As an encore to the bold moves of Miley Cyrus, music icon Rita Ora has made a bold statement. While half the world remains horrified by the barely-there jewelled suit Miley wore to the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30, Rita joins the other half in applauding Miley’s efforts towards promoting the message of being comfortable in your own body.
Within days of Miley’s VMA appearance, Rita told reporters, “Miley is the main supporter of that message of being comfortable in your own skin. Madonna started it. Artists who are willing to do it only come along once in a blue moon.” We’re not making any mooning jokes because this certainly is a serious matter.
In a body image-obsessed world, ‘keeping it real’ is hard for real people and even harder for celebrities. Only a few short years ago, Miley was criticized for being full-figured and she made no bones about calling out her critics on the subject. She spoke publicly about disruptive beauty standards, as she has in the past. “When you look at retouched, perfect photos, you feel like s*it. They lighten black girls’ skin.
They smooth out wrinkles. Even when I get stuck on Instagram wondering, ‘Why don’t I look like that?’ it’s a total bummer. It’s crazy what people have decided we’re all supposed to be,” Miley confesses.
Refusing to conform to expectations comes at a cost and Miley knows it. “I’m probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company,” she says, only half-joking, “but my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world.” Not one wild outfit at a time, but by being vocal, supporting just causes and changing the game.
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