We could all learn a thing or two from these inspirational women.
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Tyra Banks isn't afraid to speak up when it comes to defending her body. During an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael, the new mom and America's Next Model host claimed she looked better after her weight gain, compared to when she first appeared on the show two decades ago.
"I look like a different person now because I have more weight on my body and face," she said before addressing the immense pressure the fashion industry puts on young models these days. Tyra, who was a size six during her modeling days, feels like women in fashion shouldn't be expected to maintain size zero frames. And we couldn't agree more.
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The 29-year-old Younger star has often been criticized for being either too thin or too heavy, but she's not one to let other's opinions bring her down. "I'm in the same struggle you're in every day," Duff told Elle in an interview, noting how five to ten pounds can be a lot of weight for her petite frame to lose or gain.
"I just tell myself, 'I'm 5'2", I'm really fit, killing it in the gym, and doing crazy things.' I love to work out, but I'm just not that concerned with being the skinniest person." Preach.
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Mila Kunis had to lose a lot of weight for her role in the hit film Black Swan. "There was no shape, no form, nothing, nothing," the 33-year-old mom told Glamour while describing her body back in 2012. Once filming was over, Mila was relieved to regain 25 pounds. Unfortunately, people seemed to have a lot of unexpected opinions about that.
"When I was shooting Black Swan, everyone was like, 'Gosh, you're really too skinny.' Then my weight started bouncing back and they're like, 'She looked better when she was anorexic-looking!'" she said. "You can't please anyone! It was just for work. I didn't do it because I had issues. Now this is my normal weight that I started out with."
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After working with Victoria's Secret for five years, Erin Heatherton abruptly parted ways with the company in 2013. Earlier this year, the young model opened up about how the lingerie brand kept telling her to lose weight — eventually causing her to put her foot down.
"I realized I couldn't go out into the world — parading my body and myself in front of all these women who look up to me — and tell them that this is easy and simple and everyone can do this," she explained in an interview with Time magazine. "I'm willing to sacrifice my pride, in a sense, and my privacy because I know that if I don't speak about it, I could be withholding information that would really help women."
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While prepping for her role in The Help, Viola Davis was ecstatic for all the opportunities the film had to offer. "It was absolutely wonderful having a practically all female cast, there was just wonderful female energy," she told Celebuzz on the red carpet. "There were no egos, no one wanted to be the star. And we got to gain weight!" If only everyone shared that sentiment in Hollywood.
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In a recent interview with The Guardian, Anne Hathaway opened up about how awful she felt for winning an Oscar for her role in Les Misérables. "I felt very uncomfortable. I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn't come back yet," she said. "I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don't feel, which is uncomplicated happiness."
This emotion came from many things, but mainly the fact that she had to go through immense physical changes for her role, including losing 14 pounds. That was a turning point for the young mom and she has since found happiness in maintaining a healthy weight and finding love.
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In 2011, Jessica Simpson was all over the tabloids for gaining 70 pounds. After struggling with harsh criticism, the singer-turned-fashion-designer decided to get back into shape, this time focusing on being healthy rather than being skinny.
"I didn't have a weight goal," she told InStyle in an interview. "I just wanted to look healthy." Since then, Jessica has become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and has learned to embrace her new body, which is healthier than it ever was before.
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Christina Aguilera caused quite a stir after giving her music label the finger for criticizing her weight gain in 2012.
"I told (my label) during this 'Lotus' recording, 'You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it,'" she told Billboard in an interview. "They need a reminder sometimes that I don't belong to them. It's my body. [It] can't put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore — my body is just not on the table that way anymore."
You tell 'em, sister.
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While Kelly Clarkson is no stranger to body shaming, the American Idol winner has no problem shrugging off the criticism. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, the 34-year-old opened up about her weight gain saying: "We are who we are. Whatever size."
"I was the biggest girl on [American Idol], too. And I wasn't big, but people would call me big," she added. "Because I was the biggest one on Idol, and I've kind of always gotten that. People are like, 'I'm so sorry that people are so mean to you.' And I'm like, 'Are you serious? Get in line.'"
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After a photo of Selena Gomez in a bikini surfaced on the Internet, she responded to trolls who commented on her weight in the best way. "I did gain weight, but I don't care," the 23-year-old said while on On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
"I feel very empowered and confident in where I am. I think it took me a long while to get there... there's nothing wrong with a woman being comfortable [and] confident." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.