Victoria Monét has opened up to fans on several occasions showing her vulnerability and candid emotions. Recently, she took to Instagram to share her journey with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and how it has affected her body.

“Welp… I gained a lot of weight and it went a lot of places lol face, arms, tummy and most effectively… datassss,” she said in a heartfelt post.

Despite the challenges PCOS presents, she maintained a positive outlook, humorously noting, “at least now there’s two moons on the stage.”

Battling PCOS

According to the Office on Women’s Health, PCOS affects around 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. It’s characterized by hormonal imbalances that can lead to irregular periods and cyst formation on the ovaries. For Monét, this condition has been a part of her journey, prompting her to embrace her body’s changes.

Monét’s openness about her PCOS journey echoes the sentiments of other Black celebrities who have shared their experiences. Keke Palmer, in a December 2020 Instagram post, spoke about her own battle with PCOS, highlighting the importance of self-awareness and advocacy in managing the condition.

PCOS can also increase risks of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease in Black women, according to the National Library of Medicine. This highlights the importance of awareness and proactive management strategies, such as lifestyle changes and medication.

Despite the challenges posed by PCOS, Monét continues to thrive in her career and personal life. Earlier this year, she made waves at the Grammy Awards. She took home three wins and celebrated alongside her daughter, Hazel, who made history as the youngest nominee.

Monét’s journey serves as an inspiration. She reminds women that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes regardless of your struggles.