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Inspirational Celebrity Tattoos Show Serious Strength

Sarah Hyland

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Hyland has quite a few tattoos (including one that helps her chill out when she's feeling stressed), but her most recent addition is particularly inspiring. In an Instagram caption, she explained the meaning behind this delicate geometric ink: "The best way out is always through." —Robert Frost

How's *that* for a positive attitude?!

Photo: Instagram/@sarahhyland

Rihanna

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Though it might be tough to read from afar, Rihanna's shoulder tattoo actually says: "Never a failure, always a lesson." The singer had the tattoo done backward so that she can read it whenever she looks in the mirror.

Photo: Instagram/@badgalriri

Lucy Hale

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While Hale's vintage-style lightbulb tattoo is certainly pretty, there's another meaning behind it. In her caption, she explained simply: "Be the light." Seems like the perfect reminder to look at the bright side of things, even when times get tough. (Related: Cool Fitness Tattoos That Just Might Make You Want to Get Inked Up)

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Simone Biles

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There's nothing more badass than an Olympics tattoo—plain and simple. While this particular design might not be appropriate for us mere mortals, it's still strong AF.

(ICYDK, Biles is inspiring for a whole host of reasons—including that time she cleared some things up after being trolled for taking a vacation.)

Photo: Instagram/@simonebiles

Demi Lovato

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Lovato's five-plus years of sobriety is nothing short of incredible, and this "stay strong" tattoo she got when she completed rehab in 2011 is one of her secret weapons.

Photo: Instagram/@ddlovato

Miley Cyrus

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Cyrus has many tattoos (including one of everyone's favorite food, avocados), but the one she got last year to show her commitment to the vegan lifestyle is definitely one of the most impressive pieces of art on her body.

(Obsessed with Miley? Us too. Scope her new Converse collab which involves both platforms and glitter.)

Photo: Instagram/@mileycyrus

Jourdan Dunn

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The dainty script on this Victoria's Secret model's forearm reads: "Fear is not an option".

(Dunn's no stranger to providing fans with motivation. She recently launched her own line of #ActuallySheCan inspirational workout tanks.)

Photo: Instagram/@jourdandunn

Paris Jackson

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Jackson is all kinds of spiritual, so it's no surprise that she had the seven chakras tattooed on her chest.

(Check out even more celebrities with tattoos for a little artistic inspiration.)

Photo: Instagram/@parisjackson

Selena Gomez

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Gomez has a few tattoos, but the one that speaks to her commitment to mental health is the tiny semicolon she got with her 13 Reasons Why costars Alisha Boe and Tommy Dorfman. A semicolon tattoo is used to represent suicide awareness since it signifies the moment someone chooses not to end a sentence, but to continue on. (Related: 5 Ways to Support a Loved One Struggling with Depression

Photo: Instagram/@tommydorfman

Lea Michele

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The message of Lea Michele's wrist tattoo is simple yet poignant: "I believe." (Related: Tiny Tattoos That Represent Serious Strength)

Photo: Instagram/@leamichele

Cara Delevingne

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Delevingne's tattoos include a lion and the word "bacon" (yes, really), but the ink that really shows how strong she is would be this dainty snake tattoo on her hand. While it's definitely pretty, there's more to the story than meets the eye. When asked about the tat, the model/actress told The Sun that it signified reinvention, new beginnings, and shedding of old skin. Pretty cool, right?

 

 

 

 

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Kylie Jenner

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Jenner has never fully explained her hip tattoo, but it appears to be a phonetic spelling of the word "sanity." Reading between the lines, we'd guess that she possibly got this ink to remind herself to prioritize her own well-being, which is pretty awesome. (BTW, Kylie Jenner Is Reportedly "Very Self-Conscious" of Her Changing Body During Pregnancy)

Photo: Instagram/@kyliejenner

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