Anyone made of sugar, spice or anything even vaguely nice knows that body-shaming is just not cool.
A dig at someone for being too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short or too ANYTHING can cut seriously deep, and affect someone far beyond what might have originally just been a throwaway joke.Social media makes it all too easy for people to leave personal comments with just the click of a button, and while anyone online could sadly experience body shaming, it’s celebs who have to deal with it the most. Sigh.
But luckily, some of your favourite famous females have nailed the art of hitting back, with a selection of awesome responses to shut body shamers the HELL down. So here’s 16 of our ultimate faves that’ll make you wanna stand up, shout about girl power and embrace every part of your beautiful self.
1. Demi Lovato
Demi has always been a loud and proud advocate of body positivity, and after a long battle with her own body image issues, she’s now more confident than ever before.
Tweeting in response to body shamers after the MTV VMAs, Demi wrote: ”Guess what, I’m healthy and happy, and if you’re hating on my weight you obviously aren’t.”
And speaking to Glamour, Demi revealed her awesome attitude about the whole thing. “If somebody calls me fat, even in a vulnerable moment, I laugh to myself and think, I’m doing everything I can, so there’s nothing I can do about it. I don’t have a six-pack. Maybe I don’t even want a six-pack. It doesn’t sound very appealing.”
2. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande might be petite, but you can always rely on her to deliver some super-sized sass. When one ridiculous hater tweeted her saying: “My 9-year-old sister has bigger tits than you”, Ari quickly slayed in response, with: “Spend a lotta time looking at your 9-year-old sister’s tits?”
And always one to promote positivity, she’s shut down Instagram trolls in the past by rightly saying: ”Stop trying to make people feel badly about their bodies. It’s okay to be different… to be curvy or to be thin.”
3. Selena Gomez
Over the past couple of years, Selena has become a major advocate for body positivity – especially with her fiery response to some nasty comments she received after wearing a swimming costume on holiday. We know right, heaven FORBID.
The ridiculous haters only made her more determined to love every part of herself, and she reacted by simply posting another photo in her swimwear, captioned: ”I love being happy with me y’all #theresmoretolove”. Yaaas.
Body-shaming happens on both ends of the spectrum, with tonnes of guys and gals being criticised when people consider them to be ‘too skinny’. Zendaya knows all too well that this can be just as harmful and upsetting as facing criticism for your curves.
“I’m naturally a skinny string bean and I love it #imcomfortableinmyskin”, she tweeted after facing backlash for her gorge natural figure on the red carpet.
5. Lady Gaga
Count on Mother Monster to speak out if it means promoting self love to her fans. Encouraging the fact that that ALL body types are perfect, and taking a stand against any type of body shaming, she hit back when people criticised her tummy.
”So what if I got a belly sometimes, sometimes I don’t,” Gaga tweeted, before rightly putting things into perspective a little: “There’s people starving in the world.”
6. Jennifer Lawrence
Okay, so NO ONE shuts down a body shaming troll quite like J-Law. She’s an expert on the subject, and is always arguing that she’d rather have a pizza than worry about these sorts of things. Her attitude is totally one to channel when it comes to handling mean comments.
“Screw those people,” Jennifer said to Yahoo. “You look like you look, and be comfortable. What – are you going to be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb…I love to eat.”
She told Elle: “I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner’… I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.”
7. Emma Stone Lawrence
Even Oscar winning actresses have to deal with idiot trolls commenting on their body and their weight (ugh), but Emma Stone is happy to serve up a reality check on the matter.
“I’ve seen a lot of comments that say, ‘Eat a sandwich’ or ‘She looks sick,'” Emma told USA Today. “We shame each other online. We’re always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short…It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves.”
8. Hilary Duff
Another celeb who’s proud to own her natural body is Lizzie McGuire, aka Hilary Duff. Recognising that everyone’s born with their own unique, beautiful shape, she explained to Health: ”I have a very athletic build, and I am so proud of what my body has done for me. And I feel good about myself.”
I didn't always love my legs, but as I've grown, I've learned to love and celebrate myself, just as I am. I began to realize that my legs are STRONG and they carry me every. single. day. Our bodies are amazing and something to be grateful for. I'm ME and that's really enough! Thanks for helping to spread the self love message @Aerie! Make sure to share your own message about why U love U for U Day! #AerieREAL #AeriePartner
9. Sasha Pieterse
As well as having to deal with A, Uber A and A.D., Sasha has also had the bonus struggle of cruel comments about her weight while on Pretty Little Liars, and eventually Sasha took to Instagram to have her say on it all.
Explaining that she’d been experiencing a hormone imbalance (proof that you never know what someone’s battling behind the scenes), she wrote: “You and your health are what matters, not anyone else’s opinions and assumptions of you.
