What do 10 of the world’s most beautiful women say when they are criticized for their less-than-perfect bodies?
“I ain’t sorry.”
1. Chrissy Teigen
The swimsuit model and new mom is known for being very candid on her thoughts about internet trolls. Our advice? Don’t mess with her unless you want an earful before being blocked.
Teigen, 30, shared a photo of herself indulging her pregnancy cravings of Fruity Pebbles and Captain Crunch only to be met by critics telling her not to feed her baby “that dyed crap.”
Teigen lashed out on her Twitter account with a series of defensive tweets.
“If you wanna give me unsolicited baby advice on the damn cereal I eat/what I wear u better unlock your profile so I can see your perfection,” she tweeted.
“Yes I am living off dyed food,” she continued. “Tuna too!! Gonna try to dye my tuna actually. Then have an icy, dyed vodka soda and that’s just lunch.”
She then jokingly tweeted that she was going to “take the trapeze class I’ve been meaning to take,” “do a 3 legged race then probably rent sumo suits and battle strangers,” and finish the day off with “a nice cigar in the hot tub.”
After appearing to snap back into shape following the birth of her daughter, Luna, the 30-year-old wife to John Legend posted a photo of her stretch marks to both her Instagram and Snapcat accounts.
Reality star, Kendra Wilkinson, chimed in, “Look what my two babies did. They made me happy.”
2. Margaret Cho
The 47-year-old comedian takes no prisoners when it comes to her bullies.
In a powerful and graphic piece she wrote for Jezebel, Cho explains why she doesn’t play nice and is a “bit of a bitch.”
“I did not choose this face or this body and I have learned to live with it and love it and celebrate it and adorn it with tremendous drawings from the greatest artists in the world and I feel good and…I am beautiful and I am finally fucking free,” Cho said.
“We deserve beauty, love, respect, admiration, kindness and compassion. If we don’t get it, there will be hell to pay. I am no saint, but I am here for you and me,” she said.
3. Lady Gaga
The popstar has been open about struggling with eating disorders and doesn’t take kindly to the fans criticizing her 25-pound weight gain.
Her “Body Revolution” movement encouraged her fans to “post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities.”
4. Ashley Graham
“Sports Illustrated” cover model Ashley Graham represents curvy women everywhere but don’t call her “plus size.”
“Just because I’m not calling myself plus size doesn’t mean I’m not representing a woman who is,” she said. “I’m giving curvy women a seat at a table that we’ve never been invited to before — a table with high-end fashion people who have never considered us beautiful.”
Graham is tired of playing the “She’s too big, now she’s too thin” game. She responded to her followers who accused her of betraying curvy women for “losing weight.”
“To some I’m too curvy. To others I’m too tall, too busty, too loud, and, now, too small — too much, but at the same time not enough,” Graham wrote.
Read on for more celebrities changing the conversation about maintaining a “perfect” image.
5. Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd, 48, faced media scrutiny after photos were published of her “puffy” face. She lays the smack-down in a piece for “The Daily Beast.”
“The dialogue is constructed so that our bodies are a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation, as if they belong to others—and in my case, to the actual public,” Judd said.
6. Allison Tate
Allison Tate broke the internet when her blog post “The Mom Stays in the Picture” went viral. Mothers everywhere relate to her feelings.
“It seems logical. We’re sporting mama bodies and we’re not as young as we used to be. We don’t always have time to blow dry our hair, apply makeup, perhaps even bathe (ducking). The kids are so much cuter than we are; better to just take their pictures, we think,” Tate said.
Tate said her children don’t care what she looks like and decided to take a stand and get in the picture with them regardless of her appearance.
She inspired mothers everywhere to do the same and get in the picture.
7. Cassey Ho
Cassey Ho, founder of POP Pilates, created a powerful video showing her trying to make her body “perfect” according to her critics.
The video highlights how hard it is to be happy with your body when people are constantly criticizing you.
8. Danielle Brooks
Danielle Brooks, better known as “Taystee” on “Orange is the New Black” shares how she learned to love her body in a “Glamour” essay.
“By the standard definition of beauty I had absorbed from the world around me, I had three strikes against me: I was too dark, too curly, and too fat,” Brooks said.
After a lifelong journey to self-acceptance, Brooks said she accepts herself as beautiful.
“So if you see me on a carpet with my arms and legs out glistening, or my midriff exposed, it’s a reminder to myself and the world that I know I’m beautiful,” Brooks said.
She posted on Instagram, “I’m a complex carb, redefined. An all natural fiber. I tend to cause major spikes in blood sugar levels that’ll have you craving more. If you have any medical conditions make sure you speak with your physician before making any major changes to your diet. We all know carbs can be very Taystee, causing addictions to occur.”
9. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has a thing or two to say about the pressure of staying thin in Hollywood.
“If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet’, I’m like, ‘You can go f–k yourself,’” she said.
The 26-year-old “Hunger Games” actress is proud to sport a healthy, strong body.
“I’m never going to starve myself for a part … I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner,'” she said.
10. Gisele Bundchen
The 36-year-old supermodel might seem to live a charmed life, but even she isn’t immune to society’s standards.
The wife to NFL quarterback Tom Brady stars in an Under Armour campaign where she pounds on a punching bag while real comments pulled from social media appear on the walls surrounding her.
“I WILL WHAT I WANT” speaks to women who do not wait for permission, advice or affirmation from others in order to go after what they want.