Hollywood is full of celebrities who always seem to have it all; the perfect body, voluminously coiffed hair, a bright smile, and a wardrobe full of designer clothes. But, since celebrities are continually in the public’s eye, they often find themselves at the center of body shaming and other hurtful criticisms about their appearances. Though we think of them as the most beautiful people in the world, the stars face their fair share of body image issues. And that’s what can make their body positive advice some of the most powerful and meaningful around. Here are fifteen of our favorite quotes from some of Tinsel Town’s elite. Whether they ask us to accept your body no matter what, not to harm yourself to achieve a certain look, or they think conventional beauty standards are absolutely ridiculous, these celebrities have some powerful words about body positivity that are sure to resonate with and hopefully inspire you to love yourself just the way you are.
15 Tyra Banks
Tyra totally has it right! The former supermodel and host of America’s Next Top Model knows that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Tyra has had her fair share of body shamers, even though we think she’s one of the most beautiful women in the world, so her words on body positivity have breadth.Society likes to promote narrow standards of beauty that only a small margin of the population can meet. While society likes to make our differences seem as faults and things to be ashamed of, they are what make us unique from each other. Whether you’re tall, short, slim, curvy, blonde, brunette, white, black or anything in between, society will always find something to be critical of and to make you doubt your worth. But, just like Tyra reaffirms, your uniqueness is what makes you such a stunning beauty and its up to you to pledge to love yourself regardless of what the world says.
14 Jennifer Lawrence
Everyone’s favorite actress Jennifer Lawrence makes an important point. Society has taken leaps and bounds to prohibit and regulate things that are perceived as harmful, such as alcohol and cigarettes. However, we’ve yet to do the same when it comes to body shaming and negativity, though these are just as hurtful.Ask yourself this: are you more likely to say to someone “F*ck you” or “You’re fat”? Most people are more likely to make a comment about someone’s physical appearance rather than actually swear at them because its been deemed more acceptable. Criticizing someone’s appearance can haunt them for years and you wouldn’t’ have even known. We need to be careful how we speak about other people and make sure we’re building them up instead of tearing them down. Our words are one of our most powerful weapons and we need to treat them as such.
13 Emma Stone
Emma Stone is one of the funniest women in Hollywood, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be serious at times, either. The actress said it straight when she pleaded that women have to stop pitting each other against ourselves and ultimately be kinder. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.There’s no denying girls can be extremely mean. And, when we want to be mean, we generally target other women’s appearances since we know personally how much that can hurt. But imagine if we stopped this completely. Imagine if we supported our fellow women and used our words and actions to build each other’s confidence. That would be amazing. Just like Emma says, we desperately need to be kinder to everyone. We need to stop criticizing everyone’s physical appearances and accept everyone as beautiful right from the start. Everyone is enough in their own way (you are too!) and we’d all be so much better off if we started realizing that.
12 Gabourey Sidibe
Accomplished actress Gabourey Sidibe is known for being a body positive activist in Hollywood. Her unconventional beauty defies traditional standards of beauty in the most graceful way. So we love what she had to say about body positivity- needless to say we’re so on board with her! As Sidibe says, it really doesn’t matter how the world perceives you. Society will always have unreachable standards of beauty that we are held against yet will never achieve. The only acceptance we need is the acceptance we give to ourselves. The most important is that you love and respect your own body and treat it right. We only get one body and Sidibe is right when she calls it our “home” and “temple”. Once you hurt your body, there’s no going back. So the best thing to do is to make peace with your body and accept yourself the way you are- beautiful and perfect in every which way!
11 Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore, one of the successful actresses in Hollywood, couldn’t make more of a point we’d agree with. Drew asks us to remember all of the things our body does for us. We’re able to walk and run, go to school or our job, spend time with loved ones and so on. We should be thankful for the working, successful body we have instead of dwelling on our insecurities.It seems like we’re always caught up on the perceived flaws our body has. Perhaps you feel you’re too short, your thighs are too thick, or maybe you wish you were more athletic. Whatever criticism you have of your body you should let go of i. Harboring negative energy about the way you look isn’t going to help anyone. You have a body that is doing its best for you and it’s a wonder that we’re not satisfied with that.
