Selena Gomez is too proud of her strong post-surgery body to take criticism about her recent bikini pictures to heart.
The singer and actress was snapped soaking up the sun in Sydney, Australia on a yacht last week while sporting an orange and black two-piece that put the scars from her 2017 kidney transplant operation on full display.
Selena, who received a life-saving new kidney from her actress friend Francia Raisa, became the victim of cruel trolls on social media when the images were published, with body-shaming bullies poking fun the scarring.
The Hands to Myself hitmaker wasn’t fazed by the insults, and she addressed her critics on Tuesday by posting a vintage-inspired Instagram video of herself and friends, with the footage featuring the pals recreating a scene from iconic film Titanic while having a laugh during their relaxing yacht day.
Captioning the video with an inspiring message about body positivity, the 25-year-old wrote: “The beauty myth – an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone.”
Selena made it even more clear she was unfazed by the haters in her easy, breezy “Wind in her sails” conclusion to the message.
The star has previously revealed her kidney transplant operation has forever changed her mentality when it comes to issues of self-esteem and body positivity.
“I just kept thinking about how much my body is my own,” she told Billboard. “(After the surgery) I had this sense of gratitude for myself. I don’t think I’ve ever just stopped and been like, “I’m actually grateful for who I am’.”
“I didn’t (feel comfortable with my scars at first), but I do now,” she added. “When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do – lasers and creams and all that stuff – but I’m OK with it.”