No is immune to the sting of being judged by others– and now with social media and the ability to leave hateful anonymous comments, body-shamers are worse than ever before. Now, some women have had enough and they’re lashing out at the haters. Here are 15 women who shut down their body-shamers like a boss.
1. Kelly Clarkson
After British television personality Katie Hopkins joked that Kelly had “eaten all her backup singers,” the star responded, “I’m awesome! It doesn’t bother me.” In a later interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she added, “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.”
After P!nk attended a benefit supporting a friend receiving an award for her commitment for cancer research, Twitter users were quick to criticize her size. The star posted a note in response, 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 continued, “I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.”
3. Kristi Gordon
Kristi Gordon, a meteorologist from Canadian Global BC News, read hate mail from viewers on the air that shamed her pregnant belly and the clothes she chose to cover it. In a blog post, Kristi explained how the comments hurt, saying, “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.”
4. Alyssa Milano
After comedian Jay Mohr commented on Alyssa’s weight, “It seems like she had a baby and said, ‘I don’t really give a $***,'” Alyssa 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.” Killing them with kindness.
5. Lady Gaga
When Lady Gaga posted this photo to Instagram, she received negative comments about her “weight gain.” She responded, “So what if I got a belly sometimes, sometimes I don’t. There’s people starving in the world.” Adding, “Id rather be fat than be shallow.”
6. Arianna Grande
When Ariana Grande posted a video from her performance of “Bang Bang” with Nicki Minaj at the NBA All-Star Game on her Instagram, haters posted comments about the size of her butt. Ariana responded, “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?”
7. Demi Lovato
When Demi returned to the red carpet after three months in rehab, there were a lot of comments about her weight. She took to Twitter to respond, writing, “Guess what, I’m healthy and happy, and if you’re hating on my weight you obviously aren’t.”
8. Jessica Simpson
During her 2012 pregnancy, Jessica received a lot of criticism from the media about her size. After giving birth, she spoke out, saying, “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.”
In response to criticisms about her size, Adele insists that she is perfectly happy with her weight. “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines,” she said. “I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that.”
10. Jennifer Lawrence
“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.” The Oscar winner ignored the advice because she clearly didn’t need any help from anyone.
11. Melissa McCarthy
When Max Reed described Melissa as “tractor-sized” and called her “a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success,” Melissa was stunned. “I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot,” she told The New York Times. “I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”
12. Kim Zolciak
After Kim posted a selfie to Instagram, commenters fixated on her “chunky” legs. She posted another photo as a response, writing in the caption, “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.”
13. Tyra Banks
After a bathing suit photo of Tyra was published in tabloids under headlines like “Thigh-ra Banks,” she put on the same suit on her show that the photo was a result of a bad camera angle. To the haters, she responded, “I have one thing to say to you: kiss my fat ass!”
14. Kristen Bell
While pregnant, Kristen received criticism of her new shape. Her response? “I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.” BAM.
15. Gabourey Sidibe
After the 2014 Golden Globes, Gabourey responded to fat-shaming tweets with the most perfect tweet possible, “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.