Selena Gomez took a moment to share a stunning photo of herself modeling a blue one-piece swimsuit from her friend Theresa Mingus' La'Mariette swimsuit line—and to open up about her journey of accepting and embracing the scar she has from her kidney transplant surgery in 2017.
She captioned her photo, "When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar. I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through...and I’m proud of that. T - Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that...all bodies are beautiful."
Within 10 minutes, the photo had over 1.1M likes. That's the power of Selena:
When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar. I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through...and I’m proud of that. T - Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that...all bodies are beautiful.
A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Sep 24, 2020 at 9:57am PDT
This isn't Gomez's first time modeling a swimsuit from Minus' La'Mariette line. Gomez appeared wearing a blue bikini on the fashion brand's Instagram page on September 4. She looked radiant in the print two-piece:
@selenagomez wearing the CAROLINE TOP & CAROLINE BOTTOM in the print "Day Trip" 😍 "This print was the catalyst for me to rebrand as La Mariette. It feels reflective of me- playful, vivid, and alive. Creating this new collection, it was imperative that every suit and print felt like an extension of me. This print for me feels like a memory. I get that same wash of nostalgia every time I wear it, it reminds me of a day trip Selena and I took when I was considering rebranding my company- we drove down to Newport and spent all day on a boat, laughing and wandering in and out of some incredible vintage stores. One of those days that when you look back you want to relive it. When I am working on a new collection, I don't often look for inspiration on Instagram. More often I find that current of electricity from old photos of my friends' moms, or dope old 80s/90s Sports Illustrated editorials- images where women look athletic and strong and very much real." — @tmarie247
A post shared by LA’MARIETTE (@lamariette) on Sep 4, 2020 at 9:00am PDT
Gomez spoke to Amy Schumer earlier this year for Interview magazine about how being public about her health journey—both physically and mentally—has helped others. "I don’t know if that was ever meant to be my role [being a mental health advocate], but I love people," she said. "I care, a lot. I’ve gone through a lot of medical issues, and I know that I can reach people who are going through similarly scary things—an organ transplant, or being on dialysis, or going away for treatment. A huge part of why I have a platform is to help people. That’s why I think I’m okay with the magnitude. I mean, I’m not really okay with it—but I’m going to say that I am because it’s worth it. I know that I’m making someone somewhere feel good, or feel understood or heard, and that’s worth it for me."
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