Selena Gomez’s Powerful AMA Acceptance Speech

If you missed the American Music Awards and Selena Gomez’s acceptance speech for Favorite Female Artist last night – she just got real.

If you didn’t know, Selena recently had to take a break from everything for self-recovery (including canceling shows in her Revival Tour), due to her struggles with depression and anxiety. She says in her moving speech, “I had to stop. Because I had everything… and I was absolutely broken inside. And I kept it all together, enough to where I would never let you down, but I kept it too much together to where I let myself down.” See the full video here: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/selena-gomez-emotional-speech-ama-awards-article-1.2882029

Selena’s honesty is something that’s not always seen, and I commend her for doing it so publicly. She’s reminding us that it’s okay to admit you’re struggling, and okay to seek help for your own well-being.

She also says, “I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram. I want to see what’s in your heart,” which is also a great reminder in the wake of many (young) celebrities showing a bit too much skin.

For example, Kylie Jenner posting an extremely revealing Instagram photo of her and Tyga over the weekend. First of all, young girls are following her and looking to her as a role model, and what kind of example is that to set? Second of all, I totally get that she’s launching a lingerie line and that requires some risqué photos (eh, I guess I get it), but come on. This is too much.

Selena’s speech was inspiring, and encouraging women to show what’s in our hearts. And I have to agree – it’s not all about our bodies and how we look (and we certainly don’t need to look for that validation on social media). There’s a lot more going on inside, and that’s way more important.

And though The Curve Confessions sheds light on body image issues facing us all, that’s not to say there are SO many more important things. In fact, that’s part of my point. The way people look shouldn’t be such a focus for our world, but it always feel like it is.

Her inspiring speech was a great reminder, in my opinion, to:

  1. Respect ourselves and our bodies
  2. Be honest and vulnerable, and seek help if you need it

Thanks, Selena, you really inspired me with your words last night – and I’m sure you inspired other people, too. ❤

Photo credit: Disney | ABC Television Group

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