Ke$ha tells body shamers to f*ck off, and you should too | By: Leah Barker

Excuse the language, but let's try to look at the bigger picture here.

After battling an eating disorder and committing herself to rehab for Anorexia and Bulimia, the iconic pop-star posted a summer-y photo of herself on Instagram, captioned “Not a slave to perfection right now. f–k it. ***body shamers, please f–k off. Ain’t nobody got time for it.”

It’s been one tough year for the singer as she came clean about being sexually and verbally assaulted by her music producer since she signed with him at the young age of 18.

Now, at 29-years-old, the singer is opening up while coming to terms with her “imperfections.” It’s already a hard job keeping fans and critics happy, but once her own producer started criticizing her weight, the pressure ruptured into a full-out eating disorder.

“[Her producer] has just always been very disrespectful about her weight,” Ke$ha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, told PEOPLE after her daughter entered treatment. “He’d say it in certain ways like, ‘Why don’t you try running?’ She was doing everything and not getting thin fast enough, and that’s when she first became bulimic.”

Ke$ha also decided to press charges against her producer after over ten years of sexual abuse, and has been unable to record because of her contract.

Worth it?

I think so.

Though the star dazzled her audience with songs about partying and “Brushing [her] teeth with a bottle of Jack,” in the mornings, giving that privilege up for a short amount of time seems much more important than staying silent about sexual abuse and distorted body image. Though she may have seemed like a sex-crazed party animal before coming clean, America is now seeing Ke$ha as a role model for women who have endured the same struggles.

The icon admitted herself into rehab, and even though she was “Terrified and vulnerable,” during her first week, she emerged feeling “Strong enough to admit that I needed help, and strong enough to have faced it head on…. Even I need to be reminded that we are who we are.”

Her story sends a message to all females, encouraging them to take charge of their own lives and their own bodies, even if they are afraid of admitting they need help. Every woman needs a reminder of who they really are from time-to-time, and should learn to respect healthy body image habits that the media seldom portrays.

In her Instagram picture, that’s exactly what Ke$ha does. She emerges victorious from her body-shaming critiques and posts a smiling selfie with her natural body that she was once ashamed of. Now, she’s flaunting it and advocating for women who have suffered, too. And, as you can tell by the headline, she did not lose her foul-mouthed, party loving ways during her journey back to self adoration.

Keep up the good work, Ke$ha!

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