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Toxic TikTok trends that need to be done away with

It feels impossible at times to avoid any toxic TikTok trends on your FYP (for you page) that concern diet, weight gain, weight loss, body positivity, or straight-up body shaming.

TikTok users need to take the time to understand the implications of the trends they’re posting or commenting on, especially if these trends are toxic and can have a lasting impact on a viewer’s wellbeing.

Trigger Warning: Mention of eating disorders and calorie counting.

“Bodies that look like this” 

A person with any body type can promote body positivity. However, individuals with beauty-standard features tend to drown out the voices of those who don’t meet these arbitrary standards.

One current trend that uses audio with the words, “bodies that look like this, also look like this,” reveals this pattern. 


💗 #OurType#normalizenormalbodies#bodypositivity#bodyimage#bodyneutrality#bodyconfident#edrecovery#midsize#size6#size8#confident

♬ bodies that look like this also look like this – skinner 🌙

These TikToks consist of people, usually women, showing themselves in Insta-worthy poses, only to switch into positions that reveal their “imperfections,” like showing their stomach rolls when sitting. Some have found these TikToks encouraging.

However, there is a near-unanimous negative response whenever a thin person attempts this trend. User @queenavaagain participated by creating a TikTok of herself posing in a bikini. People responded with comments such as “I’m confused.

She looks the same before and after,” and, “this trend is not for you.” These comments emphasize how someone in a privileged position trying to act relatable is counterproductive—some might even say validation-seeking.

When using TikTok, it is necessary that we fully consider how a trend originated, who it is for, and how our participation or lack thereof can support a positive environment on social media. 


#bodiesthatlooklikethis #bodypositivity #swimseason #summer2021 #swimfit

♬ bodies that look like this also look like this – skinner 🌙

If you are on TikTok, chances are that you have heard of Sienna Mae Gomez. She became popular for her confidence and for aiming to promote body positivity.

But lately, she has gotten a lot of backlash. Some TikTok users claim she started using her platform for body positivity irresponsibly after she supposedly lost weight.

In one of her TikToks with the caption “bloating,” she shows her side profile before and after eating a meal. Many TikTok users were quick to point out that there was no real difference in her stomach size. User0187038840 commented, “U used to be more like relatable and now it just seems like u r trying to be the opposite?”  



♬ Exclamation mark – user1471355415026

Anyone can endorse body positivity. But perhaps there is a more sensitive way that people who meet the beauty standard can promote these causes. They should not drown out the voices of those who these trends are intended to support. 


#WhatIEatInADay has been a social media trend for a while now: what I eat in a day to lose weight fast, what I eat in a day as a model, what I eat in a day hungover, what I eat in a day during eating disorder recovery.

I’ve seen TikToks like these since quarantine last spring. Not all users list calories along with the foods they eat, but for those who do (usually to promote weight loss), some of these numbers are alarmingly low.

Some users include trigger warnings, but not everyone. Regardless, of this trend, there’s a delicate balance between promoting a healthy relationship with food and endangering this relationship.

For example, some people in eating disorder recovery post TikToks of themselves eating throughout the day. These users generally intend to help others going through similar experiences.

Brittani Lancaster posts #WhatIEatInADay regularly while in recovery from two eating disorders, and her supporters show their appreciation.

One user, @classiccancercrybaby, commented, “your content has genuinely been the most healing thing in terms of my reconnection with my own body and heart. thank you so deeply for all that you do.”


Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mamas in the world!!

♬ love – imo 🙂

On the other hand, other toxic versions of #WhatIEatInADay can be triggering to those struggling with their body image.

We need to be cognizant of how to best support a body-positive environment. We need to think about how we can accommodate for those living with eating disorders or disordered eating—especially now.

As reported by the National Eating Disorders Association, they received “a spike of more than 70% in the number of calls and online chat inquiries” from 2019 to 2020. The pandemic has instigated a rise in the number of those seeking treatment for eating disorders.

In “Anorexia in the Time of COVID,” Lalita Abhyankkar illuminates that “eating disorders are only partially about body dysmorphia and body image.

They often stem from an attempt to achieve control while in a state of anxiety and uncertainty.” With Abhyankkar’s explanation in mind, one can recognize how the pandemic—undoubtedly a time of “anxiety and uncertainty”—can act as a risk factor for those struggling with body image or eating disorders.

On top of exposure to toxic social media trends and the anxiety of living through a pandemic, many of us have had to work from home in isolation. We limited our grocery runs and over-stocked our kitchens.

And, some of us may have become concerned about our weight when “underweight” and “obese” were considered risks for COVID. All of these anxiety-inducing conditions have acted as risk factors for those susceptible to eating disorders or disordered eating. 

The overlap between COVID and body image has manifested in TikTok. We have seen weight loss, diet, and body image trends recycle incessantly on our FYPs since March 2020.

It is our responsibility to stop participating in these toxic trends. You never know whose mental health and wellbeing you may be jeopardizing. 

Rihanna gives her approval but will a Lizzo collab bless us until ‘R9’ drops?

Newly minted superstar Lizzo performed her hit “Truth Hurts” at the BET Awards on Sunday, complete with a giant wedding cake, bridal attire, and a mid-song flute solo, and the Internet couldn’t help but notice one very enthusiastic fan in the crowd: Rihanna.

