Sometimes, all it takes is a simple meme to point out the gender disparities in media coverage — just ask Rihanna.
According to Vogue, the “Love on the Brain” singer took to Instagram this week to respond to online body shamers who were criticizing her weight. After one male blogger wrote that her “purportedly fuller figure made her look like she was wearing a ‘sumo suit,'” Vogue says that Rihanna clapped back in the most bad-gal way there is: by “posting before/after shots of rapper Gucci Mane that are ten years and a good 20 pounds apart on Instagram” with a caption that read “If you can’t handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane, you don’t deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane.”
In posting the meme, Vogue offers that Rihanna is shedding light on the fact that “men rarely need to defend their bodies” in the way that women constantly do.
Let’s hope that Rihanna starts a chain-reacton of letting people of all sizes own and love their bodies as they are — and without criticism.