Guest post from http://www.tinagayle.blogspot.ca/
As someone who has battled negative body image for most of my life—but getting better—I admire women who ooze self-confidence and celebrate self-love despite size bias and weight shaming. My following top ten are smart, talented, and prove there is no one size that makes you beautiful. You rock, ladies.
Who else would you add to the list?
Amber Riley – During an interview, Amber told of her rocky road to stardom and the criticism she received about her weight, admitting it “hurt for a minute, but being told no just made me work harder. I wasn’t going to be held back by my size.” She also said, “I love my breasts, my face, my butt,” but most importantly, “I love myself.”
Melissa McCarthy – What did Melissa do when she couldn’t find a designer willing to make a dress for her to wear to the Oscars? She started her own plus-size clothing line. The take-charge comedic actress doesn’t let those critical of her weight get to her. At 44, she says despite all the media focus on her size, she’s happy with the way she looks.
Queen Latifah – The Queen is not afraid to show off her curves. Happy with herself, she said in an interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, “When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.”
Adele – “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that,” says the multi-Grammy winner.
Rebel Wilson – The funny and sassy actress admitted in an online interview, “I don’t really care what I look like that much, and I think women out there should just be happy with the way they look. They shouldn’t really try to conform to any kind of stereotype. Just be happy and hopefully healthy.”
Camryn Manheim – Not only a talented actress, Camryn is also the best-selling author of “Wake Up, I’m Fat!” A chronicle of her journey from a self-hating, “overweight” teenager, desperate to fit in, to a self-loving, fat activist.
Gabourey Sidibe – Love the way Gabourey fought back when she was cruelly criticized about her size on Twitter after her appearance at the Golden Globe Awards. “To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night.” BAM!
Demi Levato – Recovering from bulimia and a number of other issues, I have to give props to Demi for turning her life around and embracing who she is. Demi says after seeing a previous picture of herself on the red carpet: “I wasted so many years ashamed of my body… I not only feel so grateful for the love and support I’ve had from fans, friends and family, but… I also feel… beautiful. I’m so excited to live my life the way I deserve to and to the complete fullest.”
Salma Hayek – Salma, the outspoken actress has often expressed her concerns about Hollywood’s obsession with being thin. She says of not dieting: “It’s good for my mood. I am happy because I eat.”
Nikki Blonsky – The powerhouse singer of Hairspray fame says she is happy she didn’t give into the pressure to be thin to get into showbiz. Nikki explains the best way to keep self-esteem high is by, “Picking out the great things that you love about yourself… and focus on that rather than, ‘oh my hips are too big’ or ‘I have fat on my thighs.’”