Celebrities Challenge Body & Beauty Standards

Let's be honest, the entertainment industry sets unrealistic beauty standards that discourage being au naturel, but things are changing... Many celebrities are embracing their body-positive looks and styles, from Lizzo and Kelly Clarkson to Winnie Harlow and Adele, Hollywood's finest are inspiring a new generation of self-love, and we're here for it! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / US model Ashley Graham showcases designs by Jason Grech at Melbourne Fashion Festival on March 7, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Image Credit: Getty Images / US model Ashley Graham showcases designs by Jason Grech at Melbourne Fashion Festival on March 7, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.


25. Kayla Itsines

She's transformed the lives of individuals around the world with her amazing workout programs, and Kayla shows no signs of slowing down! The body positivity hero encourages her fans of all sizes and fitness levels with motivational progress reports via her Instagram pages. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Personal trainer Kayla Itsines attends day 1 of POPSUGAR Play/Ground on June 9, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Personal trainer Kayla Itsines attends day 1 of POPSUGAR Play/Ground on June 9, 2018 in New York City.

So, what is Kayla's main advice to encourage a happy and healthy life? She says:

"Stop looking at yourself as something that needs to be 'fixed,' [and] focus on improvements. Focus on health and focus on happiness. Create goals and smash them. Encourage others to do the same and help build a world we would be proud to have our kids grow up in."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kayla Itsines leads a workout on day 1 of POPSUGAR Play/Ground on June 9, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kayla Itsines leads a workout on day 1 of POPSUGAR Play/Ground on June 9, 2018 in New York City.


24. Iskra Lawrence  

The world has become accustomed to the perfected images of what "beauty" should look like. With the popularity of social media, this craze has been highlighted even more, but models like Iskra are shifting gears and advocating for healthy natural realities. An ambassador for Aerie, Iskra, always inspires her followers with her unedited self. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Model Iskra Lawrence poses in Paris, France, on September 27, 2018.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Model Iskra Lawrence poses in Paris, France, on September 27, 2018.


23. Harry Styles

He shot to fame thanks to his membership in the beloved band, One Direction, but since his solo career, Harry Styles has changed his look completely. The handsome star is now a fashion icon, promoting alternative beauty standards for men and women. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Harry Styles attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Harry Styles attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019.


22. Ariel Winter 

Ariel Winter, aka Alex Dunphy from Modern Family, grew up on our screens. As a growing young adult, she has been through body changes and has often been slammed for this. But lately, she has taken a stand against this bullying and now shares candidly about her self love journey.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Actress Ariel Winter arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Ariel expressed:

"I decided that instead of pleasing these other people, I’ll just spend that time pleasing myself. Those people are going to be rude to me regardless of what I do, so I should just try and be happy with what I am.”

Image Credit: Getty Images / Ariel Winter attends Walt Disney Television Emmy Party on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Ariel Winter attends Walt Disney Television Emmy Party on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


21. Jorja Smith

Known for her sultry voice, the singer and Dior makeup ambassador Jorja Smith is inspiring for many reasons. Fans are used to Jorja's sleek locks but were surprised to see the star go au naturel with her luscious curls. The post has made many realize that we should embrace our authenticity more regularly! 


20. Ashley Graham 

Scrolling through Instagram or paging between magazines can leave us feeling very deflated. Luckily, hope is on the horizon as women like Ashley Graham and now normalizing real body types. We adore this supermodel for the strides she is making toward a wholesome body-positive future for all, thanks, Ash! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Model Ashley Graham reveals the new Barbie at Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Model Ashley Graham reveals the new Barbie at Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles.


19. Sarah Hyland

Another Modern Family star, Sarah Hyland, has also come under fire for her ever-changing body. She struggles with medical issues that have left the award-winning actress with a fluctuating appearance. Despite the negativity, Hyland says, "Love yourself and be patient. We are all stronger than we think we are."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Sarah Hyland attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Sarah Hyland attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020.


18. Lizzo

Lizzo has taken the entertainment industry by storm with hit after hit. She is also pretty well known for the various positive messages she shares related to body image. It's great to see her flaunt her assets, and she loves performing alongside plus-size dancers, letting the world embrace their beauty, you go, girl! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Lizzo Preforms onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Lizzo Preforms onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020.


17. Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the block, aka Jennifer Lopez, might seem like a confident force to be reckoned with now, but she also had to fight to keep her stunning curves. Hollywood standards initially told her to shake off a few pounds, to which she replied, "No, I don't. If I lose any more weight, it won't be me." 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Jennifer Lopez attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Jennifer Lopez attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020.


16. Adele

Adele undoubtedly has one of the best voices to grace our planet, but she continuously gains media attention for another reason; her weight. At first, she was too big, and now, in 2020, she is being criticized for her weight loss. The star ignores the haters and simply does what is best for her health. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Adele performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Adele performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Adele's former personal trainer, Camila Goodis, expressed it perfectly when she said: "She's working out, but I think 90 percent of it is diet. It's a good diet ... [and] she looks amazing." The singing sensation is looking happy, and we can't wait to see what she does next musically. 


15. Chrissy Teigen

TV star, Chrissy Teigen, who also happens to be married to a legend, John Legend that is, is no stranger to media trolls. Instead of shying away from them, she uses her massive platform to fight against the beauty standards they impose. Chrissy regularly shares her imperfections, allowing us mere mortals to feel a bit more normal. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Chrissy Teigen is seen at the GRAMMY Charities Signings during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Chrissy Teigen is seen at the GRAMMY Charities Signings during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.


14. Christina Hendricks

Known for her roles on Mad Men and Good Girls, this actress is a true powerhouse. Yet, she has faced extreme uphills in the industry for her body shape. Losing jobs and being stereotyped is just one side of the coin, but this has propelled Christina Hendriks to embrace her curves.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Christina Hendricks arrives to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Christina Hendricks arrives to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018.

The star expressed:

"There should be a million different body types [on television]. I was born with this figure, and I’m very proud of it and I love fashion so I try to wear clothes that will make me look good. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Guest star Christina Hendricks on the set of Busy Tonight.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Guest star Christina Hendricks on the set of Busy Tonight.


13. Khloe Kardashian 

Khloe Kardashian has been through the most with the press who have called her "the ugly sister." This hate pushed her to prove them wrong, and now the gorgeously curvaceous woman has her own series called Revenge Body. In the series, she helps others become the best versions of themselves.  

Image Credit: Getty Images / Watch What Happens Live - Season 13, pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen and Khloe Kardashian.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Watch What Happens Live - Season 13, pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen and Khloe Kardashian.


12. Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is natural beauty at its best. Since 2016, the gifted musician has been makeup-free. This is not because she dislikes makeup but rather because she wants to normalize embracing natural beauty in the entertainment industry. Alicia looks so good; we all want to try her beauty and skin routine

Image Credit: Getty Images / Alicia Keys attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebrates "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" Presented By Cartier at The Plaza Hotel on September 06, 2019.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Alicia Keys attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebrates "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" Presented By Cartier at The Plaza Hotel on September 06, 2019.


11. Paris Jackson

As the daughter of Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson has certainly inherited her dad's affinity for alternative fashion. She has been vocal about her opinion on the fashion industry and their unrealistic expectations. She believes this is the reason many models and women feel insecure.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Paris Jackson attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Paris Jackson attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

Paris shared:

"I can't fit into a runway sample size of designer clothes, I have scars and stretch marks and acne and I have cellulite. The idea that we all have to fit one idea of beauty is outrageous and ridiculous because 'perfection' is just an opinion."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Paris Jackson attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Paris Jackson attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019.


10. Oprah Winfrey

The queen of television, Oprah Winfrey, might seem like nothing can get her down, but she too faced condemnation for her body image. The host only "made peace with food" in her sixties. Since learning what works for her, she is passionate about helping others find their balance toward a healthy and holistic identity. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Oprah speaks onstage during 'Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour' presented by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined).

Image Credit: Getty Images / Oprah speaks onstage during 'Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour' presented by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined).


9. Hilary Duff

She's been on our screen from teen to adult, and now Hilary Duff is giving back to her faithful fans. The star always shares candid and real snaps with her followers via social media. Be it an image of her cellulite or belly fat, she breaks the norm of what beauty should look like. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Hilary Duff attends the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Hilary Duff attends the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills.

