The Best Body Positive Quotes from Celebrities
Body Image Quotes
Reminder: They might have glam squads and stylists, but famous women still have body image hang-ups like the rest of us. Since that's easy to forget, many of today’s celebrities make a point to stay transparent about their struggles and share advice. Need a quick confidence boost? These celeb body image quotes will inspire you to keep striving to love yourself even when it doesn’t come easily.
Unsurprisingly, Some of Chrissy Teigen’s best body-positive quotes have come in the form of Tweets. Recently, she wrote about coming to terms with her post-pregnancy weight gain. "'How do you eat like this??'—Basically I am 20 pounds heavier than I was before Miles," she tweeted. "He's 10 months old, I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much. Just coming to terms with my new normal, when I had this certain number for so long!"
Selena Gomez has embraced her post-kidney transplant scar, but she admitted that it didn’t happen right away. "It was really hard in the beginning," she told Billboard. "I remember looking at myself in the mirror completely naked and thinking about all the things that I used to bitch about and just asking, 'Why?' I had someone in my life for a very long time who pointed out all the things that I didn't feel great about with myself. When I look at my body now, I just see life. There are a million things I can do—lasers and creams and all that stuff—but I'm okay with it."
Last year, Camila Mendes explained why she was done with dieting. "I'm done believing in the idea that there's a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort. Your body type is subject to genetics, and while eating nutrient-dense foods and exercising regularly will make you healthier, it will not necessarily make you thinner, and the current system fails to make that distinction. I'm sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person."
Demi Lovato has made all manner of body-positive statement, from clapping back at body-shaming headlines to posting a photo that made her self-conscious to make a point about perfectionism. Last year, she wrote a series of tweets about the freedom that came with giving up dieting. "No longer depriving myself of treats (in moderation) and I’m not gonna lie, I put on a couple lbs since I’ve given up dieting BUT I’ve given up the chronic stress of what I eat because I don’t want to set that example for my fans. No more food shaming myself!!" she wrote.
Following her Super Bowl performance, Lady Gaga's stomach was under scrutiny (eye roll), so the singer spoke out with what became one of her best body positive quotes. "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," she wrote on Instagram. "No matter who you are or what you do. 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. Thank you so much, everyone, for supporting me. I love you guys."
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Taraji P. Henson drove home an important message about the pitfalls of social media in an interview with Extra Crispy. "You know when you get into your head about how you look? I know you’re comparing yourself. You compare yourself, and we live in a society where it’s hard not to do. But I want to tell you something, my babies. They use filters, OK? Don’t believe what you see on Instagram. They’re filters. Don’t believe everything you see in magazines. They have Photoshop! [Laughs] You know? So it’s all smoke and mirrors anyway, so stop comparing yourself to things that aren’t even real. Stop it."
"It can be really challenging in today's world for anyone—especially girls and women—to feel good about their bodies," the La La Land actress told Seventeen
a few years ago. "No matter how things look from the outside, we can all be super critical of ourselves and of our image in the mirror. I've seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight, or 'caving to pressure to be thin.' Keeping weight on is a struggle for me—especially when I'm under stress, and especially as I've gotten older." As for how she deals with the pressure? "I remind myself to be kind to myself, and as slightly ridiculous as it may sound, to treat myself in the same gentle way I'd want to treat a daughter of mine," she said. "It really helps."
