Body shaming is a form of discrimination that is defined as the practice of publicly criticizing people for frequently being too thin or voluptuous.
This new form of discrimination is currently on the rise due to the current trend of a more liberated view on body image that is sweeping the media. However, if there is one prevalent form of body shaming that is taking the public by storm, it is ‘fat shaming’.
Despite the efforts of several advocates and plus-size models about putting forward statements meant to empower women in embracing their curves, it seems that there are still a great number of critics who are more determined to slam this revolutionary phase. They continue to go against the movement that has allowed people to accept heavier individuals for who they are, despite their sizes.
It’s a good thing that there are famous personalities who do their best to advocate for better and more positive self image, regardless of size. Below are just several of the people who know how to put “fat shamers” in their place:
1.) Kelly Clarkson
American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson is not just known for her music. She also got some flack for her weight, following the birth of her first born son. British television personality Kati Hopkins made headlines after giving out a boldly derisive statement about the singer having apparently eaten up all her backup dancers.
Kelly had a cool response for this:
“I’m awesome! It doesn’t bother me. It’s like, you are who you are. And it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be that [way] forever. Sometimes I’m more fit and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And sometimes I don’t and I’d rather have a glass of wine.”
2.) Gabourey Sidibe
Empire star Gabourey Sidibe became the subject of fat shaming following her appearance in the 2014 Golden Globe Awards ceremony. She took to Twitter specifically to air her grievances against her body critics with this quirky response:
“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. #JK.”
Grammy award winning singer and songwriter P!nk is widely recognized for her songs and her empowering statements against critics. So, it comes as no surprise that she has also had the perfect response for detractors who ‘fat shamed’ her, when she recently showed her support for a friend who was receiving an award for her commitment to cancer research.
She took to social media, particularly to Twitter by saying:
“While I admit that that dress didn’t photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty. In fact, I feel beautiful.”
She further continued:
“I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.”
She then re-posted photos of fan embracing their own shapes and sizes.
4.) Kristi Gordon
Meteorologist Kristi Gordon from Canadian Global BC News came under fire after viewers sent her hate mail for her pregnant belly and the clothes she wore. Her revenge? She read the hate mail on air and placed her response on a blog post, where she said:
“No matter how rational or confident you are, the mean things people say can have an impact. The negative thoughts seep in when you don’t even realize it.’’
5.) Tanis Jex Blake
A mother of five made headlines after she was dissed by two teenagers and made fun of, while she was tanning in her bikini. She had the perfect comeback for them. She posted the photo above on Facebook, with this statement:
“I’m NOT sorry that my body has housed, grown, protected, birthed and nurtured FIVE fabulous, healthy, intelligent and wonderful human beings.”
Her photo went viral and started a revolution of women posting photos of their own stretch mark-ridden bellies with the hashtag #BareYourBelly.
6.) Alyssa Milano
Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano had the best retort to an unkind commentary from comedian Jay Mohr. She took to Twitter with this:
“So sorry you felt the need to publicly fat-shame me. Be well and God Bless. Please send my love to your beautiful wife.”
7.) Ariana Grande
The ‘Break Free’ suffered ‘skinny shaming’ after posting a video of her performance of the song ‘Bang Bang’ with Nicki Minaj at the NBA All Star Game on Instagram. The object of her haters’ comments was the size of her derriere.
However, Grande had this graceful repartee:
“I’m shaking my pretty, cute, petite booty next to Nicki’s pretty big booty. Both are f***ing awesome. How about we respect people’s body boundaries and encourage each other to feel like a babe no matter how they are?”
8.) Lady Gaga
The Mother Monster is no stranger to critics. Known for her outrageous stage costumes and performances, the ‘Bad Romance’ singer became the object of fat shaming after posting a picture of herself in a one-piece bikini while flaunting her new curves.
She took to social media and replied to the people who were quite critical of her weight gain with this:
“So what if I got a belly sometimes, sometimes I don’t. There’s people starving in the world. I’d rather be fat than be shallow.”
9.) Demi Lovato
Disney alum Demi Lovato is also no stranger to being criticized. After her much publicized check in at rehab due to drug problems, her red carpet appearance caused quite a storm after she debuted with a little bit of weight gain.