That’s right. Rihanna, whose boredom at award shows has been well-documented over the years — the “Needed Me” singer brought a flask to the 2017 Grammy Awards just to get through the thing, and was this bored at the 2013 VMA’s — jumped out of her seat mid-performance and enthusiastically clapped and nodded along.

And you can be sure that Lizzo took note of the superstar’s support.

The mutual respect has fans clamoring for a Rihanna-Lizzo collab.

Even though Rihanna hasn’t released any new music since 2016’s ANTI, and has focused on her extremely popular Fenty makeup, fashion and lingerie lines, her fans still haven’t given up hope.

Rih even jokingly acknowledged her fans’ ceaseless request for more music.


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But on a more serious note in a recent interview with the NYT, she noted that her fans have “haunted” her about releasing new music, stamping “R9” (a reference to what would be her ninth studio album) into her brain.

Luckily for her ravenous navy of music fans, Rihanna has promised the new album in 2019.

Lizzo, meanwhile, has been making music for the last 10 years, but 2019 has proven to be her breakout.

Finally, her exuberant songs, containing messages of body positivity, self-love and confidence– her most famous line is probably “I just took a DNA Test/ Turns out I’m 100% that bitch”– have connected with a mass audience.

Rihanna herself has recently emerged as a figure preaching body positivity, embracing her new “thicc” figure in a history-making British Vogue cover story.

Ahead of her BET Awards performance, Lizzo expressed her excitement about making it to the stage, at a venue that holds a special significance for her.

“This is a big deal to me because I’ve been doing music for a long ass time… But to play for black people, my people… I’ve been making music as a big black woman for big black women. And so now this just shows that my music is finally reaching the black community and I’m just so excited to just share with my people today.”

Similar to Rihanna’s navy, Lizzo’s fans are already demanding new music. She jokingly responded, “I just put out an album! Damn!” However, she did admit, “I’ve been doing something strange for a little piece of change, aka going in the studio and making music.”

Plus, now, we know that Rihanna’s also been in the studio working on R9, judging from this post from her close friend and project manager Jennifer Rosales.


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When tia @badgalriri gives you the first listen 😎. #newmusic

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In the same, wide-ranging NYT interview, Rihanna shot down rumors of collaborating with Lady Gaga and Drake for R9, although she said she’s “not against” working with Gaga.

But she forcefully asserted that she would not be releasing a song with her on-and-off love Drake “anytime soon.”

She’s also been tight-lipped about her progress, the album’s genre (is it reggae?) and even its title. But one thing’s for sure, we need to hear Rihanna and Lizzo on a song together.

If not on R9, maybe on R10 — or maybe on Lizzo’s next smash.

doja cat with new tattoo

Shoutout Doja Cat, incredibly talented artist & THICC body positivity queen

Doja Cat’s rise to fame came about due to her hilarious “Mooo!” YouTube video which featured equal parts comedy, parody and sexy dancing in a cow outfit.

In a world where fake thicc bodies reign supreme Doja Cat has proven to be a loud body positivity voice.

In a Vlad TV interview, Doja Cat expresses how commentary on her body especially her boobs has been consistent.

She states that people will often claim that her boobs are fake especially in the “Mooo!” video. At the same time, they’ll also call her flat-chested in other photos.

But what really tops these remarks is calling her breasts “saggy” in a photo she posted to Instagram. Doja Cat responds to these comments saying they hurt but she wouldn’t have posted that photo if she cared what people thought.

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Doja Cat has a long list of instances of her promoting a body positive and sex-positive message. With singles that center around female pleasure and being eaten out like “Go To Town” which was first released in March 2018.

While highlighting the importance of vaginal health but also the reality of healthy vulvas, Doja Cat is not shy about communicating what she and many women want.

“And it’s clean but, messy like a pizza. Spend time on the donkey, even though I yeehaw.”

If “Go To Town” wasn’t enough of a body positive song for you, her “Tia Tamera” feat. Rico Nasty single released Feb. 20, is a song about her love of boobies.

Doja Cat says in a Genius Official Lyrics & Meaning Video that “The song Tia Tamera was based all around boobs. When you think about titties, like you think about twins because that’s like a word for titties.”

“I am the big idea. My twins big like Tia. My twins big like Tia, Tamera (Uh, wait). Tia, Tamera (Uh, wait). Tia, Tamera (Uh, wait). Tia, Tamera”

The song also features more body positivity with lyrics like,

“Thick in the thigh. Thick in the waist. Thick in the right motherfucking places”

But perhaps her largest body positive anthem is “Juicy” released on March 1 on the Deluxe Version of her debut album Amala. With lyrics like,

“I keep it juicy juicy, I eat that lunch (Yeah). She keep that booty booty, she keep that plump (Yeah yeah). That natural beauty beauty, yeah, yeah. If you could see it from the front, wait ’til you see it from the back, back, back, back, back.”

The song highlights “real” thick bodies rather than plastic or enhanced thick bodies. Citing “I don’t buy it, where the cellulite?”

And not being afraid to incorporate the word “fat” singing “I’m fit and fat, he live for that.” What tops it all off is Doja Cat’s rendition of the song on COLORS. Doja is in her usual revealing attire that shows off her curvaceous and thicc body without trying to conceal any of Hollywoods usual “impurities.”

A refreshing thicc body anthem, the song has the exact message of body positivity that media needs. Doja Cat is the real thicc body queen inspiring us to love our rolls and saggy boobs.