"I hate to think that girls are like, 'She's so skinny! Her skin is so perfect!' I have pimples just like they do."
When the Pretty Little Liars actress was told she was "too fat" for a role, she was shocked. "I'm a size 2! I cried for 30 minutes, but then you have to let it roll off your shoulders or it could cause a serious eating disorder," she told Ocean Drive. "A lot of people in this industry hear they need to lose weight more times than they should. It does make you stronger, though. Because if you let that affect you, you can't be in this industry—you'd go crazy." She also decided then and there to show more "real" depictions of herself on social media. "I saw photos from a shoot of myself just the other day and thought, What the hell? That doesn't even look like me! I was so disappointed," she says. "I hate to think that girls are like, 'She's so skinny! Her skin is so perfect!' I have pimples just like they do." Proof: Zit cream selfies.
No f*cks given. In a series of tweets Tuesday, the Star Wars actress handily dispatched some losers who demanded refunds...because of her appearance in the film: "Please stop debating about whether or not👁[I have] aged well. Unfortunately, it hurts all my feelings. My BODY hasn't aged as well as I have. Blow us 👌." Then, like the badass she is, she retweeted some of the worst offenders and offered some wisdom on youth and beauty, "the happy by-products of time and/or DNA." Brava.
Tia Mowry is shutting down those who think her extra weight means she's pregnant. "I am not pregnant, I am just happy. I've gained these extra 10,15 pounds because of my cooking show...I'm just enjoying life and when I want to drop the pounds, I will, but right now I'm happy with who I am," Mowry said while on HuffPost Live. "But it is a form of body shaming, I will say that, and it's pretty unfortunate. We live in a society that is so obsessed with being perfect—why can't we just be us?"
"We need to be more supportive with body images, especially with women, showing that all sizes are beautiful," she continued.
After being told by her fashion agency that she was "too big" and "out of shape" to work in the fashion industry, the model dropped her representation and wrote a lengthy Facebook post that shut them down. "I will no longer allow you to dictate to me what's wrong with my looks and what I need to change in order to be beautiful' (like losing one fucking inch off my hips), in the hope it might force you to find me work," she wrote. "The more you force us to lose weight and be small, the more designers have to make clothes to fit our sizes, and the more young girls are being made ill. It's no longer an image I choose to represent."
The model emphasized that she will continue to *work* as a model, but on her own terms. "My mental and physical health is of more importance than a number on a scale, however much you wish to emphasize this."
Australian singer/songwriter Ricki-Lee Coulter hoped to share an inspirational message with her fans, and instead found herself battling trolls. Posting a makeup-free selfie showcasing her freckles, she wrote: "When I was a little girl I hated my freckles but one day my Pop told me they were just a whole lot of beauty spots & that girls with freckles are special. Now I love them!"
But after getting hateful comments, she fired back: "It makes me so sad that there are people out there that are so miserable in their own lives that they will turn a candid moment and a beautiful memory into something negative and nasty. Please do me and everyone else here a favor and unlike my page, then go and get yourself a life." Boom.
For what it's worth, we think you're gorgeous, Coulter.
The 20-year-old model recently took to Instagram to clear the air when it came to her body and its critics. After a number of mean messages on social media, she reminded her followers that she 1) does deal with insecurity but 2) is proud to represent a body type that "wasn't accepted in high-fashion before."
"Yes, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I'm not asking for special treatment. I'm fitting into my sample sizes. Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body," she wrote. "I hope everyone gets to a place in their life where they'd rather talk about things that inspire them over the things that bring others down," she finished. Read the full post here.
Selena Gomez doesn't care what you think about her weight or body. After stripping down for her new album cover, the star talked about the backlash she received while a guest on Power 106. "At the end of the day, this is not going to be a subject once the album comes out. The music is going to take over because that's how confident I am about it," she said.
"You have to understand that I dealt with a lot of body shaming this year and I've never experienced that before. I don't care about that stuff, but I did start gaining weight, and I didn't really mind it...Man, that hurt. That was really hurtful. Because I've experienced people who have tried to control that kind of stuff before, and I didn't care. This is my time. I want to do it the way I want to do it."
