Last week, Bella Thorne shared a photo of herself posing nude on the cover of GQ Mexico. The caption that accompanied the image is centred around body image and she gets it right up to a certain point. She explained that she asked the magazine not to retouch the photos because she wanted to be honest about her insecurities:
“I have insecurities about pretty much everything. That’s natural and that’s human. You might look at this photo and think ‘oh shush Bella,’ but just know every time someone looks in the mirror, they simply don’t see what everyone else sees. Know that it’s completely normal to feel insecure. If they show my acne scars or a wrinkle in my forehead or my teeth aren’t perfectly white, people will look at the photo and say ‘no, she’s not perfect,’ and usually, most people don’t want the public trashing and I get it, but f*ck it, I’m here to tell you that’s right, I’m not F*CKING PERFECT. I’M A HUMAN BEING AND I’M REAL. So hip hop your asses over the fence and GET OVER IT. @gqmexico.”
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I specifically asked for no re touching on this photo, and lemme tell you I have insecurities, about pretty much everything. That's natural & that's human. You might look at this photo and think oh shush bella, but just know everytime someone looks in the mirror they simply don't see what everyone else sees. Know that it's completely normal to feel insecure and it's accepted. honestly I wish everyone talked more about their insecurities so more people in the world could know they aren't alone. That it's ok. As a public persona you know naturally that everytime you shoot with a magazine there is always small retouching. Cuz yeah if they show my acne scars or a wrinkle in my forehead or my teeth aren't perfectly white, people will look at the photo and say no she's not perfect and usually most people don't want the public trashing and I get it, But fuck it I'm here to tell you that's right I'm not FUCKING PERFECT. IM A HUMAN BEING AND IM REAL. So hip hop your asses over the fence and GET OVER IT. @gqmexico #bellathorneGQ
Given that the photo was for the Mexican edition of the magazine, some took ‘hip hop your asses over the fence’ to be a reference to the U.S.-Mexico border. Others are calling her out over the racial implications of this comment. Some are arguing that the ‘fence’ she referenced was figurative and she wouldn’t be racist because she’s half Cuban.