Women in Hollywood just can't seem to catch a break. If they're curvy, then they're constantly criticized for not looking skinny enough. And if they happen to be slim, then they're seen as "sickly" or "anorexic." Apparently, our society is extremely picky when it comes to what body type they feel is perfect for a woman. And you know what the worst part is? These insults can push people to unhealthy extremes.
We've seen so many stories about fat-shaming in the past, but skinny-shaming? Not so much. While both can destroy a girl's confidence, and both send the ridiculous message that women should equate their self-worth with their physical appearance, it should be noted that because of cultural norms, skinny women often "fit in" better with society than fat women do.
It's unfortunate that women have to deal with this much scrutiny, especially those who happen to be in the spotlight. Like, can you imagine tons of angry fans and tabloids constantly sharing insensitive comments about how you look? It sounds like hell. But despite all the negativity, we've seen many celebrities flawlessly clap back at those who dared to criticize their bodies. And in doing so, they've inspired others to love themselves as they are, unapologetically.
See which celebrities refused to put up with skinny-shaming:
She once said: “They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small... They asked me here, in Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny – they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick – I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I understand that part of what I’m doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire. When I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amuses me.”
"It can be really challenging in today’s world for anyone—especially girls and women—to feel good about their bodies," she said. "I’ve seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight, or ‘caving to pressure to be thin.’ Keeping weight on is a struggle for me —especially when I’m under stress, and especially as I’ve gotten older. That’s the way my genes have decided to go, and things will change as time goes on, as does everything.”
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To Julie, she tweeted: "Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you as well #youreallywannabenext?" Then she sent out another tweet reading: "Now... everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that sh*t #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning."
“I’m just a small-boned girl. I eat, I eat, I eat. Some people that eat too much, you yell at them that they’re fat. You want to get mad at me because I’m skinny? Great, get mad at me. I am what I am,” she said.
“This whole thing happened and I’m constantly having to justify myself. I’m very healthy and I always have been. On one hand, it’s upsetting. On the other hand, it’s just boring. Why do women always get pointed at for their bodies?” she said. FOR REAL.
“The point of this post is that body shaming is bullying, whether it be you calling someone fat and telling them they need to lose weight, or you telling someone that they’re too skinny and need to gain weight. I made a lifestyle choice to exercise and eat healthier food, and yes I lost weight, but I am HEALTHY, I feel beautiful, and I’m comfortable in my own skin. And I don’t need anyone shaming me about that,” she wrote.
“There’s been a whole thing lately with skinny shaming — Kelly Clarkson with body shaming, and then Giuliana Rancic … I’m not gonna be all, ‘Oh God, people think I’m skinny, woe is me, why me, why me?’... I’m not gonna complain, I am thin. I have a brand called Skinnygirl and it’s ok,” she said.
"The accusation that I'm somehow responsible for causing anorexia is beyond hurtful," she explained. "I've never told anyone to lose weight. I've worked with all sizes of women from slim to full-figured – some of my clients are a size 12. I've also had clients who I've taken through pregnancy and have gained 60 pounds, so to suggest that I'm fostering anorexia is ridiculous."
"Those are called abs not bones, love…This is my body, and I can promise you I’m a healthy girl. I’m just lean,” she explained.
"Tweets, comments, statements like this are not okay about anyone!!! 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! Talking about people's bodies as if they're on display ASKING for your approval/opinion. THEY ARE NOT!!! CELEBRATE YOURSELF. CELEBRATE OTHERS. The things that make us different from one another make us BEAUTIFUL." she said. Ari is the definition of a BOSS.
But Bella laughed it off and totally shut down the body shamer. The Famous in Love actress replied: "Dogg I eat so much it's redick. I just work out a lot and try and eat healthy but that doesn't always work hahahahaha."
"My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like... I strive to be as healthy as possible, as anyone should. Oh and no, that's not Photoshop, those are my legs, those are my arms [in my photos]. I write this because I've been accused of promoting anorexia, in, ironically enough, an anti-bullying post. And I want young girls to know that's not my intention," she said. The Modern Family star actually suffers from kidney dysplasia which is to blame with her size changing. It's effed up to judge anyone on their size... but when they're also struggling to fight a serious medical condition, that's just even more wrong!
"I wouldn't curb it any way whatsoever," she said. "I was photographed at the premiere of another film when I was in the middle of shooting 3094, so [my appearance] was always going to be a story. It's a shame. I worked very hard on that film."
In response, she said: "Having a high metabolism means that it is impossible for me to put on weight, and maintain it. My body breaks down fat and burns calories at a stupidly fast rate... Nobody ever takes into account genes, metabolism, bone structure, or medical problems. There are thousands of reasons people are how they are, and why people are the size they are." Zoella's also revealed that she struggles with anxiety — which also can lead to weight loss for some individuals.
“I’m naturally really thin, and sometimes it’s really hard for me to gain weight. When people on Instagram say, ‘Go eat a hamburger,’ I’m like, ‘Wow, they’re body-shaming me for the way that I look.’" she said.
It's no wonder why she chose to brace herself before the negative comments poured in about her pregnancy. On Instagram, she wrote: "My body. My growing baby, open for comments. Plain as day. I, like every other woman, bracing for your judgments. This is who I am. And I love me in every flaw and curve or flat or thin area. And I love you as well in every form that your body takes."
In response to Diplo's inconsiderate tweet, she replied: "Should we do something about your tiny penis while we're at it hm." That response was so perfect that we're tempted to frame it.
"It's called growing up," she said. "Bodies change as girls become women, just as my mom's body changed at the same age. Yes, I've lost some 'baby fat,' but muscle mass from my intensive volleyball training in high school has changed over the years into lean muscle from boxing and work stress can have its effect, naturally, but purposefully changing my body has never been my thing."
"I'm constantly criticized for being too skinny. I'm trying to gain weight but my body won't let it happen. 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," she said. (We don't agree that being called "too skinny" and "too fat" are the same thing, but we totally understand that skinny-shaming can be just as hurtful.)