10 Times Taylor Swift and Her Squad Proved Body Confidence Is the Ultimate Goal
During her many years in the spotlight, Gomez has taken her fair share of heat. But nothing burned as badly as the body shaming she received over photos taken while vacationing in Mexico this year. Utterly ridiculous? Yes! (Have you seen the "Good for You" video?! Damn, girl.) Still, Gomez admitted to Extra TV, "I would be lying to you if I said it didn't kind of hurt my feelings." But instead of letting the haters get her down, she's rising up—recently revealing that she used the negative experience as inspiration for her new album, aptly named Revival. According to Gomez, her ability to stay positive is all thanks to her close knit group of GFs. Squad power, indeed!
She's never one to shy away from provoking a little controversy, but this time the always outspoken Lena Dunham is making her point by saying very little at all. After posting a photo on Instagram clad in nothing but a Calvin Klein bra and her boyfriend's boxers, the snap caused a frenzy of hateful body shaming from her followers. Instead of absorbing the abuse, Lena decided to take a giant step back. She now claims to tweet through a third party and doesn't bother reading the comments. In fact, she doesn't even know her password. Bye, Felicia. (We're Loving Lena Dunham's Body-Confident Sports Bra Pics, BTW.)
Ever since she took a public stand over this year's Fashion Police "patchouli" fiasco, Zendaya has been known as a confident force to be reckoned with (not that she wasn't before!). At just 19, the Disney star is strong in her determination to own and honor her heritage and to speak out against racial injustices in the media. Now, her trailblazing style is being solidified as an icon for young girls: Mattel has just revealed the new Zendaya-inspired Barbie doll. A spokesperson for Mattel explains, "She's a role model who is focused on standing up for yourself, your culture, and for what you believe in—that's very relevant for girls."
If you think that supermodels don't sweat, Karlie Kloss is here to tell you they do! Swift's number one sidekick is no stranger to the gym. That's right, Kloss is clearly a fan of treating her body like a temple—enduring regular and diverse sweat sessions. From boxing to barre, pilates to yoga, running and gliding, the model's Instagram account is the sheer definition of #fitspo; littered with inspirational photos and captions displaying all of her athletic adventures. (Check out 14 Times Karlie Kloss Inspired Us to Work Out.)
Kendall is generally known as the quietest of the Kardashian-clan. But just because she's modest in comparison to her loud and sexy sisters doesn't mean she doesn't own her body like a lady-boss! After stepping out in a sheer, white dress, the supermodel un-bashfully revealed that she has a nipple piercing. She tells Page Six, "I was going through a period in my life, having a rough time, being a rebel and was like 'Let's just do it.'" She's also speaking out against the thigh-gap obsession saying, "I wish people would stop worrying about thigh gaps. Seriously, I think it's so pointless. I don't even know why it's a thing... It's just awful." Damn straight, doll.
Despite having struggled with body acceptance in the past, lately Demi has become the poster girl of confidence...literally! Her new album is called Confident and she's owning every bit of that label. Sexy performances, skimpy ensembles, sultry photo shoots, Lovato is finally learning to celebrate her curves, telling Complex Magazine, "I'm not naturally super thin. I have an athletic body. I just have to embrace that. There are days when it's hard to, but more and more, there are days where I'm actually proud of my body." Insert fist pump emoji, here. (And see more Celebs Who Aren't Afraid to Break a Sweat.)
Over the last few years, Taylor's Brit buddy Ellie Goulding has gone from a sweet-voiced alterna-sweetheart to a totally sexy siren! Her confident image has become clear, thanks to her most recent video, "On My Mind." In the sultry video, Goulding shows off more skin than ever—baring some impressive side-boob and even appearing completely topless, with strategically placed hands, of course. But, despite the new sexed-up image, Goulding maintains a modest and level-headed approach to the fame game, she tells British Glamour, "I feel like I've got a good sense of humor and I like to think that I'm a smart person—and the truth is that you can't spend every day worrying about your looks...you'll never be happy until you make a conscious decision to accept yourself." #Truth
Over the years 18-year-old Kiwi sensation, Lorde, has proven she's all about being real. Last year she posted un-retouched photos of herself, acne and all, reminding fans it's OK to have flaws. And, it looks like her body-positive outlook hasn't changed. Last month's crazy fashion week schedule clearly took it's toll on Lorde's body. In fact, she posted a super candid pic on Instagram showcasing a nasty eye infection. The rambling caption that accompanied the photo beautifully described her self-acceptance, reading, "The skin is peeling of my lips and hands these days I very rarely see the sun and my eye is weeping...it's the Kanye show where the freaks are beautiful so why not say f**k it and let's dance with the melodrama?" Dance girl, dance!
She may be one of the most sought after models in the world, a certified Angel, and the wife of a super famous rocker, but if you check out Lily Aldridge's social media accounts, you'll see she's not shy to show off her natural side. In between the perfectly primped photos are glimpses of Lily's barefaced beauty—no concealer, no gloss, no lashes, just the real, raw deal. This is the kind of honesty we need more of from Hollywood—pull back that cashmere curtain, grab a face wipe, and show us that you accept yourself without all the glitz and glamour, and so should we. (Here, a few of Our Favorite No-Makeup Celebrity Selfies.)
Proving that no one is immune to the ridiculous body scrutiny, It girl Gigi Hadid recently had her own run-in with online bullies. But Hadid won't have it! After an onslaught of negative comments following her appearance at NYFW, she immediately posted an open letter to the haters. Among the body-positive messages in the mic-drop-worthy Instagram post, the 20-year-old vixen declares, "Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body...If I didn't have the body I do, I wouldn't have the career I do. I love that I can be sexy. I'm proud of it." Preach!