All three high-profile celebrities have decided to challenge the status quo and reclaim ownership over their bodies. The latest one to do this has been Christina, who bluntly told record execs pressurising her to lose weight: “You are working with a fat girl. Know it and get over it.”
Speaking to Billboard magazine in the US, Christina said, “They [the record label] need a reminder sometimes that I don’t belong to them. It’s my body.” The singer also claimed that she was guilt-tripped into losing weight, saying “Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight – the production, musical directors. [They claimed] people I toured with would also miss out if I gained weight because I would sell no records or tickets for my shows.” But now the pop star refuses to have her body treated as a mere commodity: “My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore – my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”
Christina’s record execs – who predicted that the higher the dress size, the less records sold – may well be right. But they are the very people who can change this. It may sound crude, but when women are surrounded by aspirational images of size zero celebrities, it becomes very hard not to believe that skinniness = beautiful. What we need are more Adeles, Beyonces and Gagas to prove that you don’t have to be model-skinny to be beautiful, happy or successful.
By refusing to have her weight dictated to her, Christina is putting herself forward as a pioneer (no exaggeration) of famous women refusing to conform to narrow ideals of beauty. Not only does she look gorgeous and healthy, but she is proving that she is the only person who can and should have ownership over her own body. And that is definitely a step in the right direction.