Refreshingly Honest Celebrity Body Confessions
Jennifer Lawrence has never been shy about discussing body shaming in Hollywood, and she had new thoughts to share at the most recent Mockingjay 2 panel at this year's Comic-Con: "I was just having a conversation with somebody about the struggles of weight in the industry, because they know that it's something I talk nonstop about. "And they were saying, 'All of the main movie stars aren't very underweight.' And I said, 'Yeah, because once you get to a certain place [in your career], people will hire you and they want you to be in their movie, so they don't care.' It's more about the struggle for the actors and actresses who haven't made it to a certain place," she told the crowd. "I'm not really in a place where I can complain or speak to not getting enough roles, because I'm very lucky to have a lot of opportunities. But I would be interested to hear someone who is not in two franchises answer that question."
Comedienne Amy Schumer isn’t afraid to throw a few punches, and in her June cover interview with Glamour magazine, she wasn’t holding anything back. Responding to comments she made about her weight at the 2015 Glamour U.K. Women of the Year Awards, Schumer said, “I think it’s good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love. And to catch the old D. And to not apologize.”
"There’s so much pressure to always have it together, and I’m not falling for it. You see supermodels who have babies, and the next week they look as if they were never pregnant. That was not the case with me. Some days I feel great, others I feel pretty normal, and that’s acceptable," Shape covergirl Hilary Duff revealed in the May issue.
In April, after Pink attended a red carpet for the John Wayne Cancer Institute, trolls took to Twitter commenting on how fat she looked. Pink defended herself saying, “While I admit that that dress didn’t photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful. So, my good and concerned peoples, please don’t worry about me, I’m not worried about me. And I’m not worried about you either :) ... I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.”
Gigi Hadid regularly appears in the glossies wearing just her bathing suit, but this blonde beauty told E! News in January, “I'm all for one month of going really hard and eating really healthy and boxing every day if you're doing it for one job, but I've always said, 'Eat clean to stay fit, have a burger to stay sane.”
Rebel Wilson showed up to the 2015 MTV Movie Awards with a purpose, rocking a pair of black leather leggings with “Think” printed across the butt. Her message? "I like to encourage girls to think, which is why I put that on my butt. It's really about what's up here [points to head], and not what’s here [points to backside]."
Kristen Bell welcomed her second child with husband Dax Shephard in December, but she’s in no hurry to shed the baby weight. She told Good Housekeeping
, “I'll work out and eat healthy, but I'm not desperate to shed the weight. Body image is what you make of it. I refuse to compare myself to anyone anymore. I've done it; it didn't make me feel good. I don't like comparison hangovers.”
After British personality Katie Hopkins tweeted several negative comments about Kelly Clarkson’s size in February, she responded, “I've just never cared what people think. It's more if I'm happy and I'm confident and feeling good. That's always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family—I don't seek out any other acceptance."
Gabrielle Union isn’t lacking in the confidence department. She revealed to People, “It has come with age—age and continuing to read and travel and realize that nobody, except for mean girls, gives a sh*t about a dimple in a thigh or what your upper arms look like. If you carry yourself with confidence, and you move through the world with your head held high and your shoulders thrown back, you don’t need to be a [size] double-zero. What people are attracted to is the fact that you’re attracted to yourself.”
cover model Olivia Wilde talked body after baby in her March interview, saying, “I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience. In that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is your body. I don't want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection. I'd rather rebuild my strength while dancing my ass off...literally.”
Demi Lovato is one of our favorite #fitspirations for her body positivity. Though she hits the gym often, she wants people to know she’s doing it for the right reasons. In February she captioned one Instagram, “Don’t train to be skinny, train to be a #badass.” A few days later she posted a bikini pic, saying, “Regardless of what society tells you these days… You don’t have to have a thigh gap to be beautiful. It is possible to love your body the way it is.”
“I want to keep my health and my sanity and be well and feel happy. Plus, I want to have fun... And if you spend too much of your time focusing on the wrong stuff, like how much you weigh, then you forget to enjoy the fun stuff, don’t you?” Winslet told Harper’s Bazaar
Victoria's Secret angel Adriana Lima shocked people everywhere with her honesty about her "really intense" training before the annual lingerie show, admitting to twice-daily workouts, 12 days on a liquid diet, and no drinking at all for the 12 hours before the show. While the diet is admittedly extreme, Lima only confirmed what many people suspected, and it's kind of a relief to know she works hard to look that good.
Plus, she adds, "It's not that I do crazy diets throughout the year. I just do it for this particular thing. After this show, I become normal again!"
Julianne Moore once told eve magazine, "I still battle with my deeply boring diet of, essentially, yogurt and breakfast cereal and granola bars. I hate dieting. I hate having to do it to be the 'right' size. I'm hungry all the time. I think I'm a slender person, but the industry apparently doesn't. All actresses are hungry all the time, I think."
Shape covergirl Molly Sims revealed in her refreshingly honest interview how she gets her million-dollar bod: "This does not come naturally! I have to work out 60 to 90 minutes at least five days a week and stick to a high-fiber, low-calorie eating plan."
"I'm bigger than I've ever been, but I want to show off my bump!" Jessica Simpson admitted while pregnant, adding that she was joyously giving into pregnancy cravings like buttered Pop-Tarts and ignoring Hollywood's pressure to freak out about gaining weight during these nine months. "I'm like, 'Yeah, I can do it. We'll worry about the rest afterward.'"
"Part of my career has always been because of the way I look. I'm not ashamed. It has opened doors. But I also know that if I didn't have something else, I'd be long gone," Sofia Vergara told In Style
Jessica Biel is known for her honesty about her hard workouts and clean eating, but even she admitted in an interview with W magazine
that sometimes it goes a little too far. "I know. I think I need to destroy my reputation. This whole I'm outdoorsy, I'm really healthy—it's too squeaky-clean [laughs]. That's going to be my new thing: Go dark and unhealthy. It's time to be very, very bad."
"I do have that thing of, 'Oh my God, I'm disgusting!' You won't hear me saying I have no body issues because I wouldn't be human if I didn't." After copping to some every-woman body angst, Emma Stone confessed in US Weekly how she really feels about working out. "I haven't worked out for a month and I'm proud of it! I like to do things I actually enjoy, like going for a swim. I had a trainer during Spider Man and I discovered I have deep-seated rage when I'm holding heavy weights over my head. That's not the kind of working out I want to do. I would much rather sleep at night than want to throw a weight across a room at someone."
Pregnancy had a big impact on Jessica Alba, who admitted, in Vogue
, to struggling with accepting her body in the past. "After the pregnancy, I felt liberated. I learned to accept my body and to give less importance to my appearance. Being a mother has taught me how to adapt to any situation."