"It's not even about my weight. It's just that I'm not going to give a f--k what people say—sorry!" Gomez continued, stifling her curse word after she realized she couldn't say that on-air. "I'm not going to let them get to me. I can do what I want. I'm not doing that all the time. It's beautiful. It represents that it's bare. I don't want diamonds and things all over me for the cover, and really thick makeup. I wanted it natural, so...geez!"
As if you didn't love Serena Williams before, get ready to love her even more now. Chatting with Good Morning America, the star tennis player admitted she wasn't unfamiliar with hateful comments about her body, but that she loves herself.
"It's me, and I love me. I learned to love me. I've been like this my whole life, and I embrace me. I love how I look. I love that I'm a full woman and I'm strong and I'm powerful and I'm beautiful at the same time. And there's nothing wrong with that."
Most importantly, she doesn't give a shit what you say. "I have too many things to do. I have Grand Slams to win! I have people to inspire and that's what I'm here for." Game. Set. Match.
Agnes Hedengård, 19, has been working as a model for five years, but has been rejected for jobs recently numerous times because her developing body is seen as "too big." In a video posted to her YouTube account, both in Swedish and English, the model calls the industry "absurd."
"They think my butt is too big and my hips too wide," she says, showing off her tiny frame. "It's absurd and I hate it. I want other people to see this. Love yourself, and don't let anyone tell you different."
Notice anything off about CBS3 Philly's meteorologist? We don't, but trolls have been coming at her saying "sticking your pregnant abdomen out like that is disgusting." So Fehlinger took to Facebook to acknowledge her haters and declare her pregnancy pride.
"Frankly, I don't care how 'terrible' or 'inappropriate' anyone thinks I look. I will gladly gain 50 pounds & suffer sleepless, uncomfortable nights if it means upping my chances to deliver 2 healthy baby girls. Now it's about more than aesthetics. I want these babies to have the best start possible. And that hopefully means my belly that 'looks like it's about to explode!' will continue to grow the next few weeks."
But she didn't stop there. The TV personality took this opportunity to applaud all mothers and soon-to-be moms for their courage and strength to endure labor.
"I say let's raise a Shirley Temple to swollen feet, stretch marks, nausea, all the extra pounds and the dark circles! They're badges of motherhood. And for those of you who think that's 'disgusting', remember a woman went through the very same thing to bring YOU into the world."
The teen North Carolina suffers from Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, which covers 70 percent of her body with marks. Teased since she was young, 19-year-old Swaringen recently posted a photo of herself in a bikini to shut down the haters. "One day I remember being on the school bus and hearing a young boy laugh at me and call me a spotty dog," she said. "But I'm so proud to be different and, at the end of the day, we all have something about us that's unusual, whether it's on the inside or the outside."
Chrissy Teigen wants you to know that her outspokenness on social media doesn't call for mean comments on Instagram, especially not fat-shaming insults.
"It's almost like f**king walking up to somebody's house, knocking on the door and being like, 'You're fat,'" the Lip Sync Battle host told Us Weekly. "I don't know if they think they're ballsy or what. But if you're going to speak negatively about me, just do me a favor and don't tag me in it."
Because after all, there is indeed a real person on the receiving end of all those cruel remarks, as Teigen would like to remind her 3 million followers.
"I would like to say I read everything, because it's pretty damn close. Probably 99.5 percent of things I really do read. And if I'm not reading it, it just means that I missed it," the 29-year-old explained. "I mean, I think that people think that when they send you things, it goes off into space and you don't care."
While training for a 10K with her boyfriend, 26-year-old Lindsey Swift from Barnsley, England was heckled by a stranger about her weight as he hung outside the window of his white van. But Lindsey wanted to make sure that others aren't discouraged from taking the step toward becoming healthier.
"Let me make one thing very clear, I am not ashamed of my body. It has never stopped me from doing anything I want. My fat body has done things that you, hanging out of the window of your babe-magnet white van could only ever dream of. My fat body has been swimming in crystal clear Thai seas that you have probably only ever seen on TV. It has lived in countries you wouldn't dream of visiting and been a part of cultures you are too small minded to appreciate. My fat legs have carried me up mountains on more than one occasion. My fat brain speaks languages you probably don't see the point of learning, which is why you spend your time hanging out of van windows since you have nothing better to occupy it with."
