Haters, take note: Don’t mess with Dove Cameron.
The 23-year-old actress stood up to her critics this week after being judged for sharing braless selfies.
It all started on Wednesday when the Descendants star posted a photo of herself in which followers could see her nipples through her white tank top.
“Women HAVE a history that has been systematically suppressed,” she captioned the image. “Our collective spirituality has largely been tainted to fit the needs of men and those in power. This has a profound effect on the self-esteem of girls and the women they become. This influence can be seen in their life choices, partners and financial security for the rest of their lives. It also has an effect on the way their future partners will view them—and ultimately treat them. Our girls deserve better. The time to introduce feminism and woman-centered spirituality to ALL children is now.”
She then shared a similar photo along with a quote about this being the “age of the ascendant Feminine Principle.”
“In such times as these, women are able to look at themselves with new concepts of value and brilliance,” the quote read. “However, you inhabit and express being Woman, embrace yourself in that way today!”
Some people were inspired by her message.
“Feeling empowered w/ no bra on rn bc of this,” one follower wrote.
“Take ur f–king bra off if you want,” the actress replied. “Don’t hide your natural body. People are weird. Just because it’s the ‘the norm’ now to be ashamed of nipples or your period doesn’t mean they are actually bad or embarrassing??? Women’s bodies are the literal coolest. Anyone who tells you to hide it slut-shames you or puts you down because of your gender can f–k RIGHT off. And I would say we should sit and explain it to them, but really, who has the time? Enjoy your life and empower others.”
However, not everyone felt this way.
“How is wearing a shirt showing your nipples being a role model?” one commenter wrote. “I am a parent, my daughter and I have been huge fans of yours, but I don’t see this as inspirational to my daughter’s growth at all.”
“Wear a bra,” wrote another follower.
Still, the celeb defended herself and her supporters.
“This is being a role model,” she wrote in response to a separate commenter. “This is exactly being a role model.”
Others, however, didn’t understand why these posts were getting so much attention in the first place.
“I just don’t understand how people find this empowering or inspiring,” wrote one commenter. “Like, she’s not wearing a bra, it’s really not that [deep].”
“I agree with you in the sense that it is not that deep. Or groundbreaking whatsoever. Or anything really to talk about,” Cameron replied. “But it’s only a big deal because this society is so beyond backwards that they have demonized basic anatomy and are very! up ! in arms! about female bodily freedom. They’re confused and loud about it. So, technically, it’s not a big deal and it shouldn’t be, and the idea behind posting something like this is to normalize it. Because a lot of girls feel confused about their bodies and what it means to be a woman (in a surface way, on this specific subject, about sexuality and men and who their body belongs to bc of long-lasting systemic repression). So, it’s cool to be like, it’s whatever. Embrace yourself. Don’t hide, if you wanna, and wear a bra, if you wanna. But don’t hide to avoid the backlash. Because you don’t deserve to have a–holes giving you s–t about Your Body.”
Cameron isn’t the only celeb who’s stood up to social media critics. To see other stars who’ve clapped back after being criticized about their body, see the gallery below:
Clearly, they don’t have any time for negativity.