Living your life in the spotlight is no easy task, especially in today’s social media climate. People are constantly posting pictures of themselves on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Some of those pictures have been edited, some of them haven’t. Sometimes people leave nice comments, but there are also plenty of mean ones. People who are insecure about their own bodies go out of their way to put other people down. It’s a vicious cycle.
These celebs wanted to break the cycle. They clapped back against anonymous trolls and showed us how to be confident in our own skin.
After her appearance during the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show was criticized by the media, Lady Gaga took to Instagram.
She told the world, “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. Thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga”
People have been body shaming Demi Lovato for basically her entire career. This young star has been through so much in such a short period of time.
In 2016 she told Glamour, “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 six-pack. Maybe I don’t even want a six-pack. It doesn’t sound very appealing.”
When model Gigi Hadid was shamed for being too skinny at New York Fashion Week, she responded by being open about her experience with a thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s Disease.
Gigi tweeted, “although stress & excessive travel can also affect the body, I have always eaten the same, my body just handles it differently now that my health is better. I may be “too skinny” for u, honestly this skinny isn’t what I want to be, but I feel healthier internally and am still learning and growing with my body everyday, as everyone is. Please, as social media users & human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story. Use your energy to lift those that you admire rather than be cruel to those u don’t.”
Selena Gomez has gone through a whole bunch of health issues and medical treatments since being diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease. Some of those treatments caused her to gain a few pounds.
After being criticized for her new figure, Selena posted a smoking hot photo on Instagram with the caption, “I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove.” Selena knows her worth and she’s not going to let anybody push her around.
In 2016, Jennifer Aniston wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about body shaming and people speculating about her possibly being pregnant.
Aniston wrote, “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.'” Yass Jen Aniston! You tell those haters where they can put their horrible comments.
Chrissy Teigan is constantly swatting away trolls who feel like it’s their job to comment on her body and on her parenting abilities. While she was pregnant with her son, Miles, she posted a picture of herself half-naked making a salad. All of her important bits were covered by a couple of salad emojis.
She captioned the picture, “plz don’t shame me I am a strong proud salad making woman just being natural and trying to live my life.” Same, Chrissy. Same.
After a certain comment was made by Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic, comedian Julie Klausner tweeted, “Zendaya’s ultimate retort to Giuliana Rancic is starving herself down to the size of one of her elbowz.”
Zendaya clapped back, “Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you aswell #youreallywannabenext?” Then she tweeted, “Now….everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that **** #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning”
In response to some negative commentary, plus-size model Ashley Graham said, “Every time I post a workout video I get comments like, ‘You’ll never be skinny, so stop trying,’ ‘Don’t workout too hard, you’ll get skinny,’ ‘You still need to be fat to be a model,’ and ‘Why would you want to lose what made you famous?'”
She continued, “Just for the record, I work out 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…”
In 2017, Jennifer Lawrence opened up about some of the ridiculous beauty standards that exist in Hollywood.
She said, “A female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We are stood side-by-side with only tape covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet. I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career. I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable. Every human being should have the power to be treated with respect because they’re human.”
Mindy Kaling takes issue with being called “real.” In Hollywood, it’s not good enough to be “real.” You have to be a fantasy.
Kaling wrote, “The fact of the matter is, I absolutely do try to conform to normal standards of beauty. I am just not remotely successful at it. I never want to be part of the problem. I want to always be as body-positive as girls hope that I am.”
Tyra Banks has made a career out of empowering women to accept and celebrate their “flaws.” She knows she has a bigger than average forehead, but she’s turned that “flaw” into an asset.
In what was named one of TV Guide‘s 60 Greatest Talk Show Moments of all time, Tyra Banks responded to negative commentary about her beach body with the now-iconic declaration: “Kiss my fat a**!” You tell ’em, Ty Ty.
