Body image is everywhere. Billboards and TV ads are forever trying to tell us how we should look, and what we shouldn’t eat or wear. But some celebs have had enough, and they want you to know it.
Here are six times stars spoke out, and inspired us to be confident about our bodies.
1. Gigi Hadid
Gigi took to Instagram to air her thoughts about people commenting on social media about her body. Go girl!
2. Jennifer Lawrence
J-Law is well known for speaking out against body-shamers in Hollywood, but when she revealed in Time that she was brought “near-naked” photos of herself as “motivation” to lose weight for acting roles, we were all shocked. She didn’t lie down and take it though. Angrily retorting “if anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, ‘You can go f*** yourself’. Go J-Law!
3. Laverne Cox
These days, you can’t open a browser tab without stumbling upon an article about the Orange Is The New Black star venting her fury at backward stereotypes. In a recent interview with Essence magazine, she taught fans how to come to terms with how they look.
“What I’ve been doing is looking in the mirror and listing all the things I have an issue with and then saying, ‘This is beautiful.’ I just go down the list and tell myself, ‘You have to accept that this is you today.’ I make time to do this.”
4. Fearne Cotton
The bubbly former- Radio 1 presenter has long been an ardent activist in the field of eating disorders. Ever since she discovered – to her horror – that she was a pin-up for pro-anorexia groups, she’s tried to educate the public about the cause. She even presented a BBC documentary called The Truth About Online Anorexia.
She’s also gone on record as saying: “Girls should not try and look like anyone. Girls, you should be yourself, know who you are and love yourself.”
The ‘Love the way you lie’ singer has often said she feels forced to feel body-conscious by the media. But her reassuring message for fans is that it’s okay to feel body conscious because everyone has insecurities.
She said: “You just want something else that someone else has, but that doesn’t mean what you have isn’t beautiful, because people always want what you have, and you always want what they have – no one is ever 100 per cent like, ‘Yes, I’m the bomb dot com – from head to toe!”
Who’d have thought that the multi-Grammy-winning singer and author of the fourth biggest selling UK album ever could be criticised by anyone, anywhere. But that’s just what happened a few years ago when fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld described her as a “little too fat”.
Adele said, in an interview with CBS News, that no one should feel pressure to be a “skinny-mini” though, and that even if she did have a “Sports Illustrated body”, she’d still wear whatever she wanted. And so you should!