Celebrities Who Battled Body Shaming With Poise and Panache
The sad part about Body Shaming is that, it’s always going to happen. But what’s the best we can do is to disallow the claws of few haters to pierce through your soul. And the ironical part of this malpractice is that even the celebrities are not spared from its adversities. Whenever someone steps out in this cruel world with a weight more or less than what is called ‘normal’, the spectators don’t hesitate even once to make out wretched remarks about the person. And celebrities on other hand owe their name to the fact that everything they are… will be celebrated!
Here are the instances where celebrities brought down body shaming with absolute grace and badass self-confidence.
1. Selena Gomez
After being fat shamed for her bikini snaps, the 23 year old revival singer had to go for a therapy. Such a sin it is in today’s world to have a fuller looking body. When the body bashing Twitterati failed to bring her down, she was put-down by the people for her sudden weight gain.
2. Tyra Banks
Recently for her little weight gain she was criticized and knocked down by the tabloids and internet trolls with body shaming comments. She was even catcalled by the names like ‘Thigh-Ra Banks’ to which she responded with sheer panache, “I have one thing to say to you: kiss my fat ass!”
3. Kelly Clarkson
After being publicly shamed by a British TV personality Katie Hopkins for not being lean as other models, she responded despondently on Ellen DeGeneres Show, “I love how people think that’s new, like, welcome to the past 13 years!”
4. Gabourey Sidibe
Following the steamy lovemaking scene between Gabourey Sidibe and her boyfriend in one of the episodes of Empire, social networking websites were flushed with cruel memes which included the snapshot of the scene with the words, ‘Damn, some of you people can’t even get a text back’. Gabourey got answers back the haters, ‘’I’m not sure how anyone could hate on love but that’s okay. You may have your memes’
5. J.K. Rowling
The author posted a picture of Serena clad in figure-hugging red knee-length dress after a troll responded in a body shaming comment to her congratulation tweet addressing Serena Williams’ sixth Wimbledon victory. JK Rowling has been always in her best form when it comes about putting people in their place.
6. Demi Lovato
The ‘Heart Attack’ hit maker posted a picture of herself lazing on a recliner, dressed in pink and white floral romper captioned, ‘Learn to lurrrrrvveeeyerrrrrcurrrrrvveees. I actually used to hate them… But then a special someone helped me learn how to love them… And he sure loves them…. #squats #COOLFORTHESUMMER.’ But the hate-makers didn’t seem to be affected by her captain, indeed. One of her critics wrote, ‘Still Fat’ in the comments. The critics went so far that one of them even went too far as he said, ‘*screams* my eyes! They burn.’
7. Emma Stone
For the most of her life, she has been bashed for being skinny by adults and her peers. She was even considered to have an eating disorder. Emma Stone expresses her concern about people becoming so obsessed with the unrealistic body expectations for women. She desolately says, “We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”
8. Kim Kardashian
In an interview with C magazine Kim made a revelation about her reasons for not smiling in pictures. She blamed body shaming practices by people as the main reason behind it. During her first pregnancy, she developed preeclampsia, which lead to her sudden weight gain and swelling. Instead of showing any concern for her, the haters started yelling ‘She can’t stop eating.’ Kardashian also made a statement that she doesn’t want to smile for people who made fun of her in her time of distress.
9. Sasha Pieterse
The 19 year old Sasha Pieterse has already been dealing with negative attitudes that the media shows towards women’s body. Addressing her abrupt weight gain, she put up, “We live in such a judgmental society that puts every kind of flaw, including weight gain, in the same category.And for those of you who are struggling with any health problem, hormone imbalance, and weight gain of any sort, I urge and encourage you to please deal with it in a healthy manor”
10. Alyssa Milano
The stand-up comedian and the host made a fat-shaming remark for Alyssa’s post baby weight gain to which Alyssa reacted while speaking toExtra’s Mario Lopez. She said, “I heard the comedian’s comment that was not so nice about my weight. It hurt me. I was affected by it and I wanted to remind him that I’m a human being and that this hurts.” The actress also accepted the apologies very cordially. Kudos to her!
11. Amy Schumer
After being called as ‘chubby’ and being passed on hate remarks on her figure, saying, ‘there’s no way she’d be an object of heated romantic interest in the real world’, she turned to twitter to respond. She posted a picture of herself with a caption reading ‘I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!’
12. Melissa McCarthy
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress opened up about her incidences of being fat shamed by critics and people. She talked over one of the issues with the critic who reviewed her movie ‘Tammy’ which was directed by her husband, Ben Falcone. To his body shaming remarks, the actress responded with utter composure, “Are you the one who wrote I was only a good actor when I looked more attractive and that my husband should never be allowed to direct me because he allowed me to look so homely?”
13. Kristen Bell
The House of Lies actress choked on ill bashing she faced for her post pregnancy weight gain. She, in an interview with the Redbook, made it a clear fact that she’s not the woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size. She also claimed that she stopped worrying about the ways she looks and the pounds she weighs.
14. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence had struggled for years with producers asking her to lose weight in order to get a role, while critics claiming that her body was too ‘big’ for playing the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. But today, Lawrence clears up $20 million paychecks.
15. Gulliana Rancic
Gulliana’s petite body weight has been a topic of discussion since months, before she herself decided to speak up for her being ‘too skinny’. In an interview with ‘People’s Magazine’, the anchor retorted to the shaming by saying, “God, if someone really thought I had an eating disorder, what a horrible way to approach it.” She also made it clear that her cancer suppressing medicines has been laying down ill effects on her healthy weight gain.
16. Christina Aguilera
While recording for her album ‘Lotus’ in 2012, Christina Aguilera reprimanded her label’s criticism over her being overweight. She responded to her label, saying, “You are working with a fat girl. Know it now and get over it”. She even told the Billboard, “My body can’t put anyone in jeopardy of not making money anymore—my body is just not on the table that way anymore.”
17. Bethenny Frankel
Bethenny Frenkel remains no alien to the shameless practice of Body shaming. She has often been criticized for being too thin. She got back on her haters by saying, “Being cruel in any way is terrible and people are cowards because now the people have Instagram and Twitter, and you don’t have to see someone face-to-face,” she voices her opinion in the Daily Dish exclusively. “It’s just nasty. We’ve gone to a nasty place, and any shaming, of any sort…it’s terrible.”
18. Nicole Richie
Just like Victoria Beckham, Nicole Richie’s weight has gathered a lot of humiliating body shaming remarks since years. But Nicole Richie took the remarks at stride and said, “I know I’m too thin right now, so I wouldn’t want any young girl looking at me and saying, ‘That’s what I want to look like.’”
19. Ariana Grande
An unknown source posted a hateful comment about the 22 year old singer, discriminating the two women on the grounds of their physicality. The comments read, ‘Got asked if I’d prefer @arielwinter1 or @ArianaGrande lol, it wud definitely be @arielwinter1 curves are sexy sticks aren’t.’ Ariana straightaway reposted the comment and directly responded to it. She said bashing the ill-practice of body shaming, “”I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man’s past, present or future PROPERTY/POSSESSION,I…do not. Belong. To anyone. But myself. And neither do you.”
20. Jessica Simpson
Critics came out to disparage the 35 year, calling her old and referring to her body as nasty. People often do forget that the actress is a 35 year old woman with two little children. The offensive comments included “Waist down looks funky,” “I’m sorry but her legs look distorted and odd. Too toned,” “Your legs look nasty,” and “Her legs are horrible. Sorry.” Some even suggested that she shouldn’t pose be posing for pictures anymore as she’s getting ‘too old’.