10 Taylor Swift
Millions of people around the globe idolize Taylor Swift as an example of what it means to be perfect. Between a booming music career, long list of (beautiful) ex-lovers, and a banging body, Taylor seems to have it all. But, she reminds us that’s its important to remember no one really has it all.Taylor emphasizes that everyone has their insecurities- even celebrities. Though we may think Taylor is absolutely flawless, it’s crazy to think she doesn’t feel the same way. Even the girl who you think is the most perfect in the world still struggles with the way she perceives her body, whether it has to do with her weight, scars, or otherwise. When we realize that everyone goes through the same body acceptance struggles as us, it’s easier to understand why we’re so critical of our bodies and how unhealthy that is.
9 Amber Riley
Former Glee star Amber Riley knows a thing or two about being a plus-size woman in Hollywood. The actress is known for her luscious curves, though the media hasn’t always been kind to her unconventional body figure. But, just because she’s not a certain size, doesn’t mean Amber is any less gorgeous. And she reminds us just how important it is to be happy with who we are instead of attempting to conform using harmful means.So many young girls harm themselves to live up to society’s ridicul0us standards of beauty. Whether it’s through restrictive eating, self-harm, or another harmful habit, hurting yourself to appear a certain way is never okay. Not everyone is a size 2 naturally and if you’re not then it’s totally okay. Embrace yourself no matter what size or shape you are and never, ever hurt yourself to be somebody you’re not.
8 Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is known for being one of the most out-there celebrities around, and that must mean the musician has mustered up a lot of confidence in her few short years. This was evident when she reminded us why many people resort to body shaming and criticizing other’s appearances in the first place.She preaches than when you love yourself you’re less likely to be unfairly critical of other people. And that couldn’t be anymore true! So many times we’re critical of others because of our own insecurities. We think that reminding someone of their flaws will make us feel better about our own imperfections, but that’s hardly the case. If we can truly love ourselves then we will be capable of loving and respecting other people and will be slow to spread hate and judgment about other people. At the end of the day, you should be focusing on what you can improve in your life and not about what others can or should be doing.
7 Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has long been one of our most favorite body positive actresses and musicians in Tinsel Town. She routinely speaks about her struggles with eating disorders, self harm, and overall self love- and we love her more for it! Demi wants to say to her younger self what we all wish we could go back in time and say- that you’re beautiful and there’s nothing to change. But, since time machines don’t exist quite yet, Demi has the right idea by telling everyone who will listen that same thing. We can’t change the past yet we can change ours' and other people’s futures. You may have not done it in the past, but now is as good as ever to begin building each other up and reminding people how beautiful and worthy they are. It’s never too late to adopt a body positive attitude
6 Amy Schumer
Since she came on the scene, comedian and actress Amy Schumer has never hidden her flaws and insecurities from the public eye. Instead, she embraces them and routinely speaks out about how she doesn’t have the “perfect” Hollywood body. This simple quote says millions even though it doesn’t use that many words. Almost every woman has a belly and cellulite that they wish they didn’t- and so what? We’re so concerned with trying to prevent and get rid of things like that that we never seem to question why we think its so horrible. Like Amy reminds us, these natural, physical things don’t mean we’re any less deserving of love. A little or a lot of belly fat and cellulite has no weight on our worth in the world. And anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is greatly mistaken. You are smart, kind, compassionate, thoughtful, open-minded, beautiful, and so much more, and this is not dependent on the size of your waist in any way, shape, or form.
