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Haters Tried To Shame Cardi B With Photoshopped Images Of Her At Target And Boy Did She Clap Back

Body shamers gonna hate.

It’s been a brutal start to summer for us all but Cardi B has proved that she continues to thrive. With regular pics of herself flaunting her looks on Instagram, the Dominican rapper has not shied away from sharing images of herself in an array of wigs, her natural locks, or in stringy bikinis.

And while the celebration of her looks should be admired by all, some have opted to attempt to stomp on it all.

Recently, an edited image of Cardi B at Target began circulating on social media.

Earlier this week, pictures of Cardi shopping in Target began to pop up online. The images showed the rapper shopping and wearing exercise gear and people were quick to attempt to “body shame” her for appearing to gain weight. Trolls quickly made their way over to Cardi B’s profile page and accused the artist of editing the bikini pictures that she recently posted on Instagram.

Fortunately, it didn’t take long for Cardi to catch wind of the commotion and defend herself on Instagram by posting more bikini videos.

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In a series of images to her Instagram story, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper shared a video of herself in her underwear and admitted she’d “gained a little weight” while in quarantine. In one picture she replied to trolls by saying “My shorty told me that he like it like that.”

Hours later, Cardi followed up her posts with a bikini video where she hit back at trolls for editing the Target images.

Still upholding her good sense of humor, Cardi put the video on pause and let out a breath joking that she had been holding her stomach because she’d eaten breakfast, lunch, and had some ice cream. “I know y’all ain’t body-shaming me,” she said towards the end of the video. “Now, I know I gained a little weight…it doesn’t matter though, a bitch got lipo money. I got lipo money.”

Cardi has been transparent about the efforts she’s made to enhance her body via surgery in the past.

In May of last year, the rapper was at a performance at the Beale Street Music Festival, when she disclosed to fans that she had recently received liposuction surgery.

Later in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the rapper said that she wanted to be honest and open about her decision to undergo the surgery because she wanted “to explain to people how hard it is to process. I feel like people look at girls on Instagram and go, ‘Oh, they got their lipo done and it was so easy,”‘ she said. “It is just such a long, hard process, almost like the same process as after you give birth to a baby and you see your body change.”

She also took to Instagram Live last year to talk more about her decision to undergo the procedure telling fans about the difficulties involved with juggling recovery and a busy work schedule “I can’t even feel my body, shit hurts.”

A transparent queen with a sense of humor. Gotta love it!

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Selena Gomez Flaunts Kidney Transplant Scar in Bikini Pic, Says “I feel Confident In Who I Am And What I went Through”

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Selena Gomez Flaunts Kidney Transplant Scar in Bikini Pic, Says “I feel Confident In Who I Am And What I went Through”

Selena Gomez won’t hide her scars from the world.

On Thursday, the Mexican American singer-actress posted a photo to Instagram that instantly made headlines. In the photo, she was wearing blue one-piece half-zip bathing suit from her friend’s new swimwear line La’Mariette.

But it wasn’t the bathing suit that turned heads, but the scar that Gomez proudly displayed on her right inner thigh.

In the caption, Gomez opened up about her body-acceptance journey, specifically in regards to the scar she received from emergency surgery after her 2017 kidney transplant surgery.

“When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar,” she wrote in her caption. “I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through…and I’m proud of that. T – Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that…all bodies are beautiful.”

The photo is notable because Gomez’s scar was first captured by paparazzi in 2018 while she was on a boating trip in Australia.

Back then, Gomez didn’t have control over narrative or how her body was presented to the world. But now she does. And a change like that makes all the difference.

Fans immediately praised Gomez’s bravery, adding comments like “You are so strong and powerful” and “Thank you for showing our scars are beautiful and all bodies are beautiful!”

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A sufferer of lupus, Selena Gomez has had a long and difficult health journey. In 2017, she received a kidney transplant from her good friend and fellow Latina, Francia Raísa.

Gomez has previously been candid about how grateful she is to Raísa for saving her life. “My kidneys were just done,” Gomez explained in an interview with The Today Show. “That was it, and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me. [Raísa] volunteered and did it.”

But the scar that Gomez was displaying in her latest Instagram post was actually the result of an emergency follow-up surgery. According to Raisa, shortly after the kidney transplant, Gomez ruptured an artery. Doctors had to rush Gomez to the operating room to remove a vein in her leg and rebuild a new artery in order to keep the kidney in place.

As of now, Gomez’s body has healed, but as she implied in the caption above, she is still in the process of healing from the emotional trauma that comes with health problems. She truly is an inspiration to us all.

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

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The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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