The actress is a proud mother and made the following powerful statement on her Instagram:

"My body is healthy and gets me where I need to go. Ladies, let's be proud of what we've got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed."

Image Credit: Getty Images / Hilary Duff is seen on January 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Hilary Duff is seen on January 15, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.


8. Winnie Harlow

Canadian model, Winnie Harlow shot to fame thanks to her appearance on America's Next Top Model, and now she's a big name in the fashion world. But it was not always easy for the star who has a skin condition called vitiligo. She proves that natural beauty can be different and make you stand out for all the right reasons. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Winnie Harlow walks the runway during the Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 20, 2020.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Winnie Harlow walks the runway during the Ralph & Russo Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 20, 2020.


7. Jonathan Van Ness

You will know Jonathan Van Ness from the Netflix series Queer Eye. The vibrant star always delivers fresh and creative styles, proving that fashion and beauty are about staying true to yourself. Van Ness is now an inspiration to the many fans he has garnered from all around the world. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Wednesday, October 2, 2019, with guest Jonathan Van Ness.

Image Credit: Getty Images / The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Wednesday, October 2, 2019, with guest Jonathan Van Ness.


6. Tess Holliday

Tess Holliday is a plus-size fashion model that will make you rethink your views on what the fashion industry says. Her natural beauty and confidence ooze in everything she does, and the star is now encouraging more women to embrace their beautiful curves, you go, girl. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Tess Holliday attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Tess Holliday attends the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles.


5. Lady Gaga

Pop singing sensation, Lady Gaga has never been one to go with the flow. Breaking boundaries and saying no to stereotypes is what she does best. With every song, video, and appearance on the red carpet, she shows us why fitting into the typical beauty standards should never be our goal.  

Image Credit: Getty Images / Lady Gaga arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Lady Gaga arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019.


4. Amy Schumer

She's a fantastic comedian and actress, but she also uses her platform to speak up about the impossible standards created by the entertainment industry. Yes, it's the lovely Amy Schumer! In her shows and films (I Feel Pretty), Amy is dedicated to portraying women accurately and not overly polished, how refreshing! 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Amy Schumer attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Amy Schumer attends the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City.


3. Billie Eilish

She's arguably one of the biggest names in the music world today, and the young Billie Eilish has truly made her mark. As a teenage singer-songwriter, she doesn't bend down to the negative comments or expectations about how she should look or dress according to Hollywood standards. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Billie Eilish attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Billie Eilish attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020.

In fact, the star is known for dressing in an alternative manner. Instead of opting for slim-fitting dresses or clothing, she almost always sports baggy attire. From oversized jumpers to drooping pants, her style is unique, and this has inspired many of her fans to break away from the normal idea of fashion and beauty. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Billie Eilish performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Billie Eilish performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.


2. Kelly Clarkson

With one of the world's best voicesKelly Clarkson might have music gurus on her side, but she is still a victim of the fashion and body police. Kelly has always been criticized for her weight journey, but the star has made peace with herself and now embraces her curves, imploring others to do so as well. 

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kelly Clarkson on season 1 of her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Kelly Clarkson on season 1 of her talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.


1. Drew Barrymore

She's been acting since she was a baby, which means Drew Barrymore knows Hollywood expectations better than anyone. It's been tough for her to reconcile her own ideas about beauty compared to what was always the norm for her. In recent times, Drew has started to share her struggles with body positivity.

She expressed that becoming a mother has changed her body and that "If I looked decent on anything I have done since I had my two kids, I have clawed my way there." Her honesty has encouraged many of her fans to trust the process and accept their beautiful bodies the way they are. We love you, Drew!

Image Credit: Getty Images / Drew Barrymore visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on August 24, 2010 in New York City.

Image Credit: Getty Images / Drew Barrymore visits "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater on August 24, 2010 in New York City.

Wow! These men and women are true inspirations, breaking down expectations and beauty standards that have been plaguing us for decades. Which star's motto or body positivity journey stood out to you? Leave us a comment, and be sure to click the share button if you liked this article! 

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