Little Mix Should Be Praised For Their Nude Photo Shoot, Not Insulted

Little Mix's Message Of Self-Love In The 'Strip' Music Video Was Overshadowed By Them Being Slut Shamed

Women are intelligent, strong, artistic, and sexy and if we want to be naked, we will be naked.

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Body positivity has become an important topic these past few years and many artists have decided to use their talents to spread the message of self-love. Women, in particular, get heavily criticized by society for not adhering to beauty standards, and groups like Little Mix wanted to tell their female fans that their bodies are perfect just the way they are.

Little Mix has recently released the music video for their single titled 'Strip' from their fifth studio album, LM5. The lyrics of the song talk about loving their skin color and bare faces, embracing features that are considered "ugly" (like small boobs), and brushing off insults about their appearance. They even reclaim those insults in the music video by posing naked with them written all over their bodies during a photo shoot.

The entire concept behind 'Strip' is positive and inspirational, yet people like Piers Morgan attacked the group for their decision to pose naked. He tweeted that he would prefer that Little Mix "use their talent to sell records rather than their nudity." Morgan even accused the group of stealing the idea for their nude photo shoot from the Dixie Chicks. Joan Grande, Ariana Grande's mother, came to Little Mix's defense and stated that the group was paying homage to the Dixie Chicks and that if Morgan had nothing nice to say he should not say anything at all. He dismissed her and then compared Little Mix to Ariana by saying that she is able to sell her music with only her talent and not her body.

Ariana responded to Morgan with a tweet that I believe perfectly sums up what the reaction should have been to Little Mix's photo shoot. She said,

"I use my talent AND my sexuality all the time because I choose to. women can be sexual AND talented. naked and dignified. it's OUR choice. & we will keep fighting til people understand."

Little Mix's song is not any less meaningful because they chose to be naked in the music video. They are spreading a positive message and that should be the media's focus, not the fact that they were nude. Their nakedness was a tool to make women feel even more confident when listening to 'Strip.' By having the labels that have been given to their bodies displayed on their skin, they are showing their audience that their insecurities should be embraced, not hidden.

Women are told their entire lives that if they want to be respected they have to keep their bodies covered because they are a "slut" if they show it off. Men see it as unacceptable when women feel confident in their bodies and decide to flaunt them for no reason other than it making them happy. Our bodies have been treated as a commodity that exists only for male consumption. I am thrilled to see that Little Mix has been teaching their primarily female fan base that their bodies are theirs and theirs alone.

The female body is beautiful and should be praised, not ruthlessly insulted. Enforcing unrealistic beauty standards is dangerous for both the physical and mental health of women. Our society tries to plant the idea in our minds that we should strive to meet these standards because we are worthless if we do not, while at the same time claiming that looks are not everything and that you lack substance and creativity if you willingly choose to display your body.

Women do not need your approval to exist. We are intelligent, strong, artistic, and sexy and if we want to be naked, we will be naked. It will be nobody else's decision but our own and we will do it because it makes us happy. And news flash Piers Morgan, Little Mix will always be more successful than you are because your archaic beliefs will hold you back until the end of time.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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7 Lyrics From Miley Cyrus' 'SHE IS COMING' Perfect For Your Next Instagram Caption

We all love Miley, so why not make your next Instagram caption from her?

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Miley Cyrus' new album “SHE IS COMING" is a banger for sure. Her lyrics always are perfect for Instagram captions and her latest drop is no exception.

Here are seven lyrics from "SHE IS COMING" perfect for your next Instagram caption.

1. “All that you are is all I ever need.”

2. “We didn’t come this close for nothing, We didn’t come this far for nothing.”

3. “Turn up your gratitude, Turn down your attitude.” 

4. “It’s better than where we came from, I think we should both stay.”

5. “Oh look at her, she got the power.” 

6. “I’m nasty, I’m evil. Must be something in the water or that I’m my mother’s daughter.” 

7. “Even in my darkest place, You love me the most.”

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