These days it seems that nobody is safe from body shaming. From accusations of having plastic surgery to stories about rapid weight loss and gain, the whole world is obsessed with image – nowhere more so than in the celebrity world.
When even an icon as athletic and healthy as Aqua-Man star Jason Momoa (who was recently accused of having a ‘Dad-Bod’) can fall victim to body-shamers, what hope is there for the rest of us mere mortal beings?
Sending the message that a person should be judged for the way they look has been proven to lead to anxiety, eating disorders and depression.
That is why we are glad that these celebrities hit back against their body-shamers, proving that beauty and confidence don’t come from having the perfect body, but from having the perfect attitude.
It seems hard to believe that anybody could find a way to body shame US singer and global superstar Pink, yet somehow the best-selling artist has come up against vile internet bullies on more than one occasion.
The artist behind hit singles ‘What About Us’ and ‘Just Like Fire’ is famed for her incredible live shows and acrobatic feats. Pink can often be seen performing trapeze stunts and displaying incredible athletic ability and stamina with muscle tone that most of us can only dream about. But that hasn’t stopped the trolls shaming her for what they call her ‘masculine energy’ and appearance.
Pink isn’t shy about speaking out against bullying – she regularly tweets back against anyone posting shameful comments on Twitter and is quick to defend others.
An inspiration to her fans and young people across the world, Pink famously gave an impassioned speech at the 2017 MTV VMA videos. The speech, which was dedicated to her young daughter Willow, had a powerful message;
‘We don’t change. We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.’
Actress, presenter, campaigner, activist – there are many sides to NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ actress Jameela Jamil. Whilst other celebrities are happy to speak out against body shaming on social media, 33-year-old Jameela has taken it several steps further.
As the creator of the ‘I weigh’ Instagram page, Jamil has encouraged women across the world to value themselves based not on what they see on the scales, but on their successes and happiness as individuals. Jamil has over 2 million followers and speaks regularly about her campaign as regards the acceptance of different body types.
Jameela has previously been the subject of body-shaming herself, despite being a beautiful, intelligent and highly successful woman. According to her, during several interviews, her images were altered to make her skin look ‘whiter’ and that she has been encouraged to try and look ‘less Indian.’
“It was just about the way that I looked. That was when I realised that people’s obsession with my looks were holding me back. I made a decision to no longer engage with my aesthetics as heavily as I had been; I stopped finding it important.”
Another star of the extended DC comics’ universe, 47-year-old US actor Wentworth Miller is well-known on both the big and the small screen. With roles in ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ and the popular ‘Prison Break’ making him a firm fan favourite, Miller has fallen victim to bullying more than once.
As a young child Miller was picked on for being of mixed race, and later in his life felt ostracized and alone as a closeted gay male.
Despite the hardship he endured, he rose to become a prolific actor. Even that though, was not enough to keep him safe from bullies. The actor was regularly shamed for gaining weight outside of filming with unflattering pictures being spread across the internet.
Now out and able to speak openly about his experiences, Miller uses what he went through to help inspire and encourage others. His incredible speech made as a part of the #beheretomorrow campaign revealing his attempted suicide at aged 15 and the isolation he felt as a young man.
By speaking up, Miller hopes to help others to realise that they are not alone and to prevent the spread of bullying.
American comedian and actress Amy Schumer has been outspoken in the past when it comes to people body shaming both her and others. The star of ‘I Feel Pretty’ – a movie about a woman who discovers a new found confidence following a head injury – has been criticized for her weight and looks.
When she appeared on the cover of In Style wearing a white swimsuit, she was subjected to cruel comments about her appearance.
Amy, not one to shy away from the subject was quick to hit back. She posted on Instagram, where she has over 9 million followers saying – “Is it fat-shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love. Where’s the shame? It’s not there. It’s an illusion.”
She followed the post with several photos of herself looking fantastic donning various bikinis whilst on holiday, enjoying a life free from any worries about what people might think.
It seems that judging by this list, even superheroes are not immune to body-shaming. Now famous for action-packed leading roles and with an upcoming Netflix series based on the popular game ‘The Witcher’, 36-year-old British-born Caville was once picked on for being overweight.
Caville has spoken out many times about the teasing he suffered whilst attending school in Buckinghamshire. The actor has told the press and fans that his nickname at school was ‘Fat Caville’ and as a result of this he still suffers from body confidence issues. That, however, didn’t stop him from going on to become the new Superman in Zack Snyder’s 2013 ‘Man of Steel.’
Since his rise to fame, Caville has gone on to prove his critics wrong by becoming not only a prominent actor but also for becoming well known for his physical fitness.
Caville ran the infamous Gibraltar Rock Run in 2014 and often takes part in events with the British Royal Marines as an ambassador for their charity.
Caville says he is grateful that the bullies he knew as a child helped him shape into the person he has become, as it has helped him to appreciate the people in his life who have stood by him.
