“My body is something I will NEVER apologize for.”
Throughout 2015, the singer dealt with constant body shaming. On one of her Instagram posts, a commenter wrote, “You need to work out! Please stop eating junk food.” In a second comment, they continued, “She’s an actress; she needs to tone her body. In the business, sadly, the image — it’s important.”
Selena replied, “You’re disgusting. I’m IN the business, and I could care less about what ‘they’ or you say I should look like. I don’t need to do anything other than love myself, [and] take care of my work, fans, family, and friends.”
After the singer killed it at the 2017 Super Bowl, she faced tons of criticism online over her stomach.
She addressed that nonsense with a beautiful Instagram post. “I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body, and you should be proud of yours, too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions.”
In 2015, some loser wrote in a now-deleted tweet, “Got asked if I’d prefer Ariel Winter or Ariana Grande lol. It would definitely be Ariel. Curves are sexy. Sticks aren’t.”
The singer responded to the skinny shaming on Twitter, writing, “We live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are. Diversity is sexy! Loving yourself is sexy! You know what is NOT sexy? Misogyny, objectifying, labeling, comparing, and body shaming!”
In 2007, photos of the supermodel in a bikini were plastered across the tabloids. Articles mocked her weight with headlines like “Thigh-ra Banks” and “America’s Next Top Waddle.”
Soon after, she addressed the fat shaming on an episode of The Tyra Banks Show. “To all of you that have something nasty to say about me or other women that are built like me…I have one thing to say to you: Kiss my fat ass!”
In 2016, the model made an Instagram post calling out someone who’d called her thighs “cellulite city.”
“I now realize these thighs tell a story of victory and courage. I will not let others dictate what they think my body should look like for their own comfort, and neither should you. #beautybeyondsize #effyourbeautystandards,” she wrote.
In 2015, British TV personality Katie Hopkins wrote now-deleted tweets fat shaming the singer. In the first, she wrote, “Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? Did she eat all of her backing singers?” In the second, she said, “Darling, if you had a baby a year ago, that is not baby weight. It is fat. Quit calling it cute names to make yourself feel better.”
During an interview with Heat, Kelly responded to Katie’s cruel words. “She tweeted something nasty about me? That’s because she doesn’t know me. I’m awesome! It doesn’t bother me.”
The same Katie Hopkins also made disparaging remarks about Lily’s post-pregnancy body. During an interview with Heat, Katie said that becoming a mother for Lily Allen “largely involved gaining two stone and looking pretty hideous.”
Lily responded in a series of tweets, “Yes, after tragically losing a child so late into my pregnancy, I may have gained a few pounds. I am one of many that find comfort in food. The two pregnancies that followed were terrifying because of what had happened before, and I was pretty much on bed-rest for 20 months.”
“I wasn’t exercising because I didn’t want to take any risks, and, funnily enough, the survival of my children felt more important than being thin.”
In 2016, the Olympic superstar tweeted this picture of herself. Some commenters mocked her appearance, with one now-suspended man writing, “Your back has more muscle than mine does.”
Simone quickly responded, “You can judge my body all you want, but at the end of the day, it’s MY body. I love it, and I’m comfortable in my skin.”
In 2017, the actor received a wave of hateful comments on social media telling her “to eat a burger” and that her head was “bigger than her body.”
In a long message shared on Twitter, she wrote, “I am not a fan of ‘being skinny.’ Which many of you have told me that I am too much of. ‘Eat a burger.’ ‘Your head is bigger than your body, and that’s disgusting.’ And you’re right! I should eat a burger! ‘Cause they’re fucking delicious!…but considering I’ve basically been on bedrest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like.”
“My self-confidence is not rendered from your comments. Because I will always be too fat. I will always be too skinny. I will never have enough curves to be called a woman. And I will always be a slut for wearing a push-up bra. Love the you you set out to be.”
In 2020, a family on TikTok received a negative comment that read, “Your son really needs to go and at least exercise, he’s gonna be the next Lizzo if he doesn’t.”
Lizzo shared a TikTok video reacting to the happy family with the perfect caption to address the internet troll. “Oh, you mean the next million dollar dealin’, cover of Vogue havin’, 3x Grammy Award winning icon, actress, activist, with a perfect ass?”
In 2018, a photo of the Riverdale star made its way around social media, with many people saying that she looked pregnant.
The actor addressed the chatter through a series of posts on her Instagram story. “This is just my body. And sometimes, I’m bloated. Sometimes, an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes, I go through periods of time where I gain weight. My body is something I will NEVER apologize for.”
“My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that’s fine. So let’s not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger’s figure,” she concluded.
In an Observer review of Melissa’s 2013 movie Identity Thief, critic Rex Reed called her “tractor-sized.”
The actor told the New York Times, “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids, who are mooning me and singing me songs.”
In 2019, the singer shared a now-deleted picture on Instagram of herself performing. The comment section quickly filled with criticism over her weight, with one person calling her “tubby.”
Bebe responded with a series of Tweets. “To all the people tweeting mean things to me about my weight, you just want a response, and you will not get it.”
“Unless you are completely perfect, you have no fuckin’ right to talk about anybody else’s body,” she continued.
“I don’t give two shits about what people think about my weight. I care about what I think about my weight,” she concluded.
In 2018, a man approached the Good Place actor at the gym and told her that every time he saw her, he thought, “Ah, what a shame, she could look so amazing.” He informed her that there were so many different things she could do to improve her body.
“I’m comfortable, I enjoy my body, I enjoy my curves,” she said in a video after the encounter. “No one needs this. I don’t need this man. To that man, don’t walk up to anyone, don’t walk up to a woman ever again and say anything like that. I don’t need your advice, I don’t want your advice, I didn’t ask you for your advice as to whether or not I’m good-looking enough. Just, fuck off.”
In 2013, radio host Jay Mohr hosted a NASCAR awards event, where Alyssa was a presenter. Later that month, Jay made some horrible statements about her post-pregnancy body on the radio. “It seems like she had a baby and said, ‘I don’t really give a shit.’ I read it on her gut. … Somebody sat in the director’s chair and was not wearing Spanx, and I was like, ‘Jesus Christ.'”
Alyssa responded to his crap with a very classy tweet. “So sorry you felt the need to publicly fat shame me. Be well, and God bless. Please send my love to your beautiful wife.”
Last year, the reality TV star shared pics of herself in a bikini on Instagram. One commenter decided that she looked pregnant and said so.
Kourt responded, writing, “This is me when I have a few extra pounds on, and I actually love it. I have given birth three amazing times, and this is the shape of my body.”
And finally, Zendaya
During E!’s Fashion Police coverage of the 2015 Oscars, Giuliana Rancic infamously said Zendaya’s locs made her look like someone who smelled of “patchouli oil” or “weed.”
Outraged, the actor shut down Giuliana’s horrific comments with a beautifully written response she shared on Twitter.
“There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough,” she wrote.
A year later, actor Julie Klausner skinny-shamed Zendaya in a now-deleted tweet. “Zendaya’s ultimate retort to Giuliana Rancic is starving herself down to the size of one of her elbows,” she wrote.
Zendaya responded, “Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you as well.”
“Now…everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body and love that shit. #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning,” she concluded.
Queens, all of them! A round of applause to all these women for putting body shamers in their place!!
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