A majority of women are honest about being dissatisfied with their bodies. This is not necessarily a bad thing, everyone wants to change something about themselves. But when the insecurities begin to affect their confidence and social life, it becomes a problem. Oftentimes, women subject themselves to self-harm because of body image issues. Alarming reports show that one in four women in the United have suffered or are currently suffering from eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.
Fortunately, there are individuals who aren’t afraid of using their voice to bring these issues to everyone’s attention. Here are the best body image heroes of the modeling and entertainment industry.
Body Image Heroes Who Are Actively Spreading Body-Positivity
1. Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham is probably the most popular plus-size model in the world right now. She has done everything from posing for Vogue to walking the runways of New York Fashion Week. Graham is not afraid to flaunt her natural cellulite in unretouched photos and even used her historic Sports Illustrated shoot as a platform to encourage women to feel proud about their bodies:
“It doesn’t matter what size you are. It doesn’t matter if you have cellulite. It doesn’t matter if things jiggle where they’re not supposed to. That’s still beautiful.”
A list of body image heroes would never be complete without pop culture icon Beyoncé. Queen Bey has long been an advocate for women. One thing she holds close to her heart is teaching others that there are qualities that are far more important than physical beauty.
“We all have our imperfections. But I’m human, and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.”
3. Serena Williams
Serena Williams has a number of accomplishments under her belt, both on and off the tennis court, but that does not stop hecklers from attacking her. As one of the most celebrated athletes of all time, Williams makes it a point to remind women that when it comes to their bodies, their own opinion is what should matter the most.
“I love my body, and I would never change anything about it. I’m not asking you to like my body. I’m just asking you to let me be me.”
4. Nikolay Lamm
Back in 2013, an artist named Nikolay Lamm created a 3-D model of an average 19-year-old woman and placed it next to a Barbie doll. The results were astonishing, and it was even more amazing to see a man take a stance on such a sensitive topic. In an e-mail sent to the Huffington Post, Lamm had this to say about the impact of his project:
“If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well. Furthermore, a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good.”
5. Jennifer Lawrence
When she burst into the Hollywood scene, people could not help but fall in love with Jennifer Lawrence‘s outspoken personality. Lawrence was not afraid to caution young girls about the dangers of starving themselves during her Hunger Games press tour, saying:
“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.’ That’s something I was really conscious of during training . . . I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong—not thin and underfed.”