Recently, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter to express her admiration for tennis champ Serena Williams. She tweeted, “#SerenaSlam! I love her. What an athlete, what a role model, what a woman!” When some trolls criticized Serena’s body, she clapped back:
“‘She is built like a man’. Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You’re an idiot.” J.K. is a true hero and honestly, we don’t deserve her.
Ariel Winter is always body positive on social media. In 2017, she clapped back at haters on Instagram posting, “Something I wish people would realize…I am not TRYING to be featured on Snapchat, I am not trying to be pap’d everywhere I go. I am literally just LIVING and unfortunately, I can’t do that without paparazzi following me around every day.”
You do you, Ariel. We’ll all just follow your example.
A British TV host (who shall remain nameless) publically shamed Kelly Clarkson when he tweeted, “Did she eat all of her backing singers? Happy I have wide-screen.”
Kelly did not waste any time clapping back at the barely famous broadcaster. She responded, “Oh, 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.” Yass Kelly!
A lot of people were body shaming actress Gabourey Sidibe after she appeared on the red carpet at the 2014 Golden Globes.
Gabourey tweeted, “To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK.” Some people just don’t know how to be classy. Don’t worry, Gabby will put them in their place.
Chloë Grace Moretz
People were mad at Chloë Grace Moretz after a poster for her animated movie Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs featured a photo of a sort and squat Snow White with the caption, “What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 dwarfs not so short?”
Moretz responded, “I have now fully reviewed the marketing for Red Shoes, I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn’t approved by me or my team. Pls know I have let the producers of the film know. I lent my voice to a beautiful script that I hope you will all see in its entirety. The actual story is powerful for young women and resonated with me. I am sorry for the offense that was beyond my creative control.”
After Ruby Rose was shamed on social media for being too skinny, she posted the following message on her Instagram story:
“Body shaming S***** ME. It’s so frustrating. Not because I care about what someone thinks of my body. I love my body when I don’t work out and I am soft and I love it when I train hard and feel strong. I hate it because it worries fans or shames them. I hate it because it uses no logic and basically is just someone projecting their experience and expectations on others.”
After a critic called Melissa McCarthy “homely” in one of her movies, the actress had a whole lot to say. “Would you say that to any guy? When John C. Reilly — or any actor — is playing a character that is depressed and dejected, would you say, ‘Well, you look terrible!?'”
After she asked him if he had a daughter himself, and he responded yes, she said, “Watch what you say to her. Do you tell her she’s only worthwhile or valid when she’s pretty? If his daughter came home with the news that she had been told she can’t have a job because she’s unattractive, would he respond, “That’s right?” The critic took McCarthy’s words to heart and responded, “No, I would never want that to happen. I would never in a million years want that to happen.”
When Sam Smith started to become a big name in the music industry, Howard Stern made some pretty hurtful remarks about his appearance. He said, “I like that he’s chubby and gay, that’s why I love him. He’s one of those guys, he’s really good but I feel like that will be his only hit song. That’s how good that song is, he’s fat and he’s gay and little girls worship him, that’s when you know you have a good song and you have a good voice.”
Smith responded, “Can’t believe what I’ve just read.” Short and to the point. Sometimes that’s the best way to clap back.
When designer Karl Lagerfeld called Adele “a little too fat,” Adele clapped back in the classiest way possible. She told People magazine, “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”
Adele doesn’t let rude comments from subpar designers slow her down. She’s got an empire to buil and a brand to run, and she’s living her best life.
When a social media user posted: “Got asked if I’d prefer @arielwinter1 or @ArianaGrande lol, it wud DEFINITELY be @arielwinter1 curves are sexy sticks aren’t,” Ariana Grande was quick to respond. “sigh….. tweets, comments, statements like this are not okay. About anyone!!! We live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for men, women, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are.
