Ariana Grande expressed her wish that sharing her struggles and insecurities about her body could inspire positive change. On Tuesday, the pop sensation, known for her hit song “thank u, next,” addressed the criticisms she has faced regarding her looks in a TikTok video.
She said, “I wanted to share what it means to be a person with a body and to be seen and valued. Whether healthy, unhealthy, big, small, sexy, or nonsense, we need to be kinder and less comfortable criticizing people’s bodies. We should work on not doing that as much as possible..”
While filming for the upcoming Wicked movie, Ariana Grande clarified that despite criticism for being too small and “unhealthy,” there are numerous definitions of beauty and ways to look healthy and beautiful.
She said, “I know my previous body was the unhealthiest version of my body. I was on antidepressants and drinking on them. When I looked the way you consider healthy, that wasn’t my healthy.”
Additionally, the former Nickelodeon star highlighted that even well-intended compliments are not always ideal since one can never truly understand what someone else is going through.
She said, “Even if you come from a loving, caring place, that person probably works on it or has a support system, and you never know. Be gentle with each other and with yourself.”
Grande’s plea to fans to reconsider how they discuss bodies reflects a broader societal concern. According to Janet Lydecker, a Yale School of Medicine psychiatry professor, Americans’ fixation on weight and its association with beauty and authority, mainly for women, creates significant pressure to alter our bodies.
Grande has spoken out about comments on her body, saying shaming anyone is not okay. She emphasized celebrating diversity and self-love and rejecting objectification and body shaming.