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Women's bodies are consistently judged and picked apart, but especially plus-size women

In the latest eye-roll-inducing news, Adele recently made headlines for her weight loss. Many outlets are using language that suggests that the talented singer is more attractive now that she's looking thinner but, clearly, they haven't been keeping up with the gorgeous Brit. Not only has Adele always been beautiful, but she's always been an incredibly talented performer, wickedly funny, and a hardcore Beyoncé stan (which makes her a winner in my eyes). 

The comments, tweets, and articles had Adele's fans rightfully frustrated, and they sparked a debate about body positivity and how society judges women's bodies. 

Adele was partying it up for the holidays and looked beautiful as always. But her new photos drew criticism. 

The powerhouse vocalist celebrated Christmas with the Grinch in an elegant satin dress. The 31-year-old got so many compliments on the picture because she was looking amazing and clearly feeling herself. Some people, however, began commenting on her weight. Ugh. 

The singer has undoubtedly lost some weight, but that shouldn't be why people are calling her beautiful.

"I used to cry, but now I sweat," Adele started her caption, clearly referencing her new gym life. Hopefully, Adele's new look is all about feeling her best. And it definitely shouldn't be met with commentary from anyone else. Fans are mostly frustrated that it took these photos to get others to see Adele for the beauty icon she is. 

I think it's pretty clear that the Londoner has always been beautiful. 

Anyone who is just now seeing Adele as a beauty icon obviously hasn't been paying attention. Granted, those complimenting Adele's weight loss are doing so out of a positive place, but are ignorant to the fact that it perpetuates a problematic idea for beauty standards and what women should strive for. 

The always thoughtful and active Jameela Jamil had something to say about the comments. 

Jamil tweeted, "Adele was beautiful before. Is beautiful now. Will be beautiful WHATEVER THE[redacted] weight she will be in the future. The weight of a global icon trending is a sign there is still work to do in how we value women in 2020. Being thinner doesn’t add to her value. She was born [100]." 

Obviously the fact that Adele's body was even a trending topic proves that we are still obsessed with antiquated beauty standards that need to be smashed. 

It's such a step backward in the body-positivity movement. 

"Celebrating Adele's weight loss is a garbage thing to do for a million reasons. Here are two: 1. It tells your fat friends you think their bodies are a problem to be solved. 2. The weight loss could be the result of physical or mental health struggles. Weird to cheer about!" wrote Audra Williams. 

Adele officially filed for divorce in September 2019, so some people are concerned that her weight loss could be coming from a negative place. 

Even Roxane Gay, feminist icon, piped in. 

"Adele has always been gorgeous. Y’all tell on yourselves by thinking she somehow looks better now," the famed author wrote. "I don’t care that she has lost weight. I’ve lost weight! If she is happy, I am happy for her. My point here is crystal clear. Sit with it and have a Merry Christmas."

Let's move on from the Grammy-winning singer's looks and get to listening to her incredible three albums.