Celebs Who Give the Middle Finger to Body Shamers
Kim Kardashian and Emily Ratajkowski
After Kim Kardashian was shamed for posting her 'I have nothing to wear' nude selfie, she pretty much broke the Internet (again) with an epic open letter on her website timed to International Women's Day. She wrote, "It's 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming—it's like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me," she wrote. "I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy." If that weren't enough of an 'eff you' to the haters, she posted this photo yesterday alongside Emily Ratajkowski giving a literal middle finger to everyone who shamed her for her previous post. Emily posted the same photo on her account with the caption, "We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn't mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality. #liberated @kimkardashian". Preach, ladies.
We gained a whole new respect for Kesha when she opened up about her struggles with anorexia and bulimia in a first-person essay for ELLE UK
. Now, nearly two years later and back in the spotlight, she refuses to let anyone set unrealistic expectations for what she should look like or tell her how she should feel about her body. She posted this bikini pic with the caption, "not a slave to perfection right now. fuck it. ***body shamers please fuck off ain't nobody got time for it." Right? Don't people have better things to do? (Here's how to fight back against haters when it comes to negative body comments.)
After an Instagram meme skinny-shamed "Star Wars" actress Daisy Ridley, accusing her of setting unrealistic expectations for young girls and not having the curves of a 'real woman', she fired back with an Instagram post reminding the world that real women come in all shapes and sizes. She wrote, "I will not apologise for how I look, what I say and how I live my life 'cause what's happening inside is much more important anyway, and I am striving to be the best version of myself, even if I stumble along the way." (Get more on her stance against skinny-shaming here: Star Wars Actress Daisy Ridley Will Not Stand for Skinny Shaming)
Zendaya earned major cred in our book when she shared her anti-Photoshopping attitude with a before and after picture from a recent magazine shoot. "These are the things that make women self-conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self-love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it," she wrote. (ICYMI, Lena Dunham is also totally over with Photoshop.)
Supermodel Gigi Hadid shut down body shamers who criticized her for being too "curvy" for the runways with a lengthy post where she talked about how she represents a body image that hasn't been accepted in high-fashion before ("Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs"). She also said she has no tolerance for mean comments about her body. "I love that I can be sexy. I'm proud of it. I've said it before...I hope that everyone gets to a place in their life where they'd rather talk about the things that inspire them over the things that bring others down," she wrote. (Here's a closer look at Gigi's social media speech.)
After Selena Gomez (who also opened up about her battle with lupus not too long ago) received comments about her supposed weight gain, Selena Gomez responded in the best way ever: posting a sexy swimsuit photo with the caption: "I love being happy with me y'all #theresmoretolove". We second that! (P.S. See 10 Times Celebs Got *Really* Real About Being Healthy.)
After one Instagram commenter called Ariana Grande unsexy for being a "stick" without curves, she schooled him with this smart response: "We live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are. Diversity is sexy! Loving yourself is sexy!" she wrote. "You know what is NOT sexy? Misogyny, objectifying, labeling, comparing and body shaming!!! Talking about people's body's as if they're on display ASKING for your approval / opinion. THEY ARE NOT!!!! CELEBRATE YOURSELF. CELEBRATE OTHERS. The things that make us different from one another make us BEAUTIFUL. BODY BOUNDARIES. LOVE LOVE LOVE ONLY." If that weren't perfect enough, she also shared a video of herself waving goodbye at body shaming and slut shaming and misogynistic negative comments. Mic drop.
Demi Lovato—who recently posed in a nude, make-up free photo shoot for Vanity Fair—is all about owning her curves and shutting down haters. She posted this photo with the caption, "Learn to lurrrrrvveee yerrrrr currrrrvveees" (plus a ton of emojis). "I actually used to hate them... But then a special someone helped me learn how to love them... And he sure loves them....#squats #COOLFORTHE SUMMER" she added. And if you doubted her confidence, well, she's got a whole song about it! (The singer is already a big proponent of #NoMakeupMonday and one of our favorite #fitspirations for body positivity.)