Body Positive Celebrities: (Inspiring Stories for You)

Being a celebrity often comes with the pressure to maintain a certain image, but I’ve realized many celebs are taking a stand for body positivity.

They’re proving that self-love and embracing our bodies as they are is what truly matters.

It’s truly inspiring to see fellow celebrities such as Lizzo, Jameela Jamil, and Demi Lovato speak openly about their journeys to self-love. These individuals are using social media, interviews, and other public appearances to spread their message of self-acceptance, and they are making a real difference in many people’s lives.

As we navigate through this article, we’ll learn more about the powerful messages these individuals have shared and the personal experiences that have led them to embrace body positivity.

Body Positive Celebrities

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato at the arrivals for the 2010 People's Choice AwardsDemi Lovato at the arrivals for the 2010 People's Choice Awards
Demi Lovato at the arrivals for the 2010 People’s Choice Awards, Nokia Theater L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA. 01-06-10

Regarding body positivity, Demi Lovato is one of the loudest champions. I can’t help but admire her journey towards self-love and acceptance.

She constantly inspires her fans to love her body just as she does. An inspiring quote from Demi is, “You are beautiful no matter what anyone says.” Yes, Demi! Preach!

One of their secrets to maintaining a positive attitude is focusing on what her body can do rather than what it looks like. We must remember that our worth is not defined by numbers or size.

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil at NBC And Vanity Fair Toast the 2016-2017 TV Season
Jameela Jamil at NBC And Vanity Fair Toast the 2016-2017 TV Season, NeueHouse Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 11-02-16

Jameela Jamil is not only a talented actress, but she’s also a fierce advocate for body positivity. I admire her dedication to promoting self-love and breaking down unrealistic beauty standards.

She’s the founder of the “I Weigh” movement, which focuses on the worth of individuals beyond their appearance.

She once said, “What you think about yourself is way more important than what others think about you.” She uses her platform to call out those who promote unrealistic and unattainable beauty standards.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez at the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards
Jennifer Lopez at the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, USA on January 12, 2020

Jennifer Lopez has been an icon in the entertainment industry for years. She is a talented singer, actress, and dancer and a symbol of body positivity thanks to her confidence and radiant energy.

She’s spoken about her fitness journey: “I work out a lot, and I always have, but I still wasn’t seeing the results I wanted. I realized it matters what you eat, not just how you work out.”

Jennifer’s message is one of balance and self-love, proving that a healthy attitude about our bodies is essential for overall well-being.

Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh at the 92nd Academy Awards
Florence Pugh at the 92nd Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, USA on February 9, 2020

When I think of Florence Pugh, I can’t help but admire her journey towards body positivity. She’s always been open about her struggles and has even shared her experiences on social media.

I remember when she posted an Instagram story discussing how her body was once her “biggest enemy.”

Since then, she’s learned to appreciate and embrace her body truly. Pugh once said, “The sooner you can love and accept your body for what it is, the sooner you can get on with what life truly is about.”

Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart at the 2018 LA Film Festival screening of 'Galveston'
Lili Reinhart at the 2018 LA Film Festival screening of ‘Galveston’ held at the ArcLight Culver City in Culver City, USA on September 23, 2018

Lili Reinhart’s transparency about struggling with body image has touched many hearts. It is powerful when she reminds us that even celebrities face these issues.

She once candidly shared, “I’ve felt very insecure due to the expectation that people have for women on tv, what they should look like.”

Her advocacy for body positivity continues to inspire her fans and fellow celebrities.

Rihanna

Rihanna at the Reb'l Fleur by Rihanna Perfume Launch
Rihanna at the Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna Perfume Launch, Macy’s, Lakewood, CA. 02-18-11

Rihanna has always been a role model for embracing body diversity. Her brand, Savage x Fenty, showcases models of various sizes and shapes, which I think is phenomenal.

Rihanna’s journey to accept her evolving body is equally inspiring.

She’s said, “You have just to accept your body. You may not love it all the way, but you just have to be comfortable with it”.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys at the 81st Annual Academy Awards
Alicia Keys at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, CA. 02-22-09

Alicia Keys took a stance against makeup and beauty standards by going makeup-free in the public eye.

In doing so, she promoted self-love and acceptance, proving that natural beauty comes in all forms.

I find it difficult not to admire her when she says, “You don’t have to be what anybody else wants you to be. You don’t have to put on a mask.”

Halsey

Halsey at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards
Halsey at the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, USA on June 16, 2018

Throughout her career, Halsey’s been open about her struggles with mental health and loving her body.

Her advocacy for self-love and her honest perspective on body image is inspiring.

One of her powerful messages is, “There’s not really one particular body type. There’s something for everybody in self-love.”

Body-Positive Celebrities and Their Significant Achievements

Celebrity NameAchievement
Meghan TrainorThe Grammy-winning singer is known for her hit “All About That Bass,” promoting body positivity
Melissa McCarthyEmmy Award-winning actress who launched her clothing line for all sizes
RihannaLaunched inclusive Fenty Beauty line and Savage X Fenty lingerie line, celebrating all body types
Chrissy MetzNominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in “This Is Us,” where she portrays a character struggling with weight issues

More Quotes and Actions Table from Celebrities

Celebrity NameKnown ForBody Positive QuoteBody Positive Action
Ashley GrahamModeling“I felt free once I realized I was never going to fit the narrow mold that society wanted me to fit in.”Advocates for the inclusion of all body types in fashion. Created her own inclusive lingerie line.
Chrissy MetzActing“We are all deserving of true happiness, so let’s go out and get it, okay?”Encourages body positivity through her character in “This Is Us” and her public speeches.
Sam SmithMusic“Love yourself and the rest will follow.”Publicly shared their own struggles with body image and came out as non-binary, supporting those who may feel different.
AdeleMusic“I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”Used her platform to critique unrealistic beauty standards in media.
Serena WilliamsSports“I love who I am, and I encourage other people to love and embrace who they are.”Promotes body positivity in sports, and has her own fashion line that embraces all body types.
This table captures some celebrities from different fields who have actively promoted body positivity, a short but inspiring quote from each, and a notable action they’ve taken in line with this ethos.

Their Impact on Society

Inspiring Positive Change

3 women all smiles and all in white

Body-positive celebrities have played a significant role in inspiring positive change in society.

By embracing their bodies and promoting self-love, they have encouraged individuals to accept themselves and others for who they are.

They have helped to shift how society views beauty and have challenged the traditional beauty standards that have been in place for years.

Challenging Harmful Ideas

a group of women posing for the camera

Celebrities who promote body positivity have also challenged harmful ideals that the media and society have perpetuated.

They have spoken out against unrealistic body expectations and their detrimental impact on individuals.

By doing so, they have helped create a more inclusive and accepting society where people are celebrated for their differences rather than shamed.

Empowering Individuals

group of women in protest holding placard that says: MY BODY MY CHOICE

The most significant impact that body-positive celebrities have had on society is their ability to empower individuals.

By sharing their own stories and experiences, they have given a voice to those who have been marginalized and made them feel seen and heard.



References

Organizations:

Books:

  • “The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love” by Sonya Renee Taylor
  • “Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live” by Megan Jayne Crabbe
  • “Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and Quiet That Critical Voice!)” by Connie Sobczak

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Maggie Walker
Maggie Walker

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