Public Figures Advocating for Body Positivity

Discover how these public figures have become vocal proponents of body positivity, promoting self-acceptance and inclusivity.

Public figures have become increasingly vocal about their experiences and perspectives as societal norms around beauty and body standards continue to shift. They share their struggles with body image and the journey toward self-love and acceptance.

Viral Strange will share 12 public figures alongside their words and actions that spark meaningful conversations about body positivity, inspiring many to embrace and celebrate their unique bodies.

1. Ashley Graham

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In an interview, Ashley Graham expressed her desire to transform women’s self-perception, stating how she was once rejected from jobs for being both too big and too small. Rejecting societal norms, she proclaimed, “This is my body. I’m happy in it. And nobody—nobody—has control over my body but me.”

2. Serena Williams

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She expressed her thoughts about her body and the pride she felt towards it in a letter addressed to her mother on Reddit. Despite receiving hurtful comments about her physique, she stated, “I was born with this badass body and proud of it.”

3. Demi Lovato

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Demi, who has been part of the industry since childhood, has openly discussed their battles with mental health and body image. During an interview, Demi revealed how they used to pursue perfection before understanding its nonexistence, choosing instead to prioritize the aspects that hold significance for them.

4. Anne Hathaway

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Anne took to Instagram to share a post regarding her pregnancy body and penned down, “There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love.”

5. Rihanna

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In an interview with Vogue, Rihanna discussed the fluctuations of her body and shared that despite not having Victoria’s Secret model figure, she embraces all body types and feels self-assured and attractive in her lingerie.

6. Selena Gomez

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Selena has consistently been transparent about her difficult experiences and has discussed her acceptance of her body shape. About the image posted above, Selena admitted that she initially wanted to conceal her scar from her kidney transplant. However, she now feels self-assured and takes pride in her journey.

7. Bebe Rexha

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The pop star expressed her self-love and body positivity in a post where she revealed her struggles with trying to conform to the image of a skinny pop star during her upbringing. In her own words, she highlighted the importance of honoring her body’s natural rhythm and doing her best.

8. Jonah Hill

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In discussing his passion for fashion, Jonah Hill expressed, “Being a bigger guy, it’s challenging to dress stylishly since clothing isn’t tailored to those who are overweight.” However, he realized that he alone determines his fashion choices regardless of his size and has the freedom to be himself.

9. Hilary Duff

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Hilary posted a photo on social media, showing her in a swimsuit while on vacation with her son. In her caption, she called out magazines for highlighting “celeb flaws” and admitted to having them herself. She expressed that her body is healthy and has given her the greatest gift of her life – her son, and encouraged women to be proud of their bodies.

10. Mindy Kaling

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Mindy Kaling addressed her exercise regimen during an interview, noting that while fitness has always been a constant in her life, she previously felt hesitant to discuss it due to societal beauty standards. She commented, ‘If you’re going to talk about someone who’s healthy and fit, you have to be a hard body with, like, a six-pack.’ Kaling has since learned to accept her body and reject unrealistic expectations.

11. Jonathan Van Ness

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Jonathan advocates for “Body Neutrality” in their book, emphasizing the importance of valuing what our bodies can accomplish rather than their appearance. According to them, cultivating mental and emotional well-being is crucial for achieving body neutrality and leading a fulfilling life.

12. Lizzo

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Lizzo has previously addressed the body positivity movement, expressing her thoughts on some of the more risqué photos she shares on social media. She stated, “I enjoy forming shapes with my body and normalizing the dimples in my buttocks, the bumps on my thighs, as well as my back fat and stretch marks. I find it to be stunning.”

Do you like the fact that public figures talk openly about body issues? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Written by Dadadel

CEO of @dadadelcreative® | Social Media & Digital Marketing Agency
Software Engineering graduate • Copywriter • Digital Marketer

Dadadel loves to smile and have a fine bottle of red wine. She is very keen on sarcasm and cats.

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