Meghan Trainor, singer of the hit song “All About That Bass” reveals her weight loss transformation. The 23 year old singer shares her body positive message on Instagram “I’ve never felt so pretty/sexy in my life”.
The secret to her transformation?
“I work out so hard… I’ve been working on my health [with] my boyfriend and, yeah,
we eat good and we work out, like, every day.”
Her hard work is definitely paying off, particularly with supportive boyfriend, Daryl Sabara by her side.
Sabara played Juni Cortez in the Spy Kids adventure comedy movies of the 2000s.
Despite her newfound health and happiness, and finding a partner who loved her even before she lost the weight – Trainor’s weight loss has caused a stir in the body positive (BoPo) community.
All About That Bass became the anthem of body positivity back in 2014, as Trainor sings about the beauty in fuller figures:
“Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top
Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night
You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll,
So, if that’s what’s you’re into
Then go ahead and move along”
Her music video is fun, colourful and full of energy as her curvy back up dancers shake their booty to the beat.
In a Q&A for the song, Meghan says:
“I wrote it for me, as well, because I’ve struggled with
[body image] since I was very young.
And, my best friend is a beautiful goddess, but
she’ll pick on herself in the mirror.
“My forehead’s too big,” or, “My shoulders go out too far …”
So, if other girls can relate to the song, it makes me feel
even better. It’s unreal that I’m kind of helping people.”
Despite her success and positive messaging, Trainor has struggled to fit within the BoPo community, with some criticising her lyrics as ‘skinny shaming’ in the line:
“I’m bringing booty back. Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches, Hey…”
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“Anytime anyone throws any sort of “I <3 people of all sizes”
comment out there, they seem to either hashtag or genuinely think
they are part of a #BodyPositiveMovement. When really, so many
of these seemingly well intended campaigns are cursed with an
unfortunate double entendre.
Let’s clear something up first – being body positive is all about
celebrating all body types. The keyword here is all body types.
Not just body types that aren’t widely recognised as “beautiful”-
but every single (supposedly healthy) body type you can think of.
Shock, horror, surprise, but this includes skinny people too. If
we’re going to advocate for equality, we can’t exclude a whole
genreof body type simply because they’re different to yours.
Isn’t that defeating the purpose of creating a
#BodyPositiveMovement, in the first place?”
This isn’t the first time that a BoPo influencer has been slammed for adopting a healthy lifestyle. Ashley Graham, plus-size model and self-proclaimed BoPo leader has inspired millions of women across the world to embrace their curves – encouraging them to feel beautiful in their own skin.
Her Instagram profile features strikingly beautiful shots of Graham, where she stands confident, voluptuous and sexy. She also features workouts videos of her time in the gym, which has received criticism from both ends of the BoPo spectrum.
Her rebuttal to this?
This begs the question:
Is BoPo actually a space for all bodies to embrace self-love and self-acceptance, or does it still promote body shaming on bodies which fit outside the mould of ‘curvy’, ‘plus-size’, ‘big and beautiful’?
What is BoPo all about?
It’s a movement that celebrates the diversity of all body types and encourages individuals to love and affirm the bodies they are in. Although the shift towards promoting body acceptance whilst striving to be the healthiest version of yourself possible is theoretically sound – the message has been twisted and adapted to suit the needs of different people at different times.
Dr. Christopher Leeth, licensed professional Counsellor says:
“Body positivity is not saying it’s an excuse to be fat or unhealthy,
but it’s a way of saying we don’t need to put each other down and
we don’t need to put ourselves down,”
Yet some BoPo activists continue to advocate against weight loss and the ‘dieting’ mentality.
Louise Thompson, star of the Made in Chelsea reality TV series, will release her new book titled “Body Positive” in May, 2018. The book will account for her journey to transforming her life around after years of partying with little concern for her health or happiness. According to the publisher:
“Body Positive will take you through her favourite home workouts,
tips for self-care and some of the delicious recipes she loves to keep
her on the track to positivity.”
In response to this, plus size blogger, Stephanie Yeboah commented on her @nerdabouttown Twitter profile:
So where to from here?
Can BoPo really fit in today’s society, or is it always going to be an endless debate of bass vs. treble? Are traditionally ‘skinny’ bodies now being marginalised in the pursuit of ‘fat’ acceptance across plus-size bodies?
With the desire for all people to feel loved, confident, worthy and enough – the key message behind BoPo is to assume responsibility for your own body and what it needs. According to Katherine Schreiber and Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D:
“Being body positive is to examine the messages you’ve received
– and continue to receive – throughout your life about health,
weight, food, and exercise. You’ll want to pay attention not only
to what you’ve been told by the media and medical professionals,
but also by your family, friends, and culture. Once you clearly
identify the messages, you can begin to think critically about
which ones work for you.
If particular information is intriguing, try it out to see how it
makes you feel. If you adopt a behaviour that leads to better
physical and/or mental health, and – most importantly – it
is something you can sustain over the long term, keep it in
Note from Oscar:
I contacted a leader in the BoPo movement recently and was told that my messaging was all wrong. I looked up to this person. So I was quite shocked when I received a reply that left me shaking my head in disappointment.
I believe in unlocking the mentality that allows us to love ourselves is what BoPo is all about. But this person told me that body positive shouldn’t be synonymous with trying to get to a healthier weight/body.
I shared my dilemma with a BoPo Fitspo on Instagram:
Whilst I recognise that BoPo is predominately about changing our own mindsets and putting a stop to the body shaming, I think it’s dangerous to live in denial about the health benefits of eating well and keeping active.
I may be a Health and Wellness Coach, but I do not align myself with ‘diet culture’. Diet culture forces people into starvation, sometimes without them realising. It forces people to question their self-worth and live with a distorted body image.
Diet culture stops people from being able to enjoy life and eat out with their friends and enjoy the ice cream sundae. It takes the fun and happiness out of life. Diet culture forces people to look a certain way, pushing them into a box, defined by the weight on the scales and BMI.
I approach weight loss differently and believe that BoPo is about loving ourselves enough to look after our health and consciously stopping ourselves from allowing the negative mindset to take over. At the end of the day, don’t we all want to live a long, happy and healthy life with our loved ones?
Looking after our mental health, nutrition and fitness is what will help us get there.