No matter what we do to look best in the eyes of everyone else, there is and will always be something to criticize, whether it is about our bodies, our looks, or attitude and whether we like it or not. Even famous celebrities are not exempt.
“There is no business like show business,” as the famous saying goes. Indeed, being in the entertainment industry is no joke. Despite their glitzy fame and huge paychecks, they are still human after all; only they carry the weight of public pressure over their shoulders.
All famous celebrities are expected to be perfect and squeaky-clean in the eyes of everyone. But nobody is perfect, and everyone commits mistakes. It is just a matter of handling the situation and taking responsibility.
Celebrities are constantly watched closely for any interesting scoop about their lives. One little slip and they will end up in the next day’s entertainment or tabloid news. However, instead of turning a deaf ear, some celebrities chose to speak their minds against critics, albeit through different ways. Among these resilient celebrities who deserve a *slow clap* for standing up for themselves are the following.
15 Jennifer Aniston
The Friends star has able to stay on top of the celebrity A-list, thanks to her rockin’ body that does not seem to age and the memory of that iconic hairstyle she brought to the mainstream in the '90s. She is 49 this year and still looking stunningly younger. She first became popular in the TV series Friends, where she played as a Rachel Greene. She also played in several movies as main female character, including Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Horrible Bosses and The Good Girl.
Aniston always dealt with some hate, but she decided to go head-to-head with critics who started rumors that she was pregnant. In her Huffington Post essay, she addressed her pregnancy issue, and also the media, who she accused of tolerating the act of shaming.
Part of her powerful essay read: “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 'First Amendment' and 'celebrity news.'"
She added: “We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone. Let’s make that decision for ourselves and for the young women in this world who look to us as examples.”
14 Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne started modeling when she was 10 years old. In 2009, she became a part of Storm Model Management for a year, which is known for their iconic faces such as Cindy Crawford and Kate Moss.
She catapulted to fame when she was scouted by Christopher Bailey, former Chief Creative Officer of Burberry. She modeled and walked for various popular brands and fashion labels including Chanel, Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, Carolina Herrera, Dolce and Gabbana Louis Vuitton and Rag & Bone.
This clapback all started when model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne posted via Twitter that she is about “to do something incredibly exciting.” That post actually pertained to her Uganda trip to meet refugees from South Sudan.
Out of nowhere, a random Twitter user, who goes by the name of “BradTheLadLong” commented rather unpleasantly on Delevingne’s tweet. It read: “hopefully an interview for a real job.” The said tweet also attacked Cara’s appearance and her trademark eyebrows which she “can’t cash in…forever.”
Cara retorted by replying, “You are just another thirsty man who puts people down for attention on twitter and who thinks that looks are all that's important.” She even encouraged the user to “do something for the world, period!”
“BradTheLadLong’s” Twitter page has since been deleted.
13 Kelly Clarkson
This year, Kelly Clarkson joined The Voice as one of the judges along with Adam Levigne, Blake Shelton, and Alicia Keys. She is enjoying the new role and will definitely have so much to offer as she has been a contestant herself, before her rise to fame.
However, the American Idol’s first episode became a subject of a nasty tweet by columnist Katie Hopkins. Apparently, Hopkins took to Twitter about Clarkson’s appearance by posting:
“What happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happily I have wide-screen.”
Back in June 2014, Clarkson gave birth to a baby girl named River Rose with husband Brandon Blackstock. Hopkins went on by posting tweets, including: “If you had a baby a year ago, that is not baby weight. It is fat. Quit calling it cute names to make yourself feel better.”
Yep, that's harsh.
To which Clarkson responded in one of her interviews: “She's tweeted something nasty about me? That's because she doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me. It's a free world. Say what you will."
Kelly is not at all affected by comments about her. She is happy with her body. However, she is concerned about her younger fans and how it might impact them. Way to be a good role model, Kelly.
12 Kim Kardashian West
For some reason, the Kardashians seemed to be the center of every online issue, including Kim Kardashian West. Kim is known for “breaking the Internet” through her selfies, mostly because she tends to push the envelope.
Back in 2016, she posted one of her controversial selfies, with nothing but her birthday suit. The post was in line with the International Women’s Day and was also posted via Twitter.
As expected, criticism flew here and there, from ordinary people to celebrities such as Piers Morgan, Bette Midler and Chloë Grace Moretz. On the contrary, she also received support from other celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Abigail Breslin and Bella Thorne.
On her website, she wrote: “In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives. I hardly drink, I've never committed a crime—and yet I'm a bad role model for being proud of my body?”
It only shows that no matter how good your intentions are, people will always find something wrong, especially if you are a public figure. Kim had overcome so many issues in her life and this only shows that she is a strong woman.
11 Gabourey Sidibe
Sidibe was born in New York and was the daughter of a street performer and a cab driver. Her parents separated when she was small. She knows how hard it is to be a performer; financially, as she saw it from her mother while growing up. Because of that, she never thought she would end up in a performing career as well.
Gabourey plays Becky in the hit Fox TV series Empire (you probably also saw her in American Horror Story and the movie Precious).
The show is about a hip-hop company and the struggle between the owner’s sons and ex-wife, as they attempt to take over the multi-million dollar business.
