We all have our fair share of insecurities; from small blemishes, to wearing the right clothes, to being the right weight; the media (and maybe even our own self-doubt) helps pressure us into doing some pretty terrible things to our body.
As of late, celebrities are taking a stand against the media and what they’re doing to young girls and their self-esteem. From crazy cover shoots that slimmed down Britney Spears’ legs and tummy for the Candies Photo Shoot, we can see exactly the reason why women in the world feel that they have to look and be a certain way. BUT, if you take a look at these wonderful women, you’ll see who is fighting back towards the media, and who wants their fans to know that they battle with “perfection” just like we all do.
10. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga isn’t backing down on the stereotype of having the “perfect body”. She started a page titled “A Body Revolution 2013” on her Little Monsters site to help encourage fans to be happy about their body and be confident. She stated, “Be brave and celebrate with us your ‘perceived flaws’ as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous”. You rock Lady Gaga!
9. Mindy Kaling
The beautiful Mindy Kaling (who has her own show, The Mindy Project) took a stand in her interview with Vogue on the problems with weight and the media. Mindy stated: “I don’t want my tombstone to say, ‘she hid her imperfections on the red carpet’”.
8. Kate Winslet
The absolutely gorgeous Kate Winslet has had many quotes about her weight and body insecurities, and wants to share them with others. A mother of two, she looks great, but still has her fair share of doubts. Winslet said: “I don’t think I look too bad for a mother of two. But women shouldn’t have to feel the pressure to compare themselves to actresses or models.” You said it!
7. Jennifer Aniston
Who doesn’t love Jennifer Aniston? The gorgeous star has always been the media’s target practice, but she doesn’t take a fight sitting down. She’s gone through her fair share of media coverage, and one of them in particular includes her weight. Aniston once stated: “You’re damned if you’re too thin, and you’re damned if you’re too heavy. According to the press, I’ve been both. It’s impossible to satisfy everyone, and I suggest we stop trying.” Her quote has inspired many fans to quit comparing themselves to that of impossible body structures.
6. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is the hot topic of any media coverage right now. She knows how to speak her mind, and make us love her even more! With her role in the Hunger Games, she knows a lot of girls are looking up to her as a role model. Jennifer told the press: “I’m never going to starve myself for the part […] I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner!’”. What a great role model to look up to.
5. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts is probably the Queen of movies, and it’s easy for her to be the hit of criticism every now and then from the media. Due to the many movies she’s starred in, she’s had to lose and gain weight for certain roles, and has learned what she truly loves from her body because of it. She told the media, “It’s silly to consider it a personal triumph for myself that in almost 24 years in show business, I’ve weighed within a range […] I think it’s important for us to start perpetuating the healthy, happy way of looking at is as opposed to supporting the negative ideal of what a girl should ideally look like.” You said it Julia!
4. Demi Lovato
It’s sad to think that Demi Lovato ever had such bad insecurities that she had to receive treatment, because she looks absolutely stunning! Her first single, “Skyscraper”, shows just how far along she’s come to accept the way she looks and feels. Since she’s had body insecurities since she was little, she wants to be the one that other girls can look to. She says, “I want to be the person for other girls that I needed to admire when I was looking for help and strength. It’s okay to love your body the way it is, and it’s okay to reach out for help if you have drug or alcohol problems […].” Demi has come a long way, and we’re excited for her health and happiness.
3. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has undergone a complete transformation from her Disney persona, but that doesn’t mean she’s untouchable with cruel words said by the media. Cyrus took to Twitter after a magazine called her “rounder”. Miley tweeted, “By calling girls like me fat, this is what you’re doing to other people [she included a photo of an emaciated woman] I love myself and if you could say the same you wouldn’t be sitting on your computer trying to hurt others”. Although Miley may be seen as a rebellious role model, at least she knows where she stands on her health and well-being.
Rihanna has gone back and forth on her weight, but it’s refreshing to see a beautiful star like herself, have the same insecurities as us average joes. She once admitted she worked out “too much” and wanted her “old butt back”, because of the media pressuring her. As of late, Rihanna is happy with her figure (proved by her dress at the CFDA awards). She was seen to have stated, “Being a 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”.
Probably one of the best female celebrities to stand out against the media is the incredibly talented vocalist, Adele. She is constantly having to tell the media that she simply doesn’t care. One of her best quotes against the media, “I’ve seen people where [insecurities] rule their lives, who want to be thinner […] and how it wears them down. I don’t want that in my life. I have body insecurities, of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me”. Take it by storm, Adele.
Whether we get anxious about the way our hair looks, or the way our legs look when we sit on a chair, us girls gotta stick together. These are powerful and beautiful women to look up to, and they have the same body issues as the rest of us. The media will have a pretty powerful fight with these celebrities, and we’re here to back them up.