Over the weekend, Alicia Keys attempted to post an "inspiring" message of body positivity on Twitter and Instagram — but it completely backfired.
The singer posted a photo of a bikini-clad Marilyn Monroe across her social media platforms. She captioned the image, "Real bodies = gorgeous."
Keys' caption was literally three words long, but her followers still found issue with her wording choice — namely, her use of the phrase "real bodies."
It seemed like Keys was trying to pit one type of body against other body types.
Fans were also disappointed that Keys used a photo of Monroe to represent these allusive "real bodies."
Basically, using Monroe as the poster child for "real bodies" is like taking a photo of Kim Kardashian — a person who fits the modern-day body "ideal" — and captioning it, "Real bodies = gorgeous."
It's not that Monroe's body isn't gorgeous — it is.
But using a photo of someone whose body is generally admired by society's standards (and who likely altered her appearance to fit these standards) isn't exactly groundbreaking body positivity.
Keys' followers reminded her that ALL bodies are beautiful.
But instead of addressing the backlash, Keys simply decided to upload another "definition" of what it means to be gorgeous.
But this time, she focused on the mind rather than physical appearances.