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Sometimes it’s hard not to covet the celebrity life. These A-listers get to take fancy trips, wear pretty clothes, go to all of the best shindigs and have mansions and money to spare. But there’s also a darker side to the celeb life, a side that Selena Gomez recently reminded us all of after pictures of her bikini-clad body went viral.

The pictures were by no means awful, but critics began pointing out that Gomez had gained a few pounds and looked a little “thicker.” Of course these reports mostly failed to mention that Gomez’s body had changed in part because of her kidney transplant, and that she actually has a protrusion that needed to be drained post-surgery. Not that any of that should even matter.

Instead the naysayers chose to hone in on the star’s looks alone, relating her weight to her breakup with Justin Bieber, speculating about a pregnancy and just being overall critical at her lack of perfection. But Gomez, to her credit, wasn’t having any of it and she hit back in the most perfect way possible.

Gomez and her friends took to a boat during her trip to Sydney, Australia, and filmed a video, shot old-school styles, that she then posted to Instagram. In it, she fired back at the haters, saying the main change was that she was now taking care of herself. And that, she says, is something more women need to be doing.

“The beauty myth- an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty,” Gomez wrote. “I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone. Wind in her sails.”

Talk about putting wind in all of our sails. Too often we see celebs trying to conform to these impossible beauty standards, rather than just being themselves and speaking out against them. Add in the fact that Gomez represents an entire younger generation of stars and her message actually makes us hopeful for the future.

“I do [feel comfortable with my scars]. I didn’t, but I do now,” Gomez recently told Billboard. “It was really hard in the beginning. I remember looking at myself in the mirror completely naked and thinking about all the things that I used to bitch about and just asking, ‘Why?’ I had someone in my life for a very long time who pointed out all the things that I didn’t feel great about with myself. When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do—lasers and creams and all that stuff—but I’m okay with it. And by the way, there’s nothing wrong with [plastic surgery]. Cardi B has been my inspiration lately. She’s killing it, and she is proud of everything she has done. So there is absolutely zero judgment on my end. I just think for me, it could be my eyes, my round face, my ears, my legs, my scar. I don’t have perfect abs, but I feel like I’m wonderfully made.”

Wind in her sails indeed.