spread a message of universal goodness. Hopefully, it's one her fans and followers can take with them and spread as well.
Keep on keepin' on, Selena.