Who is she?
Bebe Rexha is a 31-year-old woman, who is admired by millions of fans around the world. The American singer and songwriter has sold 10 million copies of a single. However, she is still trying to break out in the music industry. Rexha, whose legal name is Bleta Rexha, is from New York City. She is not afraid of speaking out about female empowerment and the toxicity of the entertainment industry to her 10.7 million Instagram followers. In her own life, Rexha readily discusses her experiences of living with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
What does she do?
In recent years, Rexha has continued to build her social platforms. She uses Instagram in particular to call out sexism, ageism and body shaming in the music industry. Rexha on a number of occasions posts unedited photos on Instagram. She uses her own personal experiences and her significant following to speak to children and young adults about the dangers of attempting to imitate unattainable beauty standards. Rexha also paired up with fashion brand, bebe, in 2019. The campaign ‘BEBE LOVES BEBE’ was conceptualized to celebrate the importance of loving and accepting oneself.
Rexha is not the first or only female musician to note the dangers of social media on body perception. However, she is a female musician continuing to spread awareness. Rexha is further doing so at a personal age that the music industry tends to associate with female musicians as being less marketable. When Rexha spoke about struggling to find designers willing to dress her for the Grammys in 2019, people listened to her. She emphasized how people’s bodies are not “one-size-fits-all”, and that is OK. While she is not the only female celebrity to encounter these roadblocks, she adds another perspective to the conversation.
Rexha makes it clear that she will continue to have these conversations. Rexha has also made it clear that she hopes to normalize the expression of one’s individuality and uniqueness. She is not one to shy away from topics that people are conditioned to perceive as shameful.