5 Jennifer Love Hewitt
We imagine that being a celebrity opens you up to more criticism and body shaming than the average person endures since you’re always in the public eye. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt reminds us that, no matter what you look like, the media will always find something to nitpick you about. Whether you’re too skinny or not enough, it seems we can never live up to the media’s ridiculous standards of beauty. Jennifer has the right idea- that the most important thing you can do is feel good in your own skin, regardless of what anyone else may say. When you come to understand and accept that society will never truly be happy with the way you look, you can start focusing on things that really matter, like developing your self-love. There are so many things society can criticize you about, but don’t let your body be one of them.
4 Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera is one celebrity who is constantly under media pressure because of her fluctuating weight. But the singer and X Factor judge wishes we could all see the beauty in the female body instead of always pointing out its flaws. A woman’s body is truly one of the wonders of the world. It has the ability to create and carry life for nine months before bringing it into the world. All the curves and edges of a female we may criticize are a part of this life-making ability. And this is absolutely nothing to frown upon. Though our bodies look different, each female body has the powerful ability to bring forth and nurture a new life- and we think that’s something to celebrate. Even the female bodies that aren’t able to create life are exquisite in their own way and we too often lose sight of this fact. We’re on team Xtina when it come to appreciating and recognizing the beauty in all female bodies.
3 Kate Upton
Kate Upton is a highly successful model who has represented clothing brands like Victoria’s Secret. Everyone has heard about the immense pressure to stay extra thin in the modeling world, so it’s refreshing to hear Kate say she’d never harm herself to live up to them. Kate is known for her curvy figure- that is, curvy by modeling standards- and we love to hear how she doesn’t want to change her beautiful frame. So many people go to extreme lengths to achieve a certain body or weight, but all of that is meaningless if you’re miserable doing it. Like Kate assures us, there’s no fun in being thin if you’re not eating and are upset while doing it. Conforming to a certain standard of beauty is completely not worth it if you’re hurting yourself in the process, whether physically or emotionally.
2 America Ferrera
America Ferrera played the lovable character Betty on the hit show Ugly Betty, yet this actress is anything but ugly. Having played such a body positive character on T.V., it seems America has had some of the positive thinking rub off on her. That’s why she reminds us about the importance of recognizing and using your talents that go beyond your superficial physical appearance. You have the ability to contribute something amazing to this world. Everyone has their own unique set of talents and abilities that they can use to make an impact no matter how small. If you’re constantly worried about the size of your waist then you might miss out on opportunities to truly make a difference. Follow America’s lead and think about all the incredible things you can do that don’t depend on your jean size. And then do those things!
1 Kristen Stewart
It’s hard to think that Kristin Stewart would have to worry about whether she is or is not beautiful because in our books she’s a complete stunner. But the actress, who is known for her roles in movies like Twilight and The Runaways, knows a thing or two about how ridiculous conventional beauty standards are. She makes an excellent point when she questions how dumb having a narrow norm of beauty is- who even decided what body shape or waist size was beautiful, anyways? Society always has and (unfortunately) probably always will have a narrow set of beauty standards that only a slim minority can easily fit into. This shouldn’t mean you should feel any less beautiful than you are. The more we recognize how unrealistic conventional beauty standards currently are, the more we will be able to overcome and eventually break them. Everyone is gorgeous, conventional or not.
Though they are some of the world’s most sought after models, actresses, and musicians, these celebrities prove everyone has to go on their own journey to become body positive and accepting of themselves. Each star on this list had something important and beneficial to say about loving yourself the way you are. Never forget that you are absolutely beautiful no matter what size, shape, or color you come in. And you should never attempt to change yourself in a harmful way, whether emotionally or physically, to achieve a certain standard. Society is certainly messed up in the way that we believe beauty has to conform to a narrow standard and anything aside from this can’t be beautiful. The more body positive and accepting of ourselves and others that we become, the more we can fight back against these negative, harmful beauty standards that keep being reinforced. Everyone is beautiful the way they are and you’ll be a lot better off once you accept this!