Stars Who’ve Hit Back Against Body-Shamers

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There’s no shame in loving your body. Thankfully, more Hollywood stars than ever before are preaching that message. Model Iskra Lawrence is an outspoken advocate for body positivity, and she recently opened up to Us Weekly about her journey to self-love.

After spending many years “consumed with trying to fit one ideal,” the 28-year old Aerie model said, “I really had to go on a journey of self-discovery.” She said she realized, “It’s all in your mindset. For me, it’s realizing that my body is my home so there can’t be anything wrong with [it]. It’s mine and it was made in this way. Just got to be grateful for it, and so other people can get in that mirror and find things that you can love and value and appreciate yourself.”

Ashley Graham is another voice for body positivity in the fashion industry. “I wish that [loving yourself] was as easy as saying, ‘Here’s a magic pill,’” she recently told Us. Instead, she said, “It’s just like doing homework. You have to put in the effort. So if I want to put in the effort, my effort will be I wake up every morning and I talk to my body.”

Of course, when online trolls — or anyone, for that matter — have something negative to say about your physique, it can be hard to maintain that level of positivity. But when faced with bullies and naysayers, the women below didn’t let mean comments get them down. Instead, they stood up for themselves with clever clapbacks.

Scroll through the gallery to see how inspiring stars such as Demi Lovato, Khloé Kardashian, Kesha, Bebe Rexha and more have shut down body-shamers and reminded Us that everybody should love the body they’ve got!

Jonah Hill

After being photographed shirtless at a beach in Malibu in February 2021, the slimmed-down Superbad star penned a candid Instagram post about body image. “I don’t think I ever took my shirt off in a pool until I was in my mid 30s even in front of family and friends. Probably would have happened sooner if my childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body,” he wrote, noting that he was finally able to “love and accept” himself at age 37.

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Kate Beckinsale

When an Instagram user commented that the Serendipity star looked “dreadfully thin” in an October 2020 post, Beckinsale was quick to fire back. “You’re wearing speedo goggles — it might be hard for you to be entirely confident about what you’re seeing — much less comment about it,” she replied.

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Kylie Jenner

When an Instagram troll said in April 2020 that the Kylie Cosmetics creator looked “better” in 2017 before she welcomed her daughter, Stormi, Jenner clapped back. “I birthed a baby,” she wrote at the time.

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Iskra Lawrence

“Some people really don’t have anything better to do than worry about my body bouncing back post-pregnancy,” the model wrote on her March 2020 Instagram Story after a troll said she’d “never recover” after giving birth. “There’s so much more to life. Never let BS like this stop you from the most magical experience in life.”

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Sara Haines

“I’ve had 3 babies & I love the way I look, little belly pooch & all. It’s NOT ok to ask a woman if she is pregnant,” the Good Morning America star wrote on Instagram in March 2020. “It’s a delicate topic & you never know what journey someone is on. It is also flat out body-shaming when you say someone looks pregnant. #bebetter #liftwomenup.”

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Lizzo

After a troll claimed Lizzo was only successful because of the “obesity epidemic” in America, the “Juice” singer shut the negativity down in less than 240 characters. “I’m popular because I write good songs and I’m talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love,” Lizzo tweeted in December 2019. “The only person who needs to do better is you. Keep my name out ya mouth & look in the mirror before you come for me. Here’s the attention you ordered :smirk:.”

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Alexa Chung

Listen to Chung: It’s never OK to body-shame someone. After the model posted a photo of herself in a shift dress that showed off her legs, an online troll wrote that Chung was “an obsolete sick, anorexic icon.” Never one to roll over, the British fashion designer quipped back, “Speaking of obsolete trends, didn’t bullying people on social media get cancelled?” 

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Anfisa Nava

Just over a week after taking home a bikini prize in the Patriots Challenge bodybuilding contest in Las Vegas on July 6, 2019, the former 90 Day Fiancé star posted an Instagram photo of herself looking buff in yoga pants and a sports bra. Though she was simply letting fans know about her post-competition diet, body-shamers soon flooded her feed. “I hate what shes doing to her body, she used to have such a perfect feminine body but shes transforming it into a masculine square shoulder muscle freak one,” wrote one. Another troll gave her a directive, writing, “Damn… you look like a dude! Time to stop.” But the haters only spurred Nava into body-positive action. On July 16, the reality star shared two photos of herself wearing a red satin lingerie set and a cream off-the-shoulder sweater. “I hate what They say ‘Muscles make you look manly’ …I personally have never felt more feminine and happy than I do now,” Nava wrote. “It’s all about how you feel on the inside and not what you look like on the outside. All shapes and sizes can be beautiful as long as you live in harmony with yourself.”

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Sofia Richie

Facts for the win. After Richie posted an Instagram photo of herself looking toned and thin standing in an animal-print bikini on the stairs of a building in Turks and Caicos on July 15, 2019, most of her fans were impressed by her physique. One, however, assumed she’d used a retouching app — and decided to call her out with so-called evidence. “The curve of the wall sis,,, we were all rooting for you to not facetune like the rest of them!” wrote the would-be shamer. Not missing a beat, Richie responded: “Thanks boo! But that is an archway 😘.”

