Nobody is perfect, but when it comes to celebrities, each and every part of their bodies is looked at under a magnifying glass, especially when it comes to women. Too fat or too skinny, they are never good enough for mean journalists and critics or anonymous trolls on social media. But our favorite celebrities won’t let the body-shamers win. They love their bodies just the way they are and they inspire their fans to follow their lead.
Here at Bright Side we believe that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and we want to tell you about these 15 celebrity women who are embracing their bodies and inspiring us to do the same.
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Before she got her iconic role in Friends, Jennifer Aniston, who was hardly ever fat, was ordered to lose 30 lbs. Her agent told her that if she wanted to stay in Hollywood, she had to become thinner. Years afterward, Jennifer confessed that she is tired of the constant body shaming. In her candid article she writes: “For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism.’ The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing.”
We all know how drastically a woman’s body can change after childbirth. Kristen Bell is a bright example of a woman who accepted all of her body changes and didn’t allow herself lose sleep over the weight. The actress believes that being too obsessed with weight gain after having a baby can ruin those precious months after childbirth. Body shamers are definitely not worth it. “I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size,” adds Kristen.
When Anna Paquin wore a dress with a long loose sun-shaped skirt for a red carpet event, she got a ton of comments saying she was probably pregnant or had gained some extra weight. In her Twitter, the actress fought back against the “critics”: “Fun fact: Wearing a dress that is not skintight invites people to call you pregnant or fat. I’m neither so thanks for that.” Previously Anna also confessed that she has faced body shaming in Hollywood where it seems to be necessary to fit into the frame of a thin woman.
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Lady Gaga often receives backlash over her body shape. However, she seems to be very confident in herself, and that’s the message she tries to get across. “I heard my body is a topic of conversation, so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions,” she wrote in her post.
Kelly Clarkson learned how to ignore the nasty comments about her body and appearance, and she doesn’t take them too close to her heart. This is what Kelly is trying to get across to her fans: it’s important to love yourself and be comfortable in your own skin, no matter what people say. “I’m not perfect. I’m far from perfect. I’ve never been and I’m OK with that,” says Kelly.
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The star of Pretty Little Liars was faced with body shaming after she happened to gain some extra weight due to a hormonal imbalance. In her Instagram post she wrote: “We live in such a judgmental society that puts every kind of flaw, including weight gain, in the same category. And for those of you who are struggling with any health problem, hormone imbalance, and weight gain of any sort, I urge and encourage you to please deal with it in a healthy manner. YOU and YOUR health are what matters, not anyone else’s opinions and assumptions of you.”
In 2019 Tyra Banks posed for a Sports Illustrated cover in a bikini. Her main aim was to fight against age and body-related stereotypes and remind the world that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. “There is this stereotype that only a 20-year-old woman in a bikini is hot. Like once we reach a certain age, we are no longer desirable,” Tyra said. “But I want to show that modeling has no age. I’m coming out of retirement to practice what I preach.”
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Jennifer Lawrence looks just amazing, but can you imagine that she’s considered “fat” in Hollywood? The actress, who has faced body shaming so many times, is sure that body shaming in mass media should be considered illegal. “The media needs to take responsibility for the effect it has on our younger generation, on these girls who are watching these television shows, and picking up how to talk and how to be cool. If we’re regulating cigarettes and curse words because of the effect they have on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”
Jennifer Lopez is one of those celebrity women who had to fight for their curves. Just like many other singers and actresses, at the beginning of her career she was pressured to lose weight. “They kept telling me to lose weight, and I was a dancer and I was athletic and even my manager at the time was telling me, ’You need to lose weight. You need to be thinner,’” she recollects. “I was like, ’No I don’t. If I lose any more weight it won’t be me.’”
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Jessica Simpson is also no stranger to dealing with nasty comments on her fluctuating body weight after childbirth. But no matter which trolls or press attacked her, she wouldn’t let herself worry about that. “I never listen to it, no matter who the press talks about when I’m pregnant. It’s ridiculous and unfair. I think any woman who is pregnant and creating a life is pretty much entitled to eat whatever she wants as long as she’s healthy,” says Jessica.
Throughout her modeling career, Ashley Graham has continued to prove, with her own example, that we should stop living according to outdated stereotypes. When Ashley posts workout videos she often receives comments like “Why would you workout? You’ll lose the fat that made you famous.” Here’s the model’s response: “For the record — I workout to: stay healthy, feel good, get rid of jet lag, clear my head, show big girls we can move like the rest of ’em, stay flexible and strong, have more energy. I don’t work out to lose weight or my curves, because I love the skin I’m in.”
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Melissa has been faced with body-related criticism throughout her long career, and she knows how to deal with it right. After a film critic said she was “tractor-sized,” Melissa replied: “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”
Demi Lovato embraces her body the way it is, and she is not afraid of those nasty shape-related comments. Why? Here’s her reply: “I don’t look at the criticism anymore. If somebody calls me fat, even in a vulnerable moment, I laugh to myself and think, I’m doing everything I can, so there’s nothing I can do about it. I don’t have a 6-pack. Maybe I don’t even want a 6-pack. It doesn’t sound very appealing.”
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Extra weight is not the only reason that celebrities get criticized. Emma Stone has trolls criticizing her because she is “too skinny” in their opinion. Emma is sure it’s high time we stop shaming each other and love ourselves the way we are. “I firmly believe that nothing really affects you or can really bother you if you don’t already feel that way about yourself. I’ve seen a lot of comments that say, ’Eat a sandwich,’ or ’She looks sick.’ I’ve been looking at myself in the mirror, being mean to myself. I’m not sick. I eat sandwiches. I’ve shamed myself for it. We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”
Selena’s fight with lupus and other related health issues caused her weight to fluctuate recently, and that’s when she faced a lot of body shaming on social media. But this strong young woman is not here to put up with the hatred hidden behind nicknames. “The beauty myth — an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern women in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty. I choose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone,” she wrote in one of her posts.