Whether it's issues of body confidence, rumors, or negative comments, celebrities constantly face the brunt of harsh opinions. Here's how they stay grounded.
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When a reporter wrote a headline that focused solely on Demi Lovato's "fuller figure," she clapped back in a series of Instagram Stories. "I am more than my weight," she wrote. "I'm not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by diet culture. Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weigh. Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking."
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Ashley Graham always tells it like it is, so when someone commented on an Instagram video of her in a bikini to say that her "baby bump" was "looking good," she didn't hold back one bit in her response. "That's just called fat," she wrote in a blunt reply, spotted by none other than the @commentsbycelebs Instagram account.
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There are almost too many clap-backs to count when it comes to Chrissy Teigen, but back in September 2018, she crafted the perfect response to an Instagram commenter who said her short haircut made her face "look huge." Teigen replied, "Honestly wow thank you because when I wake up each morning I wonder what @bcnjw would do and then I try to make her happy so this was a mistake on my part."
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The 2019 Grammy Awards were a huge deal for Bebe Rexha, as it was the first time she'd ever been nominated. However, Rexha's excitement quickly turned into frustration when she found out that a number of fashion designers were refusing to dress her for the awards show, sheerly because of her size. "If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing," the singer wrote in an Instagram post. "But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less then [sic] by their size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys."
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Khloé Kardashian has been passionate about fitness for years now, so for most people, it wasn't a surprise to see her exercising during her pregnancy in 2017. And yet, some trolls still thought it was necessary to criticize her for sharing her pregnancy workout videos on Snapchat. In a tweet, Khloé clapped back, "For the ones who think they are physicians all of a sudden...MY doctor and I communicate and my workouts are cleared and highly recommended. Thanks kiddos!"
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Simone Biles isn't too keen on being told to smile, and she's not afraid to tell you that she doesn't like it—even if it happens on national television. During her time on Dancing With The Stars, the Olympic gymnast was receiving critiques and praises from the judges after a performance when host Tom Bergeron said, "I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments—you didn't." In response, Biles quipped, "Smiling doesn't win you gold medals." Well said, Simone.
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Lady Gaga delivered a killer performance at the Super Bowl LI halftime show in 2017, but trolls will be trolls, and many of them took to Twitter to shame the singer's body. Don't worry, though—Gaga set them straight in an Instagram post a couple of days later. "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," she wrote. "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."
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Taylor Swift charmingly stood her ground in an interview with ABC News: "People will find anything about you and twist it to where it’s weird or wrong or annoying or strange. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you—you have to have more fun than they do."
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In an interview with Psychologies Magazine discussing her role as Maleficent, Angelina Jolie drew a beautiful comparison between our lives and the lessons we learn from childhood stories: "We have a choice about how we take what happens to us in our life and whether or not we allow it to turn us. We can become consumed by hate and darkness, or we're able to regain our humanity somehow, or come to terms with things and learn something about ourselves."
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Kim Kardashian-West has been pretty open about her struggles with psoriasis, but that didn't stop the Daily Mail from running an insensitive story about her "bad skin day." Once she saw the article circulating, KKW tweeted the link and wrote, "It's psoriasis all over my face" with a crying emoji. Turns out, her humanizing comment on the story seemed to change the Daily Mail's tune a bit, as the article was quickly updated to include a more accurate, nuanced description of KKW's psoriasis flare-up.
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When a magazine published a story about rumored infidelity between Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, the Modern Family actress shut that BS down real quick with an Instagram post, which included a screenshot of the story's bogus headline, and several photos to discredit it. "The editor of this magazine is an idiot," Vergara wrote in the caption, along with a laugh-crying emoji. "If he is going to have my ring removed to created [sic] a 'fake' 'news' he should have made sure that he removed from social media all the other pictures of that award night in Rome where Im [sic] wearing it."
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On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Anne Hathaway openly discussed how she finally learned to let go: "If you don’t love yourself when someone else says horrible things to you, part of you is always going to believe them ... I feel like I've arrived in a place where maybe not every minute of every day, but way more than I used to, I have a tremendous amount of love and compassion for everyone else—and best of all, I have it for myself."
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On New Year's Eve, Madonna surprised a bar full of New Yorkers when she showed up at The Stonewall Inn and performed for the crowd. When videos of her performance started to circulate, rumors swirled that the singer had gotten butt implants and that she looked "ridiculous," according to Business Insider. A few days later, Madonna took to Instagram to respond to her haters. "Desperately seeking no one's approval," she wrote alongside a selfie in her festive NYE outfit. "And entitled to free agency over my body like everyone else!!"
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"Of course just like any human being I've made mistakes and unwittingly or carelessly spoken or acted but I always try to make any wrong right. That doesn't mean I won't stand up for myself by drawing boundaries and asking to be treated kindly and respectfully, but I don't do that with any rude or unkind intention—just with the same strength and honesty I think every one of us is entitled to," Katherine Heigl said in a Facebook Q&A chain.
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Jennifer Lopez told Glamour she takes haters with a grain of salt, saying, "I always joke about letting the haters motivate you. Everybody has that in their life, people who doubt them or make them feel less than they are. It just takes faith and belief in yourself, and you’ve got to dig deep into that. That has to come from you—nobody’s going to give you that."
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When the Daily Beast asked Kristen Stewart what she thinks of people who judge her acting abilities based only on her work in the Twilight movies, she responded, "I'm sure there are a ton of people out there who would hate [all] my movies; just as I'm sure there are people out there who are obsessed with Twilight and say, 'I watched the series, and she completely let me down, and then I watched every one of her other movies, and I f–––ing hate her!' And that's cool! Just don't watch my movies."
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Gwenyth Paltrow addressed online attackers prior to a surprise appearance at the Code Conference, saying, “You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”