Selena Gomez Didn’t Cover Up Her Transplant Scars While Wearing A Bikini And There Is So Much Self-Love In That Decision

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When it comes to bikini season, few women in today’s social media age have missed the memo that the world wants us to be flawless. Around this time of year, ads amp up their efforts to hawk all types of fitness programs, laser treatments, and creams that boast of abilities that can help us secure “perfect bikini body.” All while spurning the fact that the only thing women need in order to flaunt a perfect bikini body is cute swimwear.

Over the weekend, Selena Gomez proved that she is ready for bathing suit season— scars and feminine beauty ideals be damned.

While vacationing in Australia, Gomez was photographed rocking a bikini and her transplant complication scar.

The scar captured in the photo runs along the inside of the singer’s right thigh and is likely the one that was made by her doctors after a kidney transplant. Last year, Gomez revealed to fans that she had endured two life-saving surgical procedures just a few months earlier. The first took place during the summer after a medication used to treat her Lupus disease caused her kidneys to shut down. Soon after the surgery, Gomez underwent a second emergency procedure when the kidney she had received flipped inside of her.

“A few hours after our surgery, I woke up and had a text from her that said, ‘I’m really scared,'” Francia Raisa, Gomez’s friend, and kidney donor, told W. “They had to take her into emergency surgery and get a vein from her leg and build a new artery to keep my kidney in place. She could have died.”

These days, it seems that if any celebrity ought to know about the beauty of a battle scar its the “Wolves” singer.

I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of. So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health. I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery. And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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In the months since her surgical procedures, Gomez has been open about the gratitude and love she has felt for the support and love her friends and fans. Particularly when it comes to her friend Raisa who made the decision to donate her kidney to Gomez voluntarily, with zero questions asked.

“She [Francia Raisa] volunteered and did it—and let alone somebody wanting to volunteer, it is incredibly difficult to find a match. The fact that she was a match, I mean, that’s unbelievable. That’s not real,” Gomez said in an interview about her experience. “As soon as I got the kidney transplant, my arthritis went away, my lupus is about a 3 to 5 percent chance it’ll ever come back, my blood pressure is better, my energy, my life has been better.”

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