Diversity is sexy! Loving yourself is sexy! You know what is NOT sexy? Misogyny, objectifying, labeling, comparing and body shaming!!! Talking about people’s bod[ies] as if they’re on display asking for your approval/opinion. THEY ARE NOT!!!! CELEBRATE YOURSELF. CELEBRATE OTHERS. The things that make us different from one another make us BEAUTIFUL. BODY BOUNDARIES. LOVE LOVE LOVE ONLY.”
When Amy Schumer was featured, wearing a swimsuit, on the cover of InStyle magazine, swimwear designer Dana Duggan commented, “Come on now! You could not find anyone better for this cover? Not everyone should be in a swimsuit.” Duggan went on to say that Schumer “looked like a pig.”
Amy didn’t let it faze her. She posted another shot of herself in a bikini on Snapchat with the caption, “I feel great. No haters can f with my baseline.”
It’s hard to believe that anybody could have a negative thing to say about Emma Stone. I mean, this woman is pretty close to perfect. When people started attacking her for being too skinny, she responded,
“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. In no way is it my intention to be a bad example. That has been kind of bothering me lately. 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. They’re just confirming this feeling I have about myself. I’m trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”
People started criticizing Sasha Pieterse after she gained weight due to a hormone imbalance. She was quick to respond to the haters:
“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. Getting healthy isn’t just about working out and eating right (however extremely important) it’s also about surrounding yourself with those who care about you and want to see you succeed and become the best you can be.”
Vin Diesel is known for being a fit action star, but when fans started noticing that his fit bod was turning in to a dad bod, they were quick to comment on it on social media.
Vin Diesel responded, “I do think it’s wrong to body shame. Trolls on the Internet — there are all kinds of atrocities they commit on the Internet. Honestly, I would rather it come to me than somebody else. I can take it.”
Lena Dunham is constantly being bombarded with comments about her weight. People just can’t seem to accept that she’s become successful even though she isn’t a size zero. When Lena actually lost some weight due to a battle with endometriosis, she took to Instagram to respond to all of the comments she was getting about her new body:
“Right now I’m struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise. So my weight-loss isn’t a triumph and it also isn’t some sign I’ve finally given in to the voices of trolls. Because my body belongs to ME–at every phase, in every iteration, and whatever I’m doing with it, I’m not handing in my feminist card to anyone.”
Rihanna’s weight seems to fluctuate pretty regularly because she has a human body and human bodies tend to do that. People like to make comments about Rihanna’s body because they have nothing better to do with their time.
Rihanna responded to the haters on Instagram by posting a video of herself picking out a pack of Cheetos along with the caption, “Somebody called me too fat? 😂 😂 😂 “
Kate Winslet opened up about how body shaming has personally affected her: “I had been bullied at school. They called me Blubber. Teased me for wanting to act. Locked me in the cupboard. Laughed at me… I wasn’t the prettiest. I was even told that I might be lucky in my acting if I was happy to settle for the fat-girl parts. [Casting agents] would say, ‘You’re just not what we’re looking for Kate.'”
“I fought back,” she went on. “I had to ignore the negative comments. I had to believe in myself. I had to choose to rise above it all, and I had to work hard. You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part… You are being your best and you own that. Nobody can take that away from you ever.”
People have been criticizing Sarah Hyland on social media for being too skinny. Some people even accused her of being anorexic. Sarah’s low body weight is due to some serious kidney issues she’s been living with since she was a child.
Sarah tweeted, “I’m not in control of what my body looks like. No, that’s not Photoshop, those are my legs, those are my arms. I write this because I’ve been accused of promoting anorexia, in, ironically enough, an anti-bullying post. And I want young girls to know that’s not my intention.”
An old issue of Oprah’s magazine gave some advice about who can wear crop tops and who can’t. The article stated, “If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one.”
After the magazine received a lot of criticism on Instagram for what can only be described as body shaming, O magazine issued a statement: “We support, encourage and empower all women to look great, feel confident and live their best lives – in this case, we could have expressed it better. We appreciate the feedback and will be more mindful going forward.”