“Getting healthy isn’t just about working out and eating right (however extremely important) it’s also about surrounding yourself with those who care about you and want to see you succeed and become the best you can be.”
10. Tanya Burr
She might have a few million subscribers who love to watch her on YouTube, but Tanya’s had to handle criticism about her appearance too. To prove a point, Tan got her friend to film a cute head to toe vid on Snapchat, proving that she isn’t about that Photoshop life and is totally proud of her shape.
“Guys, this is me unedited,” she said. “Video footage of me in a bikini, can’t be edited. So haters, take your negativity elsewhere.” YES TAN.
11. Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid might look like a goddess to us, but she isn’t your average supermodel. Her body is a little bit different to the usual shape they’re associated with, and she’s proud to be changing standards in the modelling industry.
“Yeah, I’m an athletic person. But I love my body because I know what it’s been through to be what it is,” she told British Vogue.
Taking aim at people who constantly pick at others for being too fat/too thin/too PERFECT, she added: “I’m not going anywhere; plus-sized models aren’t going anywhere.”
12. Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrie is all about promoting being comfortable in your own skin, and is confident enough to make sure that rude comments about her body just ain’t no thang to her. She uploaded a KICKASS bikini selfie to Instagram recently, and explained the brave move in the caption.
“In my bikini, being very comfortable and at peace with my body. I am curvy. I have lumps and bumps, some of which, in all the “wrong” places”, she wrote.
“I have stretch marks, cellulite, scars and tattoos and I am not scared to wear a bikini whilst lounging by the pool that shows off all my wobbly bits. Coz guess what? Everyone has them. Everyone has imperfections!”
Someone recently called me fat in the comments of one of my last pictures here on Instagram. I get this every now and then and I sometimes respond about being happy and healthy and what a shame it is that size 12 is considered "fat" these days. But saying the same thing over and over starts to get boring and sometimes words just aren't enough. So here. This is me. Whilst I'm in Dubai this is how I'll be spending most of my days when not in the theatre. In my bikini, being very comfortable and at peace with my body. I am curvy. I have lumps and bumps, some of which, in all the "wrong" places. I have stretch marks, cellulite, scars and tattoos and I am not scared to wear a bikini whilst lounging by the pool that shows off all my wobbly bits. Coz guess what? Everyone has them. Everyone has imperfections! I love my body, including all the bits society has deemed unlovable. And guess what else? My body loves me back too! So you individuals out there, with your judgemental attitudes towards anything that looks different from the photoshopped women in magazines, don't have to. 💜💜💜 (Also I am massively inspired by @bodyposipanda ! Go check her out! She's absolutely brilliant!)
13. Kendall Jenner
You might think that everyone considers a part-time Kardashian/part-time model to have the ultimate body – but yep, Kendall gets critiqued on her appearance all of the time too, and is willing to admit that it can be upsetting.
“I’m constantly criticised for being too skinny. I’m trying to gain weight but my body won’t let it happen,” she admitted to Harper’s Bazaar. “What people don’t understand is that calling someone too skinny is the same as calling someone too fat, it’s not a nice feeling.”
14. Mindy Kaling
Forever full of words of wisdom, Mindy has a pretty genius outlook when it comes to addressing hate comments about her body, and in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big priority for her.
“Insults about the way I look can’t be the thing that harms me and my heart the most. It has to harm me the least,” she wrote in her book, Why Not Me. “If I have a daughter, I’m going to tell her that.”
“If someone told me that I was stupid or that I wasn’t a leader, or that I wasn’t witty or quick or perceptive, I’d be devastated. If someone told me that I had a gross body, I’d say, ‘Well, it’s bringing me a lot of happiness’.”
15. Amy Schumer
Constantly delivering on the positive girl power vibes, Amy is always more than happy to shut down body shamers with a sassy, hilariously great comeback or two.
Most recently, she shared a photo of herself in a bathing suit along with a blunt message to the haters. “This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like Miss Trunchbull from Matilda. Kisses!”
I meant to write "good morning trolls!" I hope you find some joy in your lives today in a human interaction and not just in writing unkind things to a stranger you've never met who triggers something in you that makes you feel powerless and alone. This is how I look. I feel happy. I think I look strong and healthy and also like miss trunchbull from Matilda. Kisses!
She might be the ultimate internet girlboss, but even Zoella faces unwanted commentary on her body. In fact, she has to deal with it SO much that she has an entire, awesome blog post dedicated to explain why these comments can be so harmful. It’s worth a read if you’ve ever experienced something similar.
“Moral of the story here though, is that I don’t really think it’s ever acceptable to comment on anybody’s weight, skinny or fat,” she spilled. “Why should you ever be allowed an opinion on someone else’s body or way of life?” Agreed.