Watch out world, I’m grown now… I’M GROWN!
Chloe Bailey has arguably been the star of social media in 2021. The sister duo “Chloe x Halle” may not have split up, but in 2021 their social media accounts are. And although not a competition Chloe has surpassed her sister in the follower department more than likely for the major difference in content. Because of what looks like a “freer” approach from Chloe, some explicit content has recently surfaced and Chloe is (once again) coming forward to address it.
Ever since Chloe stepped foot on social media solo she’s had the eyes and attention of a vast amount of the population. Her Instagram account is two seconds away from breaking the 3 million mark while her Twitter and TikTok both are soon to hit 1 million.
Her social media presence has blessed fans with looks, fashion, beauty, and talent all in one. Intermixed with her content and beauty, her sexuality and freedom also come along hand-in-hand to play. Call it risky. Call it racy. Call it class. Whatever you want to label it, Chloe Bailey is a young 22-year-old woman who is unashamed to explore her womanhood, and it shows.
Yet, with all of that coupled with fame and notoriety, criticism will always find a way to find its way in the door. Add social media and the opinions of all that live there, it is inevitable. Chloe has more than likely faced some sort of backlash along with her sister for their music, visuals, acting, and whatever they choose to place their hands in for potential domination.
Doing it on your own is a different type of monster when you are used to having someone by your side to help deal with the blows of social media. Chloe is now seeing that firsthand.
The latest album from the sisterly duo is the critically acclaimed “Ungodly Hour”. While younger sister Halle’s Instagram takes on a more demure approach than her sister’s (perhaps in part to her gearing up for the “Little Mermaid” remake… although be clear, Halle shows some skin on her page, embracing her budding womanhood as well), out of the two, Chloe’s page at any time could lead you to said hour.
The #BussItChallenge, #SilhouetteChallenge, #WalkChallenge, and a few others have been demolished by the “Do It” singer. Her presence and posts have garnered tons of praise from her followers, but there are those that have criticized her for posts. But just like her label boss, Beyonce, said best: “You know you that b***h when you cause all this conversation.”
Nevertheless, the backlash caused Chloe to become a bit emotional at one point in an Instagram Live session with her sister. It was then that she began to explain her reasons for expressing herself.
“The thing is you guys just get to see who I really am as a person,” she began. “I’m really grateful for your support and love because it just wouldn’t be right of me to show an image of me that I’m not, like a made-up, clean-cut image of me that I’m not. Inside, I’m such a nerd. I’m not worldly at all. But when I perform, when I make music, and when I dance, that’s when I get to tap into the sexier side of myself.”
As she went on, she tearfully shared that for a long time she has been dealing with insecurities and issues with her self-confidence. However, her social media is where she would like to create a safe space for self-expression and to be free to be one’s self. Many did not know that for a long time she thought she was not “pretty enough” which came with a lot of other issues in the way she saw herself, as she explains. But with her ability to express herself musically and visually, she owns being “bada**”.
“I’m not going to change who I am,” she added. “If I did, I would be a catfish and you all wouldn’t see the real me. I love you all so much that I want to invite you all in and show you who I am. It’s always been a part of me and you all are just now seeing it.”
Chloe then begins to encourage her fellow women not to conform in order to make others feel “comfortable” as she has resolved she will not do so. She then admits, “It’s really hard for me to think of myself as a sexual being or an attractive being, quite frankly. So when I see all the uproar about my posts, I’m a bit confused. I don’t really understand because I’ve never seen myself in that way or in that light.”
Her explanation brought much support from her followers, including actress Megan Good, who has also faced similar criticisms. Speaking with Hello Beautiful in an interview she shared, “It breaks my heart to see her have to go through that. Getting free of what other people think of you is a process. You know, it depends on the person. Depends on how they download things – what it feels like to their spirit – so you can’t just tell them to get over it.”
With words of encouragement, she added, “The truth is these people don’t determine your destiny. These people don’t determine your purpose. They don’t determine the call that God has on your life. The only way for you to continue to walk in that purpose and that destiny and that calling is to be authentically yourself and knowing that along the way, some people are not going to get it and that’s okay.”
Recently, a video found its way to the Internet that depicted the singer in a sexy light as she was dancing to the choreography of the Chloe x Halle song “Do It” where she’s seen dancing in a t-shirt and a thong. Despite any backlash that the video brought on, this time, the singer’s account offers an explanation, but this time she’s laughing.
“Guys that video was literally from may 2020 of me rehearsing the do it choreo alone in my room having fun wanted to show bts content,” she tweeted. “I stay up to 3-4 am sometimes just rehearsing in my room.”
We are not mad!