Angela Simmons: ‘Perfect is not perfect, there’s nothing wrong with embracing a roll’

Angela Simmons is a reality star and businesswoman best known for being Rev Run’s daughter, star of Run’s House and current star of Growing Up Hip Hop. From what I’ve seen of her, she’s a pretty unproblematic reality star/hip-hop princess and she’s started and operated many profitable businesses in the fashion and jewelry industries. She’s also something on an Instagram “girl,” with her IGs racking up tens of thousands of like regularly. A few weeks ago, she posted the Instagram above, where she looks cute but also… normal. Not Photoshopped into oblivion, not like she has a cosmetic surgeon on speed dial. This became one of her most popular IGs, and she chatted with Page Six about her body positivity and how there’s nothing wrong with “embracing a roll.”

Angela Simmons loves the skin she’s in. The 32-year-old “Growing Up Hip Hop” star, who recently racked up over 230,000 Instagram likes when she posed in a colorful bikini and shared a powerful message about body positivity, isn’t letting society’s beauty standards stand in her way.

“I do not feel any pressure to look a certain [way] in Hollywood or to be a certain size. I’m gonna be who I am,” Simmons told Page Six Style. “I like to look a certain way — but to look a certain way just for me more than anything. Everyone has body goals, but what’s most important for me is just turning that pressure into my own pressure.”

Continued the mother of one, “I want people to know ‘perfect’ is not perfect. I looked at myself one day and I said, okay, maybe I have cellulite. Maybe I don’t have this perfect body. But I am perfectly healthy and I love myself, so there’s nothing wrong with embracing a roll.”

Simmons said she’s been using her Peloton bike often during quarantine — “I miss the gym, but hey!” — and indulging in her favorite treats. “Italian food and pasta is my weakness,” she shared.

[From Page Six]

Yeah, I’m just using this as a jumping off point to talk about body image! I find it inspiring when women post these kinds of photos where their bodies look normal – a little bit of chonk, a little roll, a little cellulite, it happens. I’d much rather see a realistic body in a bikini than someone who’s surgically remade their body to Barbie proportions. Also, I feel like A LOT of us are going to need to get on the “embracing the roll” train because this quarantine/lockdown has been rough. I’ve gained weight – not as much as I thought I would – and it is what it is. I’m embracing my rolls.

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  1. shanaynay says:

    I have plenty of roles, and I’m ready to embrace them.

  2. frenchtoast says:

    You can be fit without plastic surgery. It’s called sport and good nutrition, it’s not rocket science.

    I had no idea she had son in the meantime. It explains why her body has changed…she was never goals anyway. Even in her pre-pregnancy bikini shots you can see she has cellulite.

    • Cherry says:

      Uhh, judgmental much? Way to miss the point, frenchtoast…

    • T says:

      Sure, good nutrition and exercise are important for health, but even people committed to both might not be described as “goals”. There are also plenty of reasons as to why people can’t exercise – illness, injury, etc.

      FYI: Healthy bodies look different. Some might have cellulite, and that’s OK. I really hate snark about women’s bodies.

    • Tina says:

      Even pre pregnancy her body isn’t goals? To each their own but that’s rude as hell. Posting this in a body positivity post is irony in itself but ok

    • frenchtoast says:

      btw I was referring to the author’s statement:
      “I’d much rather see a realistic body in a bikini than someone who’s surgically remade their body to Barbie proportions.” A toned, fit body is achievable even without plastic surgery.

      • Call_me_al says:

        frenchtoast, (1) Dude how old are you
        (2) do you care for children or elders
        (3) do you have a full-time job requiring you to sit
        (4) are you human
        These are all factors to consider in helping you understand how being for us difficult for some

      • frenchtoast says:

        @Call_me_al What???
        I didn’t negate anyone’s experience by saying it’s totally possible to be fit without plastic surgery. And celebrities like this Angela girl who make profit off of their image, have all the money and ressources available to them to achieve their goals.

  3. OriginalLala says:

    Honestly, at first I was worried I would gain a ton of weight during lockdown, but then several of my family members in Montreal got the virus and it looks like a few of them are now dying and it’s been truly awful. My weight (which weirdly hasn’t gone up by much) is the least important thing in my life right now. I think many of us are slowly realising this.

  4. Lotus says:

    She looks fit and healthy but more importantly she seems to have a wonderfully healthy view of her body which I cant imagine is easy being in the public eye. I wish more celebrities were like her.

  5. Chelle says:

    She has what I call just body. Not overly exercised. Not overly chunked. Not unnaturally thin. Just body. And that’s all right.

    Related/unrelated: Sometimes
    when I look at movies from the 70s I see stars who were just body. Dope as clothes but just body. Long waists. Short waists. Big boobs. Small boobs. Jeans outlining the male package. Pants showing unflattering asses. Etc. etc. But just body. And they rocked it. Sure, there were the Karen Carpenters (and still are) but I wish we could all just be content in our variance and just love our bodies no matter the shape or fat distribution. And just rock it. Whatever it is.

    • laura-j says:

      Yeah I’m not seeing anything but a normal looking woman. I was watching an 80s movie last night same thing… yeah they were thin but not toned to death. I miss that too.

  6. MMC says:

    Eh, body positivity is the new trendy thing to talk about. And call me cynical but people with conventionally perfect bodies with teeny tiny rolls using it for self promotion just annoys me.

  7. pamspam says:

    Listen…I have more than a l’il chonk and a far from perfect shape and know what I plan to do as soon as it’s safe? Nude beaches. And I cannot WAIT.