‘Backstabber’ singer Kesha has spoken out against the music industry’s standards of beauty today, doing so in a piece penned for ‘Elle’ magazine following her stint in rehab.
Revealing that she felt unable to control her eating disorder with Pop’s spotlight on both she and her music, the singer took to the magazine as part of her return to the scene, calling on the entertainment industry to do away with unrealistic body ideals.
Her words below…
Sure, I’ve written songs about partying, but my dirty little secret is that I’m actually incredibly responsible.I take my music and career very seriously, and certainly didn’t land in this situation from partying. But I was cut off from the outside world and I imagined people making up stories at a time when what I really needed was support.
The music industry has set unrealistic expectations for what a body is supposed to look like, and I started becoming overly critical of my own body because of that.I felt like people were always lurking, trying to take pictures of me with the intention of putting them up online or printing them in magazines and making me look terrible.
I felt like a liar, telling people to love themselves as they are, while I was being hateful to myself and really hurting my body. I wanted to control things that weren’t in my power, but I was controlling the wrong things. I convinced myself that being sick, being skinny was part of my job. It felt safer somehow.
“I knew I was ready to leave when I’d gained enough confidence to get on a plane knowing there would be paparazzi at the airport at the other end. I was right — they were there. But this time, when I saw the pictures, I felt OK.