Natalie Portman, who appeared in Jackie, was definitely under the microscope after she dropped a significant amount of weight to play a professional ballerina in
about what it was like to play her character, Nina, she said, "I like pleasure, I like joy. I'd never get to the point where I would starve or injure myself like Nina does. I'm the opposite—when I'm hungry, I eat, and I always make sure I'm eating something delicious." And while she's a driven person, she tries to keep things in perspective. "I'm tough on myself in terms of the standards I want to live up to, but that's also part of my pleasure: knowing you are being your fullest self. Being your fullest self is a lot of work." (To see how she trained for the movie, check out Natalie Portman's
After the actress, who's appeared in Hidden Figures and The Help, gave an interview backstage at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards where she briefly discussed her weight, she decided to make a longer statement on her Facebook page. In the lengthy post, she explained that "First of all, ladies and gents, here's what I am not doing.... I am NOT worrying about my weight! I am not trying to conform to an unrealistic model of beauty. I AM however being proactive in being the healthiest I can be. And before you ask, NO, awards season is not the reason." Right on! Her body positive quote continued: "Be happy in your own skin. If you are unhealthy, start by making small changes to become healthier. You are unique, beautiful, and worthy." (If you want more like Octavia's post, scope the best body positive moments of 2016.)
In a Twitter Q&A with Indiana University, everyone's favorite actress was asked what her advice would be for young actors trying to make it. The three-time Oscar winner's response was a surprising one: "For young women, I would say, don't worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that's your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now I don't. It's okay."
After receiving her first ever #SeeHer award at the Critics Choice Awards in 2016, Davis gave an acceptance speech that hit home with many of her fans. In her remarks, the actress who also plays the lead role in How to Get Away With Murder said, "You know, when I was handed Annalise Keating, I said, 'She's sexy, she's mysterious, you know?' I'm used to playing women who gotta gain 40 pounds and have to wear an apron. So I said, 'Oh God, I've got to lose weight, I've got to learn how to walk like Kerry Washington in heels, you know, I've got to lose my belly.' And then I asked myself, 'Well, why do I have to do all that?' I truly believe that the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, and I just recently embraced that at 51. I think my strongest power is that at ten o'clock every Thursday night, I want you to come into my world. I am not going to come into yours. You come into my world and you sit with me, my size, my hue, my age, and you sit, and you experience."
When questioned about whether she thinks Hollywood standards of beauty put unfair pressure on women to fight aging during an interview with Access Hollywood
, the Lion actress responded, "I just think everyone should do what they want to do. I mean, the world is tough now. It's tough on everybody, and the more you can put love in the world and be kind, be compassionate, and be generous, and the more we can emphasize that to each other, the better we're going to be." In other words, do you, treat others well, and the rest will fall into place—regardless of your size, shape, or age. (Need a little compassion boost? Give this loving-kindness meditation technique for inner peace a try.)
Veteran actress Kirsten Dunst (who starred in Hidden Figures) definitely has a good head on her shoulders when it comes to being in the spotlight. When a reporter from Hello!
asked her if there was anything she'd change about her looks (um, why is it okay to ask a question like this?), she gave one of the best body positive quotes: "If you'd asked me that about five years ago, I would have had a list of answers, but now I'm comfortable with what I have and I know that if I work out and stay healthy, I feel my best."
After Adams, who starred in the film Arrival, had her first child, she told Parade
, "Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body–meaning that it wasn't put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I was like, 'Look, I can carry a baby! I'm gaining weight right, everything's going well.' And I've had that relationship ever since." As for getting that post-baby body thing everyone talks about? Adams wasn't too concerned about dropping weight quickly. "I've been working out when I can, and I'm trying to eat in a healthful way, but losing weight is not my number-one priority," she said. (For another celeb perspective on losing baby weight, read what Kristen Bell has to say about the perfect post-baby body.)
Yet another of the amazing stars of Hidden Figures, Monáe has always stuck up for positive body ideals. When the singer and actress was asked about her habit of dressing conservatively by Elle Canada
back in 2013, she had a simple answer: "When I look at myself in the mirror, I'm attractive. I really have a nice body. And I had to pick: Do I want them to focus on my body? Do I want them to focus on how curvy and really, really gorgeous my figure is? Or do I want them to look at my music? What has more value? And I made that decision. I want them to focus on the message and the music because I feel like I have a higher calling." While we definitely think you should be able to show off your body and be taken seriously, we admire her desire to keep the focus on what really matters: her work.