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.
Lookie here: We should all be so blessed to have the swag and beauty of this body positivity warrior!
“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.
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.”
The supermodel is not here for comparing your body to other folks’.
Get into the “Empire” star’s unwavering confidence!
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.”
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.”
I'm so proud of this wonderful book that @greggdelmanphoto made. The positive body image that is shown throughout is a healthy one and what I stand for. The image on the left was photoshopped to smooth out my leotard. No altering was done to my body. I'm happy and proud of my body and would never participate in changing it.
The “Dreamgirls” star is consistently clear about how her body makes her awesome.
The model never fails to represent for the 67% of women who wear size 14 and up.
I grew up rarely seeing anyone who looked like me reflected in the media, and it's one reason I'm so passionate about sharing my outfits now--I know the importance of diverse representation. 67% of American women are plus size and we deserve visibility. Thank you to @Refinery29 and their partner @LaneBryant for launching The 67% Project, making 67% of the bodies on their site plus size. Moments like this are what we have been working for. Now let's #SeeThe67 everywhere! #ad
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.”
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.”
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.”
“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.”
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.
Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it😍😘 Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.
“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.”
“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.
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.”
(Photos from Left: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions, Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for AHA, Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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