Healthy is the new skinny
Everyone knows Ashley Graham—both for her plus-size supermodel title and her outspoken commitment to standing up against body shaming. So there was no chance she wouldn’t snap back at a negative comment she received on a post of her working out in the gym. In a separate post, Graham addressed the haters, saying, “Every time I post a workout video I get comments like, ‘You’ll never be skinny, so stop trying,’ ‘Don’t workout too hard, you’ll get skinny,’ ‘You still need to be fat to be a model,’ and ‘Why would you want to lose what made you famous?'” she wrote via Instagram. “Just for the record, I work out to: stay healthy, feel good, get rid of jet lag, clear my head, show big girls we can move like the rest of ’em, stay flexible and strong, have more energy…I don’t work out to lose weight or my curves, [because] I love the skin I’m in…“ Here’s more on what we can learn from Ashley Graham’s body confidence.
Love yourself and you’re set
Lady Gaga’s elaborate and exhilarating halftime performance at the 2017 Super Bowl left millions—117.5 million to be exact!—in absolute awe of her incredible talent. Unfortunately, it also left a small percentage of people with the need to throw shame her way for her appearance. The “Million Reasons” singer responded with grace and positivity. In an Instagram post shortly after, she wrote “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. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga.” We love these 12 proven ways to boost your body confidence in 10 minutes or less.
Find your strength
After Kelly Roberts’ brother died from acute alcohol poisoning when she was 16 years old, she started to put on weight. She took to running to help her shed the extra pounds. To track her journey and motivate others, she started her blog Run, Selfie, Repeat, as well as several movements, one of them the #SportsBraSquad, which involved her wearing just a sports bra as a top during her runs. This helped her feel more confident in her body and Roberts truly thought that was all that mattered, until one hater decided to share his particularly cruel opinion. In an email, he wrote, “Fatness is (when not genetic) a symptom of the excesses of modernized, industrialized society and not something to flaunt.” Her response shut him up for good. “Once upon a time, your words would have cut me like Valyrian steel. Today? They remind me how important it is to change the way we see strength. Because what you call fat, I know can run a marathon in 3 hours in 41 minutes. I hope one day you can obtain the strength I’ve worked tirelessly for. Until then, know that I will spend the rest of my life empowering the women you hope to shame.” These 5 celebrities get frank about how they deal with body image.