These inspiring celebrities are done with unsolicited comments about their weight. Now, they are taking their part in putting an end to body criticism
In mainstream culture, body criticism is unconsciously tolerated. Let’s put an end to it by practicing kindness. Ariana Grande once said “You never know what someone is going through. So even if you are coming from a loving place and a caring place, that person is probably working on it or has a support system that they are working on it with, and you never know. So be gentle with each other and with yourselves.”
It is given that commenting on someone’s weight is one dangerous practice one must unlearn. To introduce a refreshing conversation about it, we explored inspiring moments where celebrities expertly and gracefully addressed body criticisms.
In a candid video, Ariana Grande gracefully spoke about the criticisms she has received about her body. “I know personally for me, the body that you have been comparing my current body to was the unhealthiest version of my body,” she explained. “I was on a lot of antidepressants and drinking on them and eating poorly and at the lowest point of my life when I looked the way you consider my healthy but that in fact wasn’t my healthy. And I know I shouldn’t have to explain that but I thought that maybe having an openness and some kind of vulnerability here would be—that something good might come from it, I don’t know. But that’s the first thing: Healthy can look different.”
Even Rare Beauty Founder Selena Gomez has had enough of body criticism. In a live video, the artist bravely said “I’m not a model and I’ll never be.” In addition, she clarified “I tend to hold a lot of water weight and that happens very normally, and then when I’m off it I tend to kind of lose weight.” Of course, Gomez did not miss to inspire her audience to practice kindness “I just wanted to say and encourage anyone out there who feels any sort of shame for exactly what you’re going through when nobody knows the real story, you’re beautiful and you’re wonderful.”
Lizzo has always been an advocate for body positivity. In a recent video, the artist pointed out that the discourse around bodies is officially tired. “Are we ok? “Do you see the delusion?” she bravely addressed all the comments that are continuously pressuring her to lose weight. “Do we realize that artists are not here to fit into your beauty standards? Artists are here to make art. And this body is art. And I’m going to do whatever I want with this body.”
Emma Stone is not exempted from body criticism. In an interview Seventeen, the actress expressed her great hope for women to start being kinder to themselves so that they can be kinder to each other. “Stop shaming ourselves and other people: ‘too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too anything.’ There’s a sense that we’re all ‘too’ something, and we’re all not enough. This is life. Our bodies change. Our minds change. Our hearts change.”
Iza Calzado is also vocal about body positivity. In an empowering post, the actress captioned “Meet Big. She was teased a lot by her family and friends. A lot of them were well-meaning and even came from a place of love and concern but the truth with name-calling or labels is that it sticks and you may carry it with you or believe in it.” In addition, she reminded everyone that it takes a whole level of confidence, courage, and strength to break free from the names thrown one’s way. “I hope we can stop normalizing in our culture where young girls have to live under the shadows of the names people call them.”