In one Empire episode, actress Gabourey Sidibe filmed a love scene with a rather good-looking man. After it aired, viewers made Sidibe the topic of memes and jokes. One even posted a meme featuring Sidibe’s love scene with the caption “Damn, some of you people can’t even get a text back #Empire.”
In response, the Oscar-nominated actress wrote, “I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television. I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful and I felt like I was doing a good job.”
Sidibe added, “I keep hearing that people are ‘hating’ on it… that’s okay. You may have your memes. Honestly, I’m at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked. Hope you enjoy next week’s show!”
10 Emma Stone
Emma began her career in theater and later landed roles for television shows and movies. She appeared in films such as Superbad, Zombieland, Easy A and La La Land. She also landed the huge role of Gwen Stacy in the second reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, giving her even more notoriety.
While being “fat-shamed” seemed to be the norm among plus-sized individuals, Emma Stone was the complete opposite. Apparently, she was also shamed “for being too thin”.
She shared: “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.”
She added: "There is in no way is it my intention to be a bad example… I've shamed myself for it. We shame each other online. We're always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short...We're shaming each other and we're shaming ourselves, and it sucks."
Despite the negativity she received, she stopped defending herself against haters. Instead, Stone decided “to keep the mean girls out of her life” and be around “strong ladies.”
As a child, Emma used to experience anxiety. She also stated in The Late Show with Steven Colbert that she was a very, very anxious child and that she had a lot of panic attacks. She underwent therapy and says it's helped her work through her issues.
9 Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen has received various awards and nominations through the years. She makes everyone laugh daily on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and encourages us to groove with her as she dances through the audience. Despite being a household name and raking in millions of dollars for her hit talk show, Ellen still remains humble and helps change the world through her humanitarian efforts.
While it may seem that everyone in the world adores Ellen, this comedic host and Finding Dory star has also had her own share of haters, especially during her early stand-up days. She recalled one time when she performed after comedians who were “very homophobic and slamming women and every kind of way.”
DeGeneres admitted being gay back in 1997, opening the door for more people in Hollywood to come out.
Looking back, she does not know where those guys are now, but she quipped that they did not get the Medal of Freedom, which then-President Barack Obama gave her in 2016.
During one particular incident after a particularly insensitive stand-up act, she recounted how she felt bullied: “It was just a very angry, testosterone-filled crowd by the time I got on stage. The entire front rows of guys got up and turned their chairs around and face the audience. It was a night that I never thought that I’d do comedy again.”
8 Khloé Kardashian
Khloé has starred with other members of her family in the reality show Keeping Up with The Kardashians, since 2007. She is 33 years old now and currently in a relationship with NBA player Tristan Thompson whose signed to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Over the past few years, Khloé has successfully transformed herself into a fitness guru (and a hot mama, too). She constantly shared her workout and fitness videos with her followers. However, haters attacked once again.
In one of her Snapchat videos, Khloé addressed her haters who blasted on her workout videos. Apparently, some of these so-called “followers” accused Khloé of having access to gyms and trainers, to which average people do not have.
In response, she said, along with a snow bunny filter, “What bothers me so much about people is that I’m giving you guys my workouts on my Snaps for free.” She also clarified that “we’re everything doing outside. I’m showing you guys how to do the workouts so you don’t need a trainer… improvise!”
Sometimes, people are already provided all of the tools they need to level the playing field, but they are not able to appreciate it. For Khloé, she just wanted to share her fitness routine with the world, but it is up to them if they will take advantage of it.
7 Kendall Jenner
Again, a sister from the Kardashian-Jenner clan has been a victim of relentless online haters. One time, Kendall Jenner was criticized online after she shared a Snapchat video with a rather fuller pout than her usual. Someone accused the model is getting lip injections.
Her sister Kylie had already stated that she “simply overlined her sister’s lips,” but people still believed she went under the knife.
This is when Kendall set the record straight. On her Snapchat account, she explained: “We had to hurry, so I let Ky do my face. I never wear lip liner or lipstick unless it's the occasional obvious red…even when I'm doing a nude lip, it's basically just gloss!"
While she said she “felt so pretty” during that time, people still accused her of having facial reconstruction or cosmetic enhancement. To which she retorted: “As a model, why would I have my face reconstructed? It doesn't even make sense.”
Some people are just jealous when they see someone becoming better, prettier, richer, etc. If you are getting trolled online, be happy; this only means you are popular and envied by many. Celebrities like Kendall get tons of criticisms every day from social media and the Internet, so she totally knows how to handle them like a pro.
6 Candice Swanepoel
Candice Swanepoel leads two pretty different lives. She's both a famed Victoria’s Secret angel, and also a mother to her son, Anacã. The latter has turned her into a huge advocate of breastfeeding, but not everyone supports her said cause.
In her Instagram post, she addressed her haters and those who have shamed other mothers for feeding their babies in public. She wrote: "I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..?"
She also pointed that breastfeeding is natural. "Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole."