Read the rest of the amazing post here. Keep doing you, Lindsey.
At the beginning of her career, Jennifer was told that she would be more successful if she were a smaller size. "Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet," she said. She refused to change, and the Oscar winner no longer feels pressure to lose weight, adding, "If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet,' I'm like, 'You can go fuck yourself.'"
When critic Jeffrey Wells called Amy "chubby" and "not conventionally attractive," she took to Twitter to show her happiness in her own skin. "I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!" she captioned a topless picture. When asked by USA Today about the comment, sheresponded, "From the bottom of my heart — I could not care less."
While pregnant, Kristen received criticism of her new shape. Her response? "I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size."
After Kim posted a selfie to Instagram, commenters fixated on her "chunky" legs. She posted another photo as a response, writing in the caption, "Yes I have thick or as some of my followers call them 'chunky' legs (Rude Ass People) always have and I love them that way." She continued to post photos in a bikini throughout her trip.
The UFC women's bantamweight champion has some seriously inspirational/kick-ass words for those who think her body is too masculine.
"I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing b*tch. A DNB. The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else," she says. "That's why I think it's hilarious if my body looks masculine or something like that. Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f*cking millionaires doesn't mean it's masculine. I think it's femininely badass as f*ck because there's not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose because I'm not a do nothing b*tch. It's not very eloquently said but it's to the point and maybe that's just what I am. I'm not that eloquent, but I'm to the point."
And that's how you shut down the haters.
When Max Reed described Melissa as "tractor-sized" and called her "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success," Melissa was stunned. "I just thought, that's someone who's in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot," she told The New York Times. "I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs."
When a viewer wrote news anchor Jennifer Livingston a letter, writing, "Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular ... I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle," she read the note on the air. In her response she said, "I am much more than a number on a scale." Yes, you are.
Khloé has received a lot of criticism about her weight, even from her mom. She has spoken out onKeeping Up With the Kardashians, insisting that you should never criticize someone's body. She embraced this mantra when her brother, Rob, came under fire for his weight gain, tweeting, "What shallow souls some of you are. It's sickening to critique anyone off of their appearance. Grow up!"
In response to criticisms about her size, Adele insists that she is perfectly happy with her weight. "I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines," she has said. "I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that."
Kristi Gordon, a meteorologist from Canadian Global BC News, read hate mail from viewers on the air that shamed her pregnant belly and the clothes she chose to cover it. In a blog post, Kristi explained how the comments hurt, saying, "No matter how rational or confident you are, the mean things people say can have an impact. The negative thoughts seep in when you don't even realize it." With the support of her viewers using the hashtag #KushionsForKristi, she shook off the haters.
After YouTube vlogger Loey Lane was inundated with a number of comments about her appearance in a bikini, she made a new video to discuss the topic. In "Why Fat Girls Shouldn't Wear Bikinis" she knocks down each (um, stupid) point, one by one, often made to shame larger women from wearing two-piece bathing suits. "Why is it that someone else can dictate that you are not allowed to put something on your body?...I didn't realize that there was a meeting and all of the people who are allowed to come in and decide what was attractive and what was not are now commenters on YouTube." Watch the inspiring vid.
When Instagram deleted Samm Newman's account, where she posted selfies in bras and boy shorts as part of a body-positivity movement, she fought back, claiming size discrimination. "They covered me entirely and I've seen pictures like that all over Instagram," she said. After speaking out, Instagram reinstated her account. "Fat is not a bad word," she continued. "How confident can you be if you keep censoring yourself because people don't want to look at you?"
When Twitter users posted insulting comments about Sarah's dress and size after she walked the red carpet at the BAFTA awards, she responded with an essay in the Radio Times. "I'm sorry. I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job," she wrote.
After a bathing suit photo of Tyra was published in tabloids under headlines like "Thigh-ra Banks," she put on the same suit on her show that the photo was a result of a bad camera angle. To the haters, she responded, "I have one thing to say to you: kiss my fat ass!"
During her 2012 pregnancy, Jessica received a lot of criticism from the media about her size. After giving birth, she spoke out, saying, "I think any woman who is pregnant and creating a life is pretty much entitled to eat whatever she wants as long as she's healthy. I wasn't going to let the media take away from what was one of the happiest times in my life."