12 Celebrities Who Remind Us That Being Ourselves Is the Hottest Accessory

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Every single one of us has dealt with body image issues and various insecurities. Famous people, in particular, read and hear hundreds of mean comments about their weight, style, and general appearance every single day. But most of them don’t let body shamers get away with this, often coming up with powerful or witty remarks to show us the power of self-love. Here are some celebrities who’ve stood up to online trolls.

1. Machine Gun Kelly

In early 2023, rapper Machine Gun Kelly, né Colson Baker, made a fashion statement with a metallic outfit and matching makeup during Milan Fashion Week. However, not everyone online enjoyed his daring look, and the artist noticed some unpleasant comments about his look.

Kelly then took to his social media to defend himself and shut down the haters. He wrote, “You can’t comment about my style if you have none. Keep your insecurities to yourself.”

2. Lady Gaga

The Born This Way singer has always been known for pushing boundaries and helping other people embrace their true selves. But her strong personality can often cause just as strong of a reaction. Once, after hearing some criticism about herself, Gaga took to her Instagram to beautifully address the questionable comments.

The singer wrote, “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.”

3. Chris Pratt

The tough Guardians of the Galaxy star proved that men aren’t immune to body shaming. Pratt once addressed some people that commented on his appearance to remind them that he can be affected by that too, saying, “Some have gone as far as to say I look ’skeletal.’ Well, just because I am a male doesn’t mean I’m impervious to your whispers. Body shaming hurts.

4. Lili Reinhart

Being a star of teenage dramas often brings a lot of attention to actors, and Reinhart, who’s known for her role on Riverdale, had to experience that firsthand. A few years ago, an unflattering photo of her made people think she was pregnant, when it was, in fact, false. The speculation got under the actress’s skin, but she didn’t leave it alone.

In response to the pregnancy rumors, Reinhart wrote, “It’s unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I’m pregnant. Nope. Not pregnant. This is just my body... My body is something that I will NEVER apologize for. My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that’s fine. So let’s not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger’s figure.”

5. Sam Smith

Smith has been through a lot over the last decade. The famous singer came out as non-binary in 2019, switching to they/them pronouns, and have dealt with weight fluctuations for several years now. Now, it finally seems that they have fully embraced themselves and feel comfortable in their skin, saying, “It paid off because I now have the opposite of body dysmorphia. I look fabulous... I feel liberated, released from the pressures I felt when I was young.”

6. Ashley Graham

Being the first plus-size Sports Illustrated model comes with high expectations, and Graham always delivers. Graham often shares her experience of being a plus-size woman and a mom, showing other women that they’re not alone. She’s also not afraid to respond to body shamers and explain to them what self-love means.

Graham once responded to trolls, explaining, “Every time after I post a workout video I get comments like, ’You’ll never be skinny, so stop trying,’ ’Don’t work out too hard, you’ll get skinny,’ ’Why would you want to lose what made you famous?’ Just for the record, I work out to: stay healthy, feel good, get rid of jet lag, clear my head, show big girls we can move like the rest of them, stay flexible and strong, and have more energy. I don’t work out to lose weight or my curves because I love the skin I’m in.”

7. Vin Diesel

Everyone’s favorite tough guy and Fast & Furious star, Vin Diesel, admits he has a dad bod and proudly embraces it. Once he posted on Instagram, saying, “Today one [journalist] wanted to see the dad bod. Haha. I am wondering if I should show the picture... Body shaming is always wrong!

Vin then confidently followed up with a shirtless pic: “For all the angels that love dad bod.”

8. Florence Pugh

Pugh is at the height of her movie fame at the moment after starring in films like Midsommar, Black Widow, and Don’t Worry Darling. Of course, she had to raise the topic of body acceptance, and she nailed it.

The actress got vulnerable in her Vogue interview: “We are human, we are bodies. Yes, I can put makeup on and look good for a premiere. But at the end of the day, I still have hair on the top of my lip and I still smell after a workout and I still get spots when I’m stressed. I think that attitude definitely has trickled down from when I was a child.”

9. Billie Eilish

In 2021, Billie Eilish did a beautiful photoshoot with British Vogue, in which she embraced her curves and showed more skin than usual. Before that, the singer was known for her baggy T-shirts and outfits, so her fans were surprised to see this new version of her. Unfortunately, Eilish received some criticism for dressing more daringly, but she had the perfect response.

The music star said, “Suddenly you’re a hypocrite if you want to show your skin, and you’re easy... If I am, then I’m proud... Let’s turn it around and be empowered in that.”

10. Emma Stone

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Most people might think that only bigger people get body-shamed, but that’s false. Emma Stone has experienced the other side of body shaming, and it’s not nice either.

The actress once opened up about her feelings on it: “I’ve seen a lot of comments that say, ’Eat a sandwich,’ or ’She looks sick.’ I’m not sick. I eat sandwiches... We’re always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short... I’m trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We’re shaming each other, and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”

11. Chrissy Teigen

Despite being a famous model and obviously gorgeous woman, Chrissy Teigen often has to deal with people who have too many opinions about her body. Once, Teigen posted a video in a swimsuit, which prompted body shamers to activate and dissect her proportions. She instantly shut it down in the best possible way, saying, “It’s okay I’ve been a rectangle my whole life, and it’s gotten me pretty far!

12. Selena Gomez

Sometimes it feels like Selena Gomez has to deal with critics every few months. The most recent body shaming incident happened after Gomez appeared at the 2023 Golden Globes. While the singer looked beautiful, some people online noted that she’d gained some weight. Gomez then came online and cleverly responded, “I’m a little bit big right now because I enjoyed myself during the holidays.

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