She responded via Twitter with this witty comeback:
“Guess what, I’m healthy and happy, and if you’re hating on my weight you obviously aren’t.”
10.) Jessica Simpson
During 2012, singer Jessica Simpson received quite some negativity from the media following her weight gain during her pregnancy. Shortly after giving birth, Simpson responded:
“I think any woman who is pregnant and creating a life is pretty much entitled to eat whatever she wants as long as she’s healthy. I wasn’t going to let the media take away from what was one of the happiest times in my life.”
11.) Khloe Kardashian
The Kardashians are known for their voluptuous figures.
However, none has the more celebrated curves than Khloe Kardashian. Even her mother Kris Jenner is widely known for criticizing her own daughter’s full-bodied shape. She has spoken about not criticizing someone’s body and came out with this statement:
“What shallow souls some of you are. It’s sickening to critique anyone off of their appearance. Grow up!”
British phenomenon Adele is not only recognized for her beautiful ballads and mesmerizing voice, but also for her size. Adele has this to say about her weight:
“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.”
13.) Jennifer Lawrence
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence is one of the few A-list Hollywood celebrities, who is proud of her curves rather than being a victim to the ‘skinny trend’ that is sweeping the entire industry.
When she was just starting out, Lawrence was once told that she would be more successful if she was smaller than her current size.
“Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn’t lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet.”
She would not have any of it though and said this:
“If anybody even tries to whisper the word ‘diet,’ I’m like, ‘You can go fuck yourself.”
14.) Amy Schumer
Standup comedian Amy Schumer has been criticized for being ‘chubby’, especially by critic Jeffrey Wells. She had this witty rejoinder for the critic:
“I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses! From the bottom of my heart — I could not care less.”
15.) Melissa McCarthy
Comedic actress Melissa McCarthy had the perfect riposte when Max Reed called her “tractor-sized gimmick comedian who devoted her short career being obese and obnoxious with equal success”.
“I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot, I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”
16.) Samm Newman
Instragram came under fire after deleting the account of teenage Samm Newman. The deletion of her account was caused by the latter’s posts of herself in bras and boy shorts as part of a body sensitivity movement.
“They covered me entirely and I’ve seen pictures like that all over Instagram.”
Following the backlash, Instragram re-instated her account and Newman had these final words:
“Fat is not a bad word. How confident can you be if you keep censoring yourself because people don’t want to look at you?”
17.) Kim Zolciak
American television personality Kim Zolciak who is known for her stint in the series The Real Housewives of Atlanta suffered criticism, after she posted a selfie on her Instagram account. The selfie, it seemed caused quite a stir among individuals, who were fixated on her ‘chunky legs’.
She posted another photo with this reply:
“Yes I have thick or as some of my followers call them ‘chunky’ legs (Rude Ass People) always have and I love them that way.” She continued to post photos in a bikini throughout her trip.”
18.) Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is no stranger to criticism, especially with her illustrious career in the modeling industry.
Embracing her fuller figure, the model-turned-television personality delivered quite a response for her detractors, who nicknamed her “Thigh-ra Banks”, after she was photographed in a bathing suit:
“I have one thing to say to you: kiss my fat ass!”
19.) Sarah Millican
English comedienne Sarah Millican received some insulting comments about her size and dress, after she appeared on the red carpet during the BAFTA awards. The comedienne responded with an essay via The Radio Times, which had this powerful statement:
“I’m sorry. I thought I had been invited to such an illustrious event because I am good at my job.”
20.) Kristen Bell
Frozen star Kristen Bell was criticized for her weight gain during her pregnancy. Her response?
“I am not a woman, whose self-worth comes from her dress size.”
21.) Jennifer Livingston
News anchor Jennifer Livingston had an awesome reply to a viewer who sent her a hate mail, who described her as a “suitable example for the girls in the community’s young people particularly girls. I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle”.
This news anchor took to the air and read the daunting message, to which she made this rejoinder:
“I am much more than a number on a scale.”
If there is one thing that these ladies proved, it is the fact that size does not matter. They advocate embracing one’s uniqueness and individuality and believe that these are the two most important ingredients not just make it big in any industry one wants to make a mark in, but to feel comfortable in your own skin.