When even Kim Kardashian is having noisy breakdowns regarding her growing sense of body dysmorphia on episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you know today’s beauty standards are messed up. Social media has been a great tool for celebrities to say how they really feel about all manner of topics – from the Harvey Weinstein scandal to sports and politics.
However, there is one topic we love hearing from them on more than any other, and that’s impossible beauty standards. It is comforting to know that some of the world’s most beautiful and famous women also struggle with image acceptance, and their empowering perspectives have helped aid legions of fans in doing the same. Read on to see what the likes of Lady Gaga, Chrissy Teigen, and Elizabeth Banks have to say.
After Lady Gaga delivered one of the most astonishing Super Bowl performances of all time, all anyone could talk about was the – it grosses us out just to repeat their idiotic statements – slight appearance of a muffin top. To us, she looked as tone and fit as ever. Those who hurl insults from behind the safety of an anonymous digital identity are called trolls for a reason – they act in ugly, cruel ways. However, she clapped back at the haters in the most Gaga way possible: by urging her fans to support a healthy self-image. She’s the best. We don’t deserve her. Or at least those vile body-shamers don’t.
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. 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. Xoxo, gaga
Tracee Ellis Ross
In this hilarious behind-the-scenes video chronicling Tracee Ellis Ross’ brush with nostril waxing, her reactions had us screaming with laughter. However, it also shows just how far these impossible beauty standards have taken us when even the inside of our nose is supposed to be hair-free (Pro-tip: nostril hair is actually necessary for capturing debris before it enters your nasal passages, so don’t wax it off). Can we just agree to quit all beauty practices that double as medieval torture devices?
Hilary Duff’s beach moment with her son was ruined by paparazzi sneaking snaps of her perfectly fine behind, and then selling those intimate photos to magazines that crowed, “Look at her flawed body!” Instead of ignoring the idiotic insults, Duff took them on, turning a body-shaming moment into an opportunity to celebrate her incredible physique and the body that birthed her son Luca. Flex, Duff, flex!
I am posting this on behalf of young girls, women, and mothers of all ages. I’m enjoying a vacation with my son after a long season of shooting and being away from him for weeks at a time over those months. Since websites and magazines love to share ‘celeb flaws’ – well I have them! My body has given me the greatest gift of my life: Luca, 5 years ago. I’m turning 30 in September and my body is healthy and gets me where I need to go. Ladies, lets be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed. You guys (you know who you are!) already know how to ruin a good time, and now you are body shamers as well. #kissmyass 😛✌🏻
The whole point of objectifying women – an act that both Hollywood and the fashion industry are repeatedly guilty of – is to reduce them to an object, a static figure with no voice, opinion, or personality. Fortunately, there are brainy, hilarious, and talented women like Elizabeth Banks who remind us that these reductive standards are totally bogus. We heartily echo this sentence, “Being praised for my looks is nice but not nearly as satisfying as being praised for my accomplishments or deeds.”
#TBT This is what I was working with at age 14. Acne. Frizz. Haircuts by my friend @sorayaweddings and homemade jewelry cuz money was tight. Like now, I had days when I felt beautiful and proud and days when I felt low and despondent. Like now, I mostly tried not to worry about what I look like because I also have a powerful brain, lots of abilities, kindness and creativity and at the end of the day, those inner qualities are what I value the most about myself. But yeah, looking fine feels good too so, ya know, #balance The thing I know now that I didn’t back then is that any energy I put into looking cute has to be about me and not about pleasing or attracting anybody else. Being praised for my looks is nice but not nearly as satisfying as being praised for my accomplishments or deeds.
Chrissy Teigen might be a former model, but she’s accessible and likable because she’s so real. Teigen is never one to disguise how much effort goes into making her look red-carpet ready, and always supportive of her beauty team. One of our favorite things about her is how she doesn’t pretend to be flawless, doing adorable things like nicknaming her stretch marks “stretchies” and lovingly doting on them.