Black Bodies Being Shamed Is Nothing New And That Needs To Change

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12:  Rihanna attends Vogue's Forces of Fashion Conference at Milk Studios on October 12, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Black Bodies Being Shamed Is Nothing New And That Needs To Change

Love yourself in all ways, always!

Published November 15, 2017

There is a long history of body shaming across all cultures and, as we know, Black people have been subject to a particular nature of scrutiny due to a complex past. Recently, Demetria Obilor was targeted by an internet troll who couldn't stand to see the traffic reporter shine. Unfortunately, body shaming has become more common with the proliferation of the web.

    1. Thankfully, this also lets us see how some of our favorite stars shine in spite of the negativity. Here are a few celebs who inspire us to love ourselves in any size or shape we may be!

  1. Lauren London Isn't Stressing Her Baby Weight
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21:  Lauren London arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of "Can't Stop Won't Stop"  at Writers Guild of America, West on June 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
    (Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage)

    After a mother has recently given birth to a child, you'd think that the first thing someone would want to know is how things are going. But of course, in true hater fashion, people had plenty to say about Lauren's post-partum physique. With a touch of class, she responded with this:

  2. Lupita Nyong'o Loves Herself From Head To Toe
    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05:  Lupita Nyong'o attends the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 5, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

    Grazia UK magazine placed the lovely and talented Lupita on the cover of their November 2017 issue, but allowed her image to be altered to fit more Eurocentric beauty standards. Lupita voiced her stance and the publication has since issued an apology.

  3. People Obviously Didn't Cop Solange's Album...#DTMH
    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04:  Solange Knowles attends The 2017 Surface Travel Awards at Hotel Americano on October 4, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Surface Media)
    (Photo: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Surface Media)

    Despite having a track literally  titled "Don't Touch My Hair," The Evening Standard, a publication of London, did the exact opposite and edited Solange's hair on the cover. They've since apologized for the editorial blunder.

  4. Rihanna Looks Good Regardless
    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12:  Rihanna attends Vogue's Forces of Fashion Conference at Milk Studios on October 12, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

    The bad gal had a hilarious clapback to tabloids who had something to say about her size:

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  5. Serena Williams Ain't Sorry
    BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 13:  Serena Williams attends Glamour's 2017 Women of The Year Awards at Kings Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour)

    Critics have had countless things to say about Serena's physique. They didn't know that queens come in all forms. Despite the noise, she has continued to live her best life and be one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. How about we focus on all the Ws she's taking!

  6. A message of inspiration from Ariana Grande
    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  (Exclusive Coverage) Ariana Grande attends the 10th Annual Delete Blood Cancer DKMS Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 5, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DKMS Gala)
    (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for DKMS Gala)

    Instead of channeling energy into the haters that tried to bring her down about her size, Ari transformed the hate into a message of positivity for us all:

    All in all, the takeaway is clear: no matter how you were created, you are beautiful. Love yourself in all ways, always!

    For your weekly dose of inspiration, woke commentary and hilarity, tune in to The Rundown With Robin Thede every Thursday at 11P/10C, only on BET.

Written by Christopher Lee

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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