Not only do ordinary people experience this issue when breastfeeding, even celebrities are dealing with the same thing. Breastfeeding is highly recommended for babies because of its benefits. It is cheap, full of antibodies, easy to prepare and specially made just for your youngsters. For a mother, breastfeeding should be an amazing experience as they are able to nurture their babies. But, despite the advocacy efforts, some people still experience discrimination in public places when breastfeeding.
5 Gigi Hadid
Modeling is a big part of Gigi’s childhood as she started at an early age of 2. Back then, she modeled for Baby Guess. She stopped for a while to enjoy your childhood, but resumed in 2011. Then, in 2014 she debuted in the New York Fashion Week. Since then, she's become one of the most favorite models to walk for various designers and brands.
But no one seems to escape the prying eyes and scathing words of online haters—not even a supermodel like Gigi Hadid. In 2016, the renowned model, who has walked several times on the Victoria’s Secret stage, posted a black-and-white photo of her then-boyfriend Zayn Malik via Twitter.
Out of nowhere, a random Twitter user named @modelior commented, “Practice how to work properly instead of having a new bf every 2 weeks.”
To which she clapped back: “I've dated 3 guys in 3 yrs, hun. My walk can always get better; I hope the unrelated bitterness in ur heart can too.” The Twitter user and the posts have since been deleted.
Gigi and Zayn had been together for 2 years until they announced their break-up recently. They were caught locking lips a couple of weeks ago, so that could mean this beautiful couple is trying to work things out.
Gigi’s Twitter clapback has become a classic and earned a round of online applause from her supporters.
4 Melissa McCarthy
The 47-year-old actress-comedian started her television career in 1997. Back then, she appeared in minor roles and in 2000, she was able to cast a role in Gilmore Girls. Other movies where you seen the hilarious Melissa McCarthy are The Nines, Pretty Ugly People, Charlie’s Angels, The Back-up Plan and Life as We Know It. She also gained recognition for her role in The Heat alongside Sandra Bullock, whereas she won Best Comedy Actress.
Melissa had her own share of bullying because of her size. One time, Rex Reed of the New York Observer reviewed one of McCarthy’s movies, Identity Thief, alongside Jason Bateman.
Along with his no-holds-barred movie, Reed also commented more on her looks rather than her performance. It did not help either when Reed called McCarthy “cacophonous,” “tractor-sized,” and a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
On the contrary, she calmly and gracefully responded, “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.”
3 Ashley Graham
As a “plus-sized” model, Ashley Graham is one of the few who successfully made it mainstream and gained a huge following for her #BeautyBeyondSize advocacy. Some celebrities are body-shamed for looking larger, but in Ashley’s case, it was actually the other way around.
So, when she posted a photo in which she appeared slimmer, she was bashed by her own fans accusing her of wanting “to conform to Hollywood that being skinnier is prettier.”
In response to the issue, she wrote: “Some people were upset because I appeared to be slimmer. The reality is I haven’t lost a pound this year. In fact, I’m actually heavier than I was three years ago, but I accept my body as it is today. I work out not to lose weight but to maintain my good health. And anyway, if I did want to lose weight, it would be no one’s decision but my own.”
What we do with our body is totally our choice. If we want to work out to look and feel healthy, we should not let other people bring us down. In some point in our lives, we will experience a desire to change for the better and we have to do it, despite what other people say.
2 Alanna Masterson
The Walking Dead actress Alanna Masterson received backlash when fans of the show noticed she put on a few pounds. In response, she expressed her disappointment via her Instagram post. Apparently, her weight gain was because she'd just given birth to a child.
She wrote: “Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it's ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don't have children.” She also narrated the challenges of being a new parent in a middle of a hectic shooting schedule.
“Nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling. So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being "too large" or how ‘fat’ I've become…I would've gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow”, she added.
She started getting these comments after she gave birth to a little girl a couple of years ago. We all know that being a mother is a very difficult job, with all the responsibilities and change that mothers go through, physically and emotionally. Alanna was being a responsible parent and doing a wonderful job as an actress at the same time.
While her character in The Walking Dead fights off zombies, in the real world, Alanna is taking a stand against haters, trolls and body shamers who are hiding behind the Internet.
Zendaya started her TV career as a back-up dancer and model. She appeared on Disney's Shake It Up as Rocky Blue and recently wrapped up her follow-up series on the children's TV network, K.C. Undercover.
Zendaya, at a young age, has a successful career and also has her very own fashion line named Daya by Zendaya. She personally curates the items which include jackets, shoes, athletic wear, cocktail dresses, romper and jumpsuits.
Recently, The Greatest Showman actress and Disney Channel star received comments from Difficult People creator and actress Julie Klausner. The latter called the 21-year old actress a “thinspo model for your impressionable teens” and even accused Zendaya of having an “eating disorder.”
In return, the young actress lashed back at Klausner. She tweeted: "Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you as well #youreallywannabenext?"
She later followed up her clapback with a motivational word of wisdom for her followers along with empowering hashtags: “Now… everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning”.
Klausner responded back to Zendaya’s tweets thereafter, which earned hate especially among the latter’s fans. One even user replied, “You're so sad and pathetic. Ur getting a sick pleasure out of inciting young people.”
Klausner should probably just quit while she's behind. She won't win this fight.
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