In 2017, it’s hard to not compare yourself to the picture perfect girl with 100K followers on Instagram or the newest reality show beauty. Images of perfectly shaped women are constantly surrounding us on social media, in magazines, and on television. However, even those influencers and celebrities have struggled with their appearance and have gone on a journey to get to a place of self-acceptance. This year alone, a number of Hollywood’s biggest stars have voiced their opinions on self-image and sparked a much-needed discussion. Keep reading to see what 5 celebrities have had to say about body image, self-esteem, and how they remain body positive.
1. Serena Williams
In an open letter posted on Reddit in September, tennis champion Serena Williams thanked her mother for her continuous support throughout her athletic career and now through her journey as a mother. She also used the online note to take a stand against her body shamers by saying, “I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!”
2. Rita Ora
During an interview with SHAPE, Ora highlighted her past struggles with body image as well as her current state of mind when she said, ”I'm not going to lie and say I was completely happy with my body before. I didn’t start working out to get skinnier — I started working out to feel better. And I think it's important for women to know that. Don't be obsessed with being thin. You just have to be fit, healthy, and strong."
3. Chrissy Teigen
While at BeautyCon this year, Chrissy Teigen expressed her battles with body consciousness by saying, ”There have been times I've cried to John [Legend], where I felt like I would just never have ‘that'. You know everyone has a butt now, everyone has curves and a little waist, and that's not me. I'm in a weird phase where I'm jealous of those bodies, but I also really want to be cool with my own body. I really want to be that person for you all, that says, 'You don't need that f---ing shit."
4. Demi Lovato
In a series of tweets in early April, the “Sorry Not Sorry" singer talked about how she works through an issue with appearance. Lovato said, ”Sometimes when I'm having bad body image issue days, I remind myself that I'd rather live in freedom from my eating disorder than worry about what people think about my body,” and added “I am more than a number and a jean size"
5. Simone Biles
Olympic athlete Simone Biles was forced to think about her body early on when a coach called her fat. Biles said, ”It was really hard, because growing up I never felt overweight or fat, so it shocked me like, 'Why would he say that?’ But in a way, it actually shaped me for the better, because it just taught me to rise above and to love my body no matter what."