In 2019, more people than ever are speaking out female empowerment and body shaming. Here’s a look at some of my fave quotes from body-positive women in Hollywood, and 10 stars who are are not afraid to speak out about body issues and body confidence.
Teigen, 33, is a model turned cookbook author who’s known as a hilarious, no-BS celeb that’s always remained open and honest with her fans. After recently giving birth to her second child with singer John Legend, Teigen has been candid about her post-baby body, sharing with fans through Instagram the reality of “mom bod” as she’s called it. After posting an Instagram photo of her bare midriff while on vacation in Bali, Teigen tweeted,
“Instagram is crazy. I think it's awesome people have killer bodies and are proud to show them off (I really do!!), but I know how hard it can be to forget what (for lack of a better word) regular ol’ bodies look like when everyone looks bonkers amazing. Also I don’t really call this 'body confidence' because I’m not quite there yet. I’m still super insecure. I’m just happy that I can make anyone else out there feel better about themselves!”
There was a time not so long ago that being strong or looking muscular as a woman wasn’t “feminine” enough. But J-Lo is here to put that myth to rest with her super sexy, muscular arms. Who says being strong isn’t sexy? Turning 50 this year, J-Lo has spoken out about body image and the pressure to compare herself with other women.
“Feeling beautiful is an attitude, and we should all look for the beautiful things we love about ourselves, regardless of how our bodies compare to someone else’s.”
Adele is another powerhouse woman who has no time for haters who try and tear her down. She is secure in her own skin and doesn’t give mind who those who think differently. She believes in being healthy and happy over being worried about our appearance on the outside. Let Adele be your reminder that you don’t need to look a certain way to be happy, and certainly don’t buy into the idea that your dream body type will bring you happiness either. True happiness comes from the inside.
“I've never wanted to look like the models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that.”
Banks, who’s best known for her hit reality series Top Model, has long been an advocate for female empowerment. After once being told she was “too fat” for the runway, she proved those body shamers wrong and became a world-famous supermodel.
“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful — from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between.”
Gaby keeps it real when it comes to body shaming. After being subjected to lots of hateful comments about her weight, she has since spoken out about people that have tried to tear her down. But she knows better. In her memoir, "This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare”, Sidibe devoted a whole chapter to “Mind your own body”, meaning that if it’s not your body, it’s not your business. She defies the Hollywood beauty norm which just makes her all the more beautiful.
“One day I decided that I was beautiful, and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. I wear colors that I really like, I wear makeup that makes me feel pretty, and it really helps. It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see.”
Bell is another famous celeb who has long been a champion of female empowerment, and has been very vocal about sticking up for herself and others who doubt themselves. She is refreshingly honest and has paved the way for others to embrace and love their own bodies.
“Who cares if there are lumps on my thighs? I'm guilty of having human legs made up of fat, muscle, and skin, and sometimes when you sit, they get bumpy!”
Williams is another celeb who is no stranger to hurtful body shaming. However the 37-year-old has never been afraid to speak out against those haters. She’s dealt with people saying that she was “born a man” and “too manly” due to her muscular frame. But, she’s always reminded fans to be proud of who they are and embrace their body shape however God made them. And as the world’s best female tennis player, Williams has proven all those body shamers wrong.
“I want people to be proud of who they are. Too many times young women are told that they're not good enough or they don't look good enough, or they shouldn't do this, or they shouldn't look like that. Really there's no one who should judge that except for you.”
Recently while the 36-year-old was filming Ocean’s 8, she opened up about how she felt pressure to bounce back immediately after giving birth to her son. But, her costars such as Rihanna and Cate Blanchett were quick to give her a compliment about how GREAT her body looked, which helped her learn to embrace her post-baby image. She then shared on Instagram:
“There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all). There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.)”
Consuelos and his wife, actress and TV personality Kelly Ripa, have been married for 22 years and have a long history of sticking up for each other in the press. Recently, after Consuelos posted a picture of him and Ripa on vacation, some commenters harassed Ripa for wearing a bikini at 47-years-old. Consuelos fired back:
“I wanted to take a couple of days to weigh in. Probably should’ve earlier arguably. But I wanted to be above it. Well, not I’m not. I posted this pic of the woman I most admire. Yes she’s wearing a bikini at age 47 and will no doubt wear one for many years to come. If that offends you in some way, if it triggers you, or some other psychosis you’re suffering from, I suggest you get over it and get used to it. To all the males that had something negative to say. I suggest you bring it up with me if ever I’m lucky enough to run into you.”
There is nothing we love more than a strong Hollywood power couple who’s not afraid to stick up for each other. And YES, no matter your age or size, rock that bikini despite any naysayers.
Winslet has always been super open and honest about her struggles with body image and learning to love herself. She has been an important figure in speaking out about the “standard of beauty” and how it impacts young women growing up.
“When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life. I only heard negatives. That’s very damaging because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look… I stand in front of the mirror and say to [daughter] Mia, ‘We are so lucky we have a shape. We’re so lucky we’re curvy. We’re so lucky that we’ve got good bums.’ And she’ll say, ‘Mummy, I know, thank God.’ It’s paying off.”
When women support other women, amazing things happen. So let’s continue to lift each other up and learn to support each confident, beautiful woman in your tribe. Here’s your reminder that you are a strong, fierce, and powerful WOMAN — don’t let anyone tell you differently. Amen!