They work in an industry where slim is in, and you can win or lose your career on the basis of your appearance. Add that to the fact that they’re young women in a society that continues to value how you look just as much – or more – as your talent. Despite those odds, the celebrities celebrated here have dared to be different. They’re leading the way to a new definition of beauty, where who you are, from your professional talents to your personal values, is what matters. For that reason, they are empowering women and girls of all ages to believe in the benefits of positive body image rather than viewing themselves through the eyes of their scales.
- Lady Gaga: When the media went mad for her weight gain, Gaga took the high road. She showed off her body in photos, discussed her eating disorder history and celebrated a new “body revolution” that her fans and even foes had to love.
- Demi Lovato: This young star can give lessons on body image to celebrities twice her age. She talked openly about her eating disorder in hopes of helping other young girls, and recently posted make-up-free photos, emphasizing natural beauty. “Ladies, be brave today,” she tweeted. “Take off your make-up and stop using those filters!! WE are beautiful!!!”
- Adele: “The first thing to do is be happy with yourself and appreciate your body — only then should you try to change things about yourself.”
- Lena Dunham: “”I realized that what was missing in movies for me was the presence of bodies I understood” she said in reference to her empowering HBO show “Girls.”
- Melissa McCarthy: “I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it – it wouldn’t help, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls,” she says. “Pretty much everyone I know, no matter what size, is trying some system,” she shares. “Even when someone gets to looking like she should be so proud of herself, instead she’s like, ‘I could be another three pounds less; I could be a little taller and have bigger lips.’ Where does it end?”
- Allison Tate: This writer became a celebrity when she dared to challenge the concept that mothers should regain their pre-baby bodies in order to be acceptable, writing: “I look at pictures of my own mother, I don’t look at cellulite or hair debacles. I just see her — her kind eyes, her open-mouthed, joyful smile, her familiar clothes. That’s the mother I remember. My mother’s body is the vessel that carries all the memories of my childhood. I always loved that her stomach was soft, her skin freckled, her fingers long. I didn’t care that she didn’t look like a model. She was my mama.”