Celebrities can often seem impossibly perfect. After all, we generally see them in two situations – when they’re impeccably groomed and lit on a movie screen, or beautifully made up and styled on a red carpet or television interview. Even when celebrities are spotted by paparazzi going about their everyday lives, they generally look pretty good – and why shouldn’t they, when they can afford the top hair dressers, wardrobe stylists, personal trainers, personal chefs and more. Never a hair out of place, never an extra ounce on their toned frames.
Given all the access they have to personal services that help them maintain a certain image, it can be easy to think that celebrities are constantly walking around totally confident in their appearance. However, at the end of the day, celebrities are still people. Though someone may look at them and think they’re perfect, many of them have their own set of insecurities just like every other person.
They generally put a brave face forward and show up on the red carpet or movie set with a smile on their face. They send out positive messages – love your body, love who you are, accept yourself, everyone is unique, etc. However, every now and then in an interview, a celebrity will be a little bit more candid and reveal some of the facets of their appearance that they still feel insecure about.
Here are 10 celebrities and their body insecurities.
10. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is one of the hottest stars in Hollywood right now, with both critically acclaimed films and box office hits under her belt. She’s also known for her very outspoken attitude towards body image – namely, that women should not starve themselves to fit a certain body type or dress size. When she was preparing for the role of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film franchise, she stressed to her trainer that she wanted to look strong and not merely slim. Knowing all this, it might seem surprising that even Lawrence herself isn’t immune to a few insecurities. At the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, she wore a unique gown with a sheer skirt that exposed her legs. While she later said that she loved the dress, she also mentioned she felt uncomfortable exposing her thighs and stated “it’s hard for any woman to look at a picture of herself and like it.” She’s also commented to E! News on the red carpet about her ‘armpit fat.’
Beyonce is flawless on every red carpet and stage she graces, effortlessly executing dance moves and accompanying them with her golden vocals. However, even Queen B has insecurities. When asked whether she would change any parts of her body in an interview for her iTV special “A Night With Beyonce,” she mentioned two in particular – her feet, as they were beat up from years of dancing, and her ears. She regularly tops lists of the most beautiful women in entertainment, and she’s an incredibly savvy performer who has managed to stay on top for years on end – yet even she has things she’d like to change.
8. Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway has been outspoken about the struggle that women face in Hollywood regarding their weight, and has mentioned she isn’t immune to the worries. As she told Glamour magazine, “I still feel the stress over ‘Am I thin enough? Am I too thin? Is my body the right shape?’ It’s an ongoing source of shame for me.” She has fluctuated throughout her career, being a bit curvier when she first got her start in Hollywood, plummeting down to play the waifish Fantine in Les Miserables, returning to her normal weight, etc. Though Hathaway is slim, her preoccupation with her weight shows that it’s just as difficult in Hollywood as in the rest of the world, particularly when celebrities are under such scrutiny.
7. Taylor Swift
Tall blonde Taylor Swift has blossomed from a young country star to a pop phenomenon, and her star power shows no signs of slowing down. However, even she has insecurities. She has spoken about how difficult it can be to have even normal, human insecurities in Hollywood, as her celebrity status means all her insecurities are highlighted for the world to see. As she told InStyle magazine, “every single part of me has been dissected at some point or another by a blog writer or a 14-year-old girl on a comments page who says something really terrible.” She has mentioned being insecure in particular about her eyes after reading something online in which someone commented on how tiny they were. However, Taylor manages to keep her confidence and just shake, shake, shake it off.
6. Katy Perry
Many may remember Katy Perry’s Proactiv commercial, in which she was open and honest about her struggle with her skin and her insecurity about her acne. While some may suggest she only accepted the Proactiv contract for the money, Perry has truly had an ongoing insecurity about her skin, particularly since entering show business. She’s talked about the effect that big stage lights and constantly putting on thick make-up for performances had on her skin, and the way high definition technology has exacerbated her worries because of how it puts her skin under the microscope. While she’s forthright about her former need to add layer after layer of coverage to deal with her skin insecurities, she’s learning to accept her skin for what it is.
5. Cheryl Cole
British superstar Cheryl Cole, who shot into the public eye as part of the pop group Girls Aloud, has a body that many girls would love to have. She’s been at the center of many magazine and newspaper stories as people try to figure out exactly what she eats and what her workout regime is. However, even this bombshell has occasional worries. She has stated that she hates her legs (the legs that many around the world covet) and tries to cover them up whenever possible, although the skimpy outfits she wears on stage don’t always make that a possibility. She has also confessed to reading gossip magazines and making herself feel better by looking at the flaws of other celebrities. The girl from Newcastle is insecure at times, just like the rest of us.
4. Kate Moss
Kate Moss is one of the biggest supermodels of all time – however, when she started out, even she had a whole host of insecurities. With the help of photographer Corinne Day, and constant exposure to cameras, she slowly started to feel less self conscious about flaws like her crooked teeth. There’s one insecurity that has remained throughout her success, however – her legs. Moss suffers from bow legs, and as a result, has stated that she never, ever wears anything mid-calf because of how it makes her legs look. Moss has even gone so far as to get an assistant to cut and potentially damage a coat worth over $50,000 just because it was a mid-calf length garment.
3. Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes came into the public eye as the whip smart Joey Potter on popular teenage series Dawson’s Creek; since then, she’s evolved into a beauty and style icon. When she cut her long hair into a bob, all of Hollywood and the fashion world paid attention and praised her new, sophisticated look. However, despite her beauty and slim frame, even Holmes has her insecurities – and the body part she worries most about is one that countless women are insecure about. Which part exactly? Her thighs. She has stated that “I try to accept my imperfections, but I would never take my thighs. I therefore don’t show them… ever.”
2. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is frequently named as one of the most beautiful actresses on countless lists, so it may seem surprising that she’s had concerns about her appearance. Her world famous lips that some receive plastic surgery to imitate? She’s mentioned that she’s felt insecure about them, as they take over her face. She was forthright in an interview she had with Urbanette, saying “I struggle with low self-esteem all the time! I think everyone does. I have so much wrong with me. I’m odd looking. Sometimes I think I look like a funny muppet.” If only muppets looked so good! She’s even expressed dismay about her post-baby body, just like mothers around the world. Hopefully when she’s feeling insecure she can take a peek at her latest iconic red carpet moment.
1. Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer is in her 50s, yet she still looks better than many women do in their 20s or 30s. Her face is viewed as one of the most beautiful in Hollywood, and it ranks high on the criteria of the ‘Golden Ratio,’ a number that measures facial proportions to determine the most aesthetically pleasing structures. In a 1990 interview with People magazine, she commented that “I look like a duck. It’s the way that my mouth sort of curls up, or my nose tilts up.” She’s since laughed over the comments, but her former insecurity proves that even the most beautiful celebrities aren’t immune to feeling down about certain parts of their body.
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