Camila Cabello is calling out the paparazzi, who took photos of the singer over the weekend at a Miami beach. the incident made her feel self-conscious about her body, as the “Havana” singer described in a lengthy statement on Twitter. “Every time I’ve gone to this beach club in Miami I get papped – somehow when I check in paps know and get me in my bikini and every time I’ve felt super vulnerable and unprepared — I’ve worn bikinis that were too small and paid no mind to how I looked, then saw pictures online and comments and been so upset.”
She continued, “I reminded myself when it impacted my self-esteem that I was thinking the culture’s thoughts and not my own. A culture who has gotten so used to an image of what a ‘healthy’ woman’s body looks like that is completely not real for a lot of women. Photoshop, restrictive eating, overexercising, and choosing angles that make our bodies look different than how they are in the moment and in their natural form, when we take a deep breath, when we eat a meal, when we allow the waves to tussle us around.”
Camila reminded us that she’s still a woman in her 20’s in the middle of a “s— ton of promo” who just wants to feel like she looks “good.” Since she anticipated that paparazzi would be at the beach club this time around, Cabello got a new bikini that day, a “whole f—in cute outfit, put lip gloss on, and didn’t eat anything too heavy before going in the OCEAN cause I knew it was gonna be basically a whole photoshoot. I held my core so tight my abs hurt and didn’t breathe and barely smiled and was so self-conscious of where the paps were the whole time I couldn’t let go and relax and do what we’re meant to do when we go out into nature.”
She felt accomplished with looking good in the pictures and yet admitted she “never had a worse time at the beach.” Camilla said she wanted to share her experience “because we see pictures of women and praise them for looking good, for looking fit or ‘healthy’, but what is health if you are so fixated on what your body looks like that your mental health suffers and you can’t enjoy your life? Who am I trying to look attractive for and am I even attractive to myself if I can’t let loose and relax and have fun and be playful on a beautiful day at the beach?”
Camila also shared a photo of her in the “pool area” where she was staying “where hopefully they can’t get me but they literally hide in the bushes sometimes I’m exhausted.”
In music news, Camilla collaborated with Willow Smith on “Psychofreak,” out this Friday, April 8.