The “Buss It” challenge and cheeky videos have opened the floodgates for Chloe Bailey to see an uproar on social of people fawning over her body, but also those with criticism over her showing a sexier side.
While answering questions from fans on Instagram Live last night, Bailey shared that her finding ways to feel sexy and sharing them with the world are outlets to exude her newfound self-confidence.
“I feel so sexy when I get to tap into the sexier side of me ’cause all the people who know me personally, I’m really like such a nerd, and I’m really to myself, and I’m really, really shy. So it is like, it’s honestly taken a lot for me to show the world what I kind of like really am inside,” she explains in a video as tears welled up in her eyes. “When I perform, and when I make music that’s when I get to tap into the sexier side of myself, and that’s where I find my confidence.”
The 22-year-old revealed that loving her curves and seeing her body as beautiful has been a work in progress. Only recently has she found the confidence to share all the aspects of who she really is with the world.
“I’ve been like really insecure for a long time, and I’m finally like at that place where I have self-confidence. And I’m really happy that I get to share that with you all and I think it’s so important and so special when a Black woman can be strong and stand in her power in every single way. You know, I do it musically with my songwriting, with my producing, and I feel so badass. And I get the same feeling when I dance in my room, when I just own who I am and my body. And for so long I used to think I was like fat, and like I used to hate my stretch marks and my cellulite,” she said while dabbing falling tears.
Despite the craze from men and women who fawn over her sexy posts, the singer says it’s not about society reaffirming her confidence in her body.
“But it’s like now I really love who I am and I don’t post what I post for validation from anybody or even male attention. It’s just me. … I’m not going to change who I am. If I did I would be a catfish and you all wouldn’t see the real me, that my family sees, that Halle knows.”
Her supporters sounded off on social largely by telling Bailey to continue living her life on her terms.
“Girl you don’t owe nobody no explanation”
“People need to leave her alone because she is happy with herself and that’s all that matters”
“Sis live your life!! These people don’t pay your bills!”