Sam Smith has gradually learned to accept and love themselves, and above all, to convey it, despite the society’s rejection that pursues them everywhere; they are determined to defend their freedom and leave behind the appearances and falsehoods that no longer match their style.
The British singer is considered one of the best of today; however, many people continue to overlook their talent, focusing on two things: their body and sexual identity. This was just shown after Sam Smith shared some photos they posed for with The Perfect Magazine, which is actually fabulous, and we should talk about them.
Sam Smith and His Photos in The Perfect Magazine
Recently, Sam Smith posed for some photos for The Perfect Magazine, which were not exactly well-received because they are not what we are used to seeing in a magazine. And that’s okay. That’s the point: freedom. The singer simply put aside appearances since it represents a hug to their body and their naturalness.
Sam Smith posed as they truly are, free, authentic, confident, and natural, a triumphant queer statement of joy and confidence, once again demonstrating that hate comments are not going to change who they are. On the contrary, he has simply shown us how he embraces, accepts, and values themselves, despite having had to face an exhausting fight against discrimination and various phobias.
The British musician has been the victim of ridicule and hatred from the most conservative sectors; they have had to endure everything from derogatory comments on social media to physical assaults on the street while walking. However, Sam Smith is not going to give up and continues to work on their self-love, which now includes not hiding from anything or anyone.
Do Queerphobia and Fatphobia Exist?
Yes, and more than we imagine. Users have expressed their discomfort at seeing Sam Smith with a different body than he had a few years ago, especially wearing extravagant clothes. What’s wrong with that? Nothing, really, but much of society believes that the singer, and no one else, can wear them if they are plus-size or look feminine in the case of men.
Kindness towards different body types is scarce, although positive representations of them are being worked on, slowly but increasingly safely, although it has not been well-received by the rest of the viewers because they do not leave that frame of traditional images with bodies without imperfections and unnatural.
Public rejection of queer joy is also a phobia and a problem; Sam Smith went from wearing suits and shirts to dresses, corsets, stockings, heels, and sequins, and this has caused viewers not to take them seriously as an artist, as if their gender expression were not important in their comfort and their own freedom.
Sam Smith and His Valuable Lessons on Self-Love
Fortunately, Sam Smith has learned to deal with hate elegantly, through music and, of course, without ceasing to be who they are. The musician has opened their heart to talk about self-love and self-esteem in their lyrics, and what better than that; it has been a broad battle to reach this point of fulfillment, but they have shown that they are freer than ever, and we cannot be prouder of that.
Story originally written in Spanish by Kate Nateras in Cultura Colectiva.