Meghan Trainor has made a huge statement regarding body image. The All About That Bass singer removed the video for her single Me Too from Vevo after noticing that her waist had been Photoshopped to appear slimmer.
The 22-year-old was furious to learn that the video had premiered via Vevo on 9 May without her permission and ordered her management to take the clip down. Explaining her reasoning, Trainor said in a series of Snapchat posts: "It's still one of my favourite videos I've ever done, I'm very proud of it. My waist is not that teeny, I had a bomb waist that night, I don't know why they didn't like my waist. I didn't approve that video and it went out to the world so I'm embarrassed."
Hours later, Trainor discussed the controversy further during an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, saying: "I love this video so much and I was so upset because I thought the fans were doing it online... I called the gods of Vevo and I said take that down now. But I fixed it and approved a new version." According to Trainor, the new and improved visuals will debut on 10 May.
The Dear Future Husband singer has been praised by fans for promoting a healthy body image and for encouraging young women to embrace their body shapes. In a tweet, one supporter said: "Think it's pretty awesome @Meghan_Trainor yanked her new video down bc they photoshopped her waist! Good for her. Healthy body image, baby!" Another chimed in: "Major kudos to @Meghan_Trainor for pulling her new music video today because they photoshopped her & she's sick of it. Way to keep it real!"
One commentator who is not particularly a fan of Trainor's was also impressed by her audacity, admitting: "I hate Meghan Trainor but I have so much respect for her for taking down her video because of how much they photoshopped her." IBTimes UK has reached out to Vevo for comment.
Since her arrival on the pop scene in 2014, Trainor has become the face of body confidence. Her debut single All About That Bass includes the lyrics: "Yeah, it's pretty clear, I ain't no size two/ But I can shake it, shake it, like I'm supposed to do." "I see the magazines working that Photoshop/ We know that s**t ain't real, come on, now make it stop." She also sings: "Yeah, my momma she told me don't worry about your size/ She says, boys like a little more booty to hold at night."