Bebe Rexha can’t win. She’s either deemed too sexy or “too big” (don’t even get us started) but the latest description a male music executive has used for her might take the cake: “too old.” The “Meant to Be” singer shared the most annoying thing she’s had to deal with as of late and her reaction was aces.
“I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was ‘confusing,'” Rexha captioned her Instagram post. “Because… I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I’m 29.” What does that even mean? Was he implying that she’s past the age one should be to post pics of herself? Because that’s just silly. She continued: “I’m fed up with being put in a box. I make my own rules. I’m tired of women getting labeled as ‘hags’ when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age.” Bebe, who turns 30 in a few weeks, is embracing it. She has no intention of being anyone other than herself and is proud to celebrate her age because she’s “wiser,” “stronger” and “a much better lover” than she was a decade ago.
The best part? The photo she chose to accompany her clapback. Bebe stunned in the black-and-white shot and that alone could’ve silenced the male music exec. And fellow females in the industry were more than happy to show their support in the comments. Taylor Swift wrote: “DRAG THEM. 29 YEAR OLDS UNITE.” Rita Ora added: “My sexy songwriting queen. You are beautiful, getting sexier with age and your talent SINGS for itself. Keep making those rules,” while Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui applauded her, writing: “LET EM KNOW MAMA.” Songwriter Justin Tranter’s comment is giving us all kinds of life, though: “The bullshit rules are finally changing and any ‘gatekeepers’ who are stuck in old patriarchal ways are just going to lose their ‘gates’ to fierce femme execs who allow their femme artists to be the multidimensional superheroes they are.”
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I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was “confusing.” Because… I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I’m 29. I’m fed up with being put in a box. I make my own rules. I’m tired of women getting labeled as “hags” when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age. Anyways, I’m turning 30 on August 30 and you know what, I’m not running away from it. I’m not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound “younger.” I’m gonna celebrate my age because you know what, I’m wiser, I’m stronger and TRUST ME I’m a much better lover than I was 10 years ago.
It was earlier this year that Rexha took to social media to put several designers on notice after they refused to dress her for the Grammys because of her size. “Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less then by their size,” Rexha wrote at the time. “We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY.”
In recent weeks, Bebe has also had to deal with fat-shaming trolls, but she had no patience for them either and tweeted that the only opinion that matters is her own.
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