17 Black Women Who Have Clapped Back at Body Shammers

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17 Black Women Who Have Clapped Back at Body Shammers

These stars celebrate ALL body types and dgaf if you don't like it.

Published November 30, 2016

No matter what your body type, we think that you should celebrate who you are but we all know that loving yourself is journey. These women have served as role models for the body pos cause and never miss an opportunity to remind us (and their haters) that our bodies are perfect the way they are.

  1. Danielle Brooks

    Lookie here: We should all be so blessed to have the swag and beauty of this body positivity warrior

    I had to check in with myself real quick. Hope someone out there feels me. 💪🏾#voiceofthecurves

    A video posted by Danielle Brooks (@daniebb3) on

  2. Serena Williams

    “I want women to know that it’s okay. That you can be whatever size you are and you can be beautiful inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful, and what’s not, and that’s not right,” said the tennis star with the body that launched a million Drake songs.

    New season. New moves. Coming soon... 😍💃🏽#Berlei

    A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

  3. Rihanna

    She may look perfect on stage, but even RiRi has thoughts on longing to be something you are not: “You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins…. But you have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy.”

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Rihanna attends the 2014 CFDA fashion awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 2, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
  4. Tyra Banks

    The supermodel is not here for comparing your body to other folks’.

  5. Gabourney Sidibe

    Get into the “Empire” star’s unwavering confidence!

  6. Oprah

    Mama O stays inspiring us all to be better to ourselves: “I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.” 

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Oprah Winfrey attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
  7. Misty Copeland

    From her book to the documentary on her life and career, the barrier-breaking ballerina never shies away from talking about how body type intersects with race and how being strong is more important than being “normal.”

  8. Amber Riley

    The “Dreamgirls” star is consistently clear about how her body makes her awesome.

  9. Gabi Fresh

    The model never fails to represent for the 67% of women who wear size 14 and up.

  10. Beyoncé

    When she won the CFDA Fashion Icon award in June, Bey told the industry folks in the room that they can do better: “We have an opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection,” she said. “Soul has no color. No shape, No form. Just like all your work, it goes so far beyond what the eyes can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, to show people how to embrace their complications and flaws and see the true beauty that’s inside all of us.”

    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06:  Beyonce accepts The CDFA Fashion Icon Award onstage at the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
  11. Dascha Polanco

    The “Orange is the New Black” star gives no Fs if people don’t love her body just the way it is. “I used to be made fun of for having a big butt (a ‘watermelon ass,’ they'd call it!) and big legs,” she told Vogue. But she realized her body—and those like it—is an asset. “This is mass. This is volume. This is strength. This is what makes me Dascha and what makes me unique from anyone else.”

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Actress Dascha Polanco attends The Blonds fashion show during MADE Fashion Week September 2016 at Milk Studios on September 11, 2016 in New York City.   (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
  12. Kerry Washington

    The “Scandal” star, who just had her second child last month, can’t stand when people talk about her body in terms of needing to change. “A few weeks ago, my manager asked: ‘Do you feel like you’re back? I feel like you’re back,’” she told Self magazine. “She meant it as a total compliment, but we had this great conversation where I was like, ‘You know what? I try really hard not to use that language, because it’s not about going backward in life,’” she explained. “It’s the site of a miracle now. I don’t want to be pre-miracle.”

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Actress Kerry Washington attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
  13. Jazmine Sullivan

    “I know that I represent a lot of women out there who aren’t used to seeing themselves portrayed, and I’m happy to be that woman. I feel everybody needs to see themselves. Everybody needs to be able to look up to someone and see somebody that looks or acts like them so that they can be inspired,” she told The Huffington Post. “Love yourself the way you are.... It’s a constant struggle, so I don’t want to preach something that’s unrealistic. Because where I’m at, I’m constantly reminding myself of my good qualities and trying to affirm myself positively. So I understand sometimes you’re just not feeling yourself, but you have to love yourself for who you are.”

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11:  Singer Jazmine Sullivan attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for VH1)
    (Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for VH1)
  14. Zendaya

    The singer and actress is not here for the bull. When Modeliste magazine Photoshopped her body, she went off, explaining how the magazine’s actions fuel body insecurities.

  15. Queen Latifah

    “I was not born a size two. I’m not skinny, period,” she told Good Housekeeping. “When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.”

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30:  Actress Queen Latifah accepts the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie award for Bessie onstage during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_013  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
    (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)
  16. Chrisette Michelle

    “I don’t identify with any of the terminology these days because it puts you in a box. In my house there was never any pressure to be small. I didn’t know that I was curvy until I had my first magazine interview, and I was asked what was it like to be curvy. In my house, I just had hips,” the singer told The Curvy Fashionista.

    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: Chrisette Michele performs a song for President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Madam Ho Ching at the White House on August 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. The Obamas are hosting the prime minister and his wife for an official state dinner.  (Photo by Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty Images)
  17. Alicia Keys

    From her #NoMakeup crusade to her thoughts on body image, Keys is not shy about speaking out: “I think that we as females are like the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures on the world I think that we’re gorgeous no matter what size we are.”

    NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09:  Alicia Keys performs in Times Square on October 9, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Alicia Keys)
    (Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Alicia Keys)

Written by Kenrya Rankin

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