She’s known for being one of the funniest women in Hollywood and has a string of successful movies under her belt. That hasn’t stopped Melissa McCarthy from becoming yet another actress victimised for being bigger than a size zero.
She has spoken about how critics subjected her to comments about her ‘tremendous size’ following her appearance in the popular 2011 comedy film ‘Bridesmaids’.
When she was asked during a press tour about her weight, McCarthy – who has two daughters – asked the reporter if he too had a daughter and told him that he should “Watch what you say to her. Do you tell her she’s only worthwhile or valid when she’s pretty?”
It seems like McCarthy has had the last laugh when it comes to getting her own back at the body shamers.
Not only she has her career gone from strength to strength, in 2015 she even launched her own plus-size clothing range – Melissa McCarthy’s Seven7.
It has become one of the funniest long-running jokes of the last few years – the quest to discover who is ‘The Best Chris’ is a light-hearted rivalry based on the fact that there are currently several leading Hollywood men who all share the same first name.
Whilst contenders Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth are regularly praised for their well-sculpted bodies, star of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ actor Chris Pratt has not always been admired for the toned physique he has displayed in his more recent films.
In fact, when Pratt first rose to fame as part of the cast of the sitcom ‘Parks and Recreation’ he was often criticized for his weight. Sometimes referred to as the ‘fat Chris’ he later revealed a more chiselled, well-defined figure following his roles in ‘Jurassic World’ and his entry into the Marvel universe. Even then, Pratt was not safe from body-shamers, who then went on to accuse him of losing ‘too much weight’.
Pratt refuses to let the trolls get to him and often hits back by posting a series of hilarious videos to his 23.6 million Instagram viewers. Calling the videos ‘What’s My Snack?’ Pratt speaks to his followers in a funny, self-deprecating way by revealing the snack he will be eating that day.
He has also recently defended his ex-wife, Anna Faris, from bullies on social media calling it ‘heartbreaking’.
It seems that body-shaming isn’t just something that happens to actresses once they reach the heights of fame. Oscar-winner Kate Winslet found herself being picked on for her weight long before movies like ‘The Holiday’ brought her worldwide recognition.
In a speech made for WE, a youth empowerment movement, Winslet revealed that early in her career she was bullied for being bigger than other girls auditioning for roles and was called ‘Blubber’.
Titanic director James Cameron famously nicknamed her ‘Kate Weighs-a-lot’ during the filming of the 1997 award-winning movie “Titanic”, something she later revealed in interviews.
Winslet is known for appearing nude in many of her films, something which she says she only does if the storyline calls for it, but she does not shy away from.
Winslet believes that seeing a healthy figure on-screen promotes body positivity.
In her speech, Winslet said – “I learned to embrace my flaws, to make no apology for who I am. I dug deep, and I decided that I simply wouldn’t listen when they said my body didn’t fit.”
Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway has one of the most successful careers in Hollywood. Applauded for her incredible talent, Hathaway has never shied away from going the extra mile for her roles.
When filming for ‘Les Miserables’ in 2012 Anne famously had her head shaved and lost weight to play the role of a struggling factory worker, Fantine.
Hathaway, who is constantly asked about her workout regime and body image during interviews, has come up with an ingenious way to hit back at her critics.
Anne often posts pictures of herself on social media, poking fun at the world’s obsession with her body and beating the critics to it. After giving birth to her son, Hathaway posted a picture of herself wearing homemade denim shorts, citing that the pair she had previously brought no longer fit.
When asked by a reporter how she got into shape to fit into her Catwoman costume for her 2012 film ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Hathaway playfully quipped – “why, are you trying to lose weight?”
Khloe Kardashian is part of one of the most famous families in the world, has money, success and privilege and spends her life rubbing shoulders with the rich and powerful.
So it’s no wonder she has had to deal with her fair share of haters.
Often accused of being less pretty and heavier than her other famous sisters, Khloe has revealed that, before their hit reality show made them a global phenomenon, designers often refused to dress her saying that she was ‘too chubby’.
Khloe, who looks up to curvy icons like Jennifer Lopez, now has her own clothing line with Good American and designs clothes for women from sizes 0 to 24.
Recently Khloe hit the headlines again, supposedly for making comments about her ex-partner Tristan Thompson’s former love interest Jordyn Woods and calling her fat.
We can only hope that Khloe remembers the days when she was on the receiving end of such comments and rethinks her words.
Best known for her portrayal of Fat Amy in the successful Pitch Perfect franchise, Australian actress Rebel Wilson has always tried to lead the way for plus-sized actresses.
In 2018, however, Wilson was the subject of a ‘fat-shaming’ controversy when she claimed to be the first plus-sized lead actress in a romantic comedy film.
The comedienne, who is usually the first to hit back against critics, was accused of forgetting about other plus-sized actresses such as Melissa McCarthy and Queen Latifah. Rebel apologised for her comments and was quick to point out that her intention was to inspire other larger women with her comments.
Rebel has always supported plus-sized actresses, stating that ‘I saw my size as being an advantage, whereas so many women see it as a disadvantage.’