Your favorite celebs are people, too. And like the rest of us, they have tried the worst four-letter word of all: diet. However, many of them have come out the other side of the Hollywood pressure to be thin VICTORIOUS.
They have said "no" to toxic diet culture and "hello" to self-love.
Here are 12 celebrities that ditched toxic diet culture and embraced body positivity.
Rihanna's body has changed over time — and she doesn't care what you think about it. Trolls came for her, claiming she was pregnant, and she didn't care. She says she's not trying to get a Victoria's Secret body, and she's happy as she is.
And she's spreading the wealth. Rihanna launched Savage X Fenty, a lingerie line that offers sizes from 00 to 24, with the aim of making everyone, at every size, feel sexy.
As First Lady, Michelle Obama launched her Let's Move campaign to get Americans exercising again. Remember that Beyonce video??!?
She said that Let's Move was "never about looks," but instead encouraging folks to make healthy lifestyle changes. Dear Michelle, please come back.
Mindy Kaling says "If you got it, flaunt it. If you don't get it, flaunt it."
Truer words have never been spoken.
Mindy attributes her toughness with critics to a deep acceptance with who she is, saying, "I was born this way and I can't really change that." GO, GIRL.
Lizzo's music is all about loving yourself RIGHT NOW. "Love yourself. Eat like you love yourself. Drink water like you love yourself."
Mia Kang entered fashion and was quickly instructed to shed weight.
She did, she hated it and she decided no, thanks.
She found muay thai boxing and started training like an athlete — which meant fueling her body like one. No more fasts, no more water-diets and low-calorie days. Now, she literally glows and empowers women across the world.
Melssa McCarthy is NOT about adhering to Hollywood's warped standards of beauty — and once she let go of comparing herself to others, she found happiness with her body.
"I truly stopped worrying about it," McCarthy said. "I stopped over-analyzing, over-thinking, over-doing anything. I kinda went back to when I was pregnant and I just stopped constantly being worried about it and I think there's something to kinda loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked. I could've figured that out before 44, but whatever."
Jameela Jamil says NOT TODAY, SATAN! to the idea that a woman's weight is the only thing that defines her. Her body positivity project, @I_weigh, encourages people to look "beyond our flesh and bones" — because people are valuable for MORE than what they weigh.
Lovato has struggled with eating disorders for a long time — but she's on the road to recovery, and she's outspoken about not playing the poisonous Hollywood diet game. She also uses her powerful public platforms to set a positive example for her fans.
"No longer depriving myself of treats (in moderation) and I’m not gonna lie, I put on a couple lbs since I’ve given up dieting BUT I’ve given up the chronic stress of what I eat because I don’t want to set that example for my fans. No more food shaming myself!! she tweeted.
Adele is perfect and beautiful and talented and chances are, so are you. She also doesn't get involved with "dieting," and she rarely discusses her size or her eating habits.
Adele knows her body does not dictate her career, because diets don't make you sing better, or teach better, or bartend better, or do ANYTHING BETTER. So be like Adele.
*schedules voice lessons*
Ashley Graham is a bonafide supermodel — and she's a size 16. She's making fashion sit up and take notice of the way plus-size women have been ignored and marginalized, and using her massive public platform to criticize traditional body standards. Her Instagram hashtag #BeyondBeautySize has inspired THOUSANDS of girls to post their inspiring pics — and encouraged so many more to love their bodies, exactly as they are.
Chrissy Teigen is admittedly blessed with "good genes" but that doesn't mean she's not a badass body-positive icon. She loves her family, her job, trolling the current political administration — and her body.
“I've always had an issue with the word 'diet,'" Teigen tweeted. “I love the idea of delicious, fulfilling flavor-packed proteins and good carbs with color and zest and love.”