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Chrissy Teigen

When a photo of the Bring the Funny judge in a swimsuit became a body-shaming meme in July 2019, she spoke out in a series of tweets. “I’ve had no ass forever,” she wrote. “Is this new news to some of you? … F—kin lames wouldn’t be able to stop blabbering if I got my ass done either. bored as all hell, never can win!“

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Demi Lovato

The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer spoke out in March 2019 after the headline of an article said the pop star appeared to have “a fuller figure.” In her Instagram Stories, Lovato wrote, “I AM MORE THAN MY WEIGHT. … Unlike the past, I’m not triggered, I’m not upset that someone wrote a headline about my ‘fuller figure.’ I’m angry that people think it’s okay to write headlines about people’s body shapes. Especially a woman who has been so open about being in recovery [for] an eating disorder. I’m not upset for myself but for anyone easily influenced by the diet culture. … Too many people today base their ideal body weight off of what OTHERS tell us we should look like or weigh. Articles like these only contribute to that toxic way of thinking. If you’re reading this: Don’t listen to negative diet culture talk. You are more than a number on a scale, and I am more than a headline about my body shape.”

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Nina Dobrev

The Fam star isn’t about to let trolls get away with body-shaming her on her own Instagram page. After she posted a photo of herself in a one-shouldered gown in February 2019, some followers attacked her for being thin. The Vampire Diaries alum responded directly to one critic who identified themselves as formerly “anorexic” and called the star the same. Wrote Dobrev, “Thank you for your concern. I’m sorry to hear you weren’t doing well, I hope that you are taking care of yourself and doing better now. I’ll also let you know that I eat burgers and fries and all kinds of yummy things all the time. You should do the same.” She continued with a polite but pointed critique:  “Eating everything and working out (which I do) is the healthy solution for people who have problems. Body shaming people, on the other hand, is NOT healthy and very rude. I don’t do that, so you should also do the same. Have a wonderful day.”

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Bebe Rexha

The two-time Grammy nominee had a message for designers who told her team they were unwilling to dress her for the awards show in January 2019. “If a size 6 [or] 8 is too big, then I don’t know what to tell you. Then I don’t want to wear your f–king dresses.”

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Lili Reinhart

When the Riverdale star got wind that fans were posting comparisons of her and model Taylor Hill wearing the same lingerie, she set them straight. “I am not her,” she wrote in December 2017. “And how dare anyone assume that I should look like her.”

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Jameela Jamil

An Avon ad about cellulite fired up the Good Place star, who’s been a voice for body positivity. “EVERYONE has dimples on their thighs, I do, you do, and the CLOWNS at @Avon_UK certainly do. Stop shaming women,” she tweeted at the brand in January 2019.

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Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa

When the Riverdale star posted a bikini shot of his wife, trolls chimed in to suggest the Live With Kelly and Ryan host was too old for the look. “She works extremely hard,” Consuelos clapped back in March 2018. “Yes she’s wearing a bikini at age 47 and will no doubt wear one for many years to come.”

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Bella Hadid

When the model declared herself “happier and healthier than ever” on Instagram in November 2018, comments that she was too skinny began rolling in. She later amended her caption to add: “All body types are different and react differently to a great workout routine and a healthy diet.”

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Amanda Stanton

The Bachelor in Paradise alum set skinny-shamers straight when they suggested that her before and after post was evidence of an eating disorder. “Received so many kind messages about my before and after work out post but also so many nasty ones,” the mom of two wrote on Instagram Stories in December 2018. “I do not have an eating disorder and am naturally skinny. I’ve gotten skinnier throughout the years since having kids. That happens sometimes as people age. Everyone has different body types and everyone is beautiful exactly the way they are. Our differences and flaws are what make us unique. If you see someone making an effort to be healthy and take care of themselves, why hate on that?”

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Kesha

The “Praying” singer has been open about her struggles with body image and an eating disorder, and she wasn’t about to let online trolls be a setback on her road to recovery. When one commenter called her “ugly and also a ‘whore’” on Instagram in June 2016, she called them out with a powerful post. “I’m not perfect but I’m pretty f—king magical. and also, I am not, in fact, a whore,” she wrote. “Also bullying someone who has struggled publicly with body issues is pretty mean. thank god I’m in a place in my life where I feel empowered to address your nasty comments instead of letting them destroy me. so. on behalf of anyone anywhere who struggles with body image, STOP IT. my body is not your business. in conclusion, kiss my magical imperfect ass.”

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Khloé Kardashian

The reality star had a message for critics of both her body and her parenting skills. “Completely over mommy/body shamers! Women who choose 2take their time after baby, I’m so proud of you!” the mom of daughter True Thompson wrote in July 2018. “Women who choose to work out after baby, I’m so proud of you! We all must do what’s best for US! Please b kind 2urself! A happy mommy makes for a happy baby! Love you (sic) process.”

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