17 Celebrities Who Prove That Beauty Has Nothing to Do With Size
This year is already shaping up to be a huge year for body positivity. Between Lena Dunham's bold decision to stop allowing magazine companies to photoshop her body on covers and Ashley Graham landing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover, becoming the first plus-size model to grace the coveted issue, there's been plently to applaud about society's shift in body acceptance.
As we look forward to seeing more women of all sizes represented in fashion and in the entertainment industry, we take a look at these empowering quotes by some of our favorite plus-size women. Check them out below.
"Back fat, I see you popping over my bra today. But that’s alright—I’m going to choose to love you. Thick thighs, you’re just so sexy you can’t stop rubbing each other. That’s alright, I’m going to keep you. And cellulite, I have not forgotten about you—I’m going to choose to love you, even though you want to take over my whole bottom half."
— Ashley Graham talks choosing to love her body, flaws and all in her 2015 TEDx Talk.
"I've seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I don't want that in my life. I have insecurities, of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me."
— Adele on the power of surrounding yourself with positive people who embrace you to Rolling Stone magazine.
"I might not have the power to change what media puts out there, or to single-handedly convince young girls like me that they should love themselves. But what I can do is start with me: living each day, embracing who I am. Embracing who I am by refusing to hide my legs or or cover my arms because they make someone else feel uncomfortable. By realizing that every stretch mark on my body is kissed by the sun, and no longer wishing them away. By no longer operating out of a place of fear. So if you see me on a carpet with my arms and legs out glistening, or my midriff exposed, it’s a reminder to myself and the world that I know I’m beautiful."
— Danielle Brooks opens up about her struggles with body acceptance in a personal essay for Glamour magazine.
"I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and f*ck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it."
— Amy Schumer on how she came to love herself in a moving speech at the Ms. Foundation For Women gala in 2014.
"I think of all the years I've wasted hating myself fat, wanting myself thin. Feeling guilty about every croissant, then giving up carbs, then fasting, then dieting, then worrying when I wasn't dieting, then eating everything I wanted until the next diet (on Monday or after the holidays or the next big event). Wasted time, abhorring the thought of trying on clothes, wondering what was going to fit, what number the scale would say. All that energy I could have spent loving what is."
— Oprah Winfrey shares how she learned to stop obsessing over her weight in O magazine.
"I do cardio. I run. I strength-train using my own body weight. I don’t like free weights, because I build muscle easily. Really, what I try to instill in my fans is to be healthy and happy. I have no desire to be super-skinny,"
— Kelly Clarkson discussing the healthy body image she wants to project to her fans to Redbook magazine.
"There's an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5% of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody's healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have."
— Melissa McCarthy shares her thoughts with Redbook magazine about embracing your body type, regardless of size.
"If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty. And if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable. So when you ask me how I’m so confident, I know what you’re really asking me: how could someone like me be confident? Go ask Rihanna, asshole!"
— Gabourey Sidibe explains how she learned to be confident in her own skin at the Ms. Foundation For Women gala.
"When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, 'You're either going to love yourself or hate yourself.' And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things,"
— Queen Latifah talks about the moment she decided to accept her body image with Good Housekeeping magazine.
"It's important for me to be able to accept myself and be proud of my shape and my thighs — and to be able to say I like to eat hamburgers. I firmly believe that the beauty of life is being able to have variety and being able to have control."
— Dascha Polanco gets real about her body imagine and diet in an interview with Bustle.
"It’s a mental thing. Just recently I was thinking, I’m confident now, and I look good, and that’s because I’ve started saying those words out loud more. So now when I see pictures, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, why would I hate myself at all? I look incredible in that picture!’"
— Meghan Trainor says she had to reshape the way she thought of herself during an interview with Seventeen magazine.
"I have sort of a Zen body philosophy, I'm sort of like: we're one weight one day, we're one weight another day, and some day our body just doesn't even exist at all! It's just a vessel I've been given to move through this life. I think about my body as a tool to do the stuff I need to do, but not the be all and end all of my existence. Which sounds like I spent a week at a meditation retreat, but it's genuinely how I feel."
— Lena Dunhman shares why she refuses to get caught up in Hollywood's obsession with body types in a 2014 interview with Gothamist.
"Love yourself the way you are...it’s a constant struggle, so I don’t want to preach something that’s unrealistic. Because where I’m at, I’m constantly reminding myself of my good qualities and trying to affirm myself positively. So I understand sometimes you’re just not feeling yourself, but you have to love yourself for who you are."
— Jazmine Sullivan speaks about her mission to be a positive represenetation of curvy women to the Huffington Post.
"I feel for my overly thin women as much as I feel for the overly overweight women. I think there is a lot that needs to change. It’s our society that has told [women] and continues to tell them that when you reach a certain age, you are no longer valuable. When your reach a certain weight, you are [no longer] valuable. I am working out with a trainer. I’m not trying to be a thin mint. I’m just trying to be healthy and look good for me."
— Octavia Spencer discusses the importance of understanding where true value comes from at the 2012 SAG Awards.
"You know what's funny? If I call myself a cute, chubby girl, the natural kind woman's response is, 'You're not chubby! You're beautiful! And thin!' And I always want to hug the person and say, 'It's OK, I identify as someone who is cute and chubby – that doesn't mean I'm not worthy of love and attention and intimacy."
— Mindy Kaling tells The Guardian why she owns her body size regardless of a society that often says thinner is better.
"I’ve learned over the years that it’s more important to be comfortable with yourself than whatever anybody else has to say. It can be a challenge when you don’t look like anybody on the magazine cover. It can feel alienating, but every woman in my opinion has their own power."
— Jill Scott discusses the power of women beyond their body sizes.
"That's the key to life, is make your own path, set your own rules. There is no set rule, no set look, no set anything, you make your own rules in life, and your own decisions."
— Amber Riley on determining what's beautiful for herself to MTV.