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Last week, Rihanna took to Instagram to post quite possibly the coolest ode to retro Barbie we’ve ever seen. When we saw the photo, our first thought was “Gahhh-d she’s a goddess/could I ever pull that outfit off?” The body shamers lurking in the gutter of the Internet had a different response, however. Some harsh words were thrown in the comments section of her photo calling Rihanna “too fat,” “Not thin,” and “Sooo fat.” Some even questioned if the “Bad Habit” singer was pregnant.
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And the body shaming didn’t stop there. A fan account then reposted a throwback video of Rihanna buying snacks at a convenience store, where you can hear her best friend Melissa Forde commenting “You’re judging her — stop judging her” to another friend. And even though her BFF was there to defend her in the video, once again people were dissing Rihanna’s body in the comments section.
Of course, Queen Rih wouldn’t let that fly. She commented on the video with a succinct and perfect response for the haters: “Somebody called me too fat? 😂😂😂” If we’ve learned anything from the “Work” singer this week, it’s that laughing it off is always the best response.
Rihanna isn’t the only celebrity that’s had to ward off the body shamers. Our girl Selena Gomez experience a weight gain cyber attack in April of 2015 when she posted a stunning bikini photo of herself on Instagram. The negative comments about her weight gain poured in, but Selena had the perfect response. She quickly posted another bikini pic with the caption, “I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove 😂”
In eight words, a hashtag, and an emoji, Selena was able to accept her fluctuating body while showing all her fans that they should love theirs as well. #lifegoals
Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, and Demi Lovato are also ladies that spread the body love on what seems like a weekly basis. Girls creator and author, Lena, will simply not allow photographers to photoshop her body, which, in turn, gives girls an honest look at what bodies truly look like (Hello! Yes! We ALL have cellulite). Lena even thanked Glamour Magazine for the honest depiction of her cellulite on her cover shoot. “Thank you to the women in Hollywood (and on Instagram!) leading the way, inspiring and normalizing the female form in EVERY form, and thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere today ❤️ Love you all.”
When it was announced that Amy Schumer had been tapped to play Barbie in the live-action film last December (Anne Hathaway is now in talks for the part), she was met with critics questioning her weight. Her response was simple and to the point, reminding us that we ourselves hold all the power when it comes to our bodies. “Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and you have no shame in your game? I don’t think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love,” Amy wrote on her Instagram.
While Demi Lovato has made a career out of acting and singing, she’s making it her life’s mission to normalize body positivity. Part of this mission is being honest with her fans about her journey to love her body. “When I’m really down, I do a positive self-affirmation,” Demi explained to People. “I talk positively to myself in the mirror. As awkward and uncomfortable as it can be, it can be really self-assuring. I also talk to people around me. But getting in the gym makes me feel the best I possibly can, so I make sure I get that in.”
We’re not sure what could inspire you more than a lesson on loving your body from Rihanna to Demi, but if you would like to add a daily dose of inspo and positivity to your Instagram feed, here are 5 body positive accounts you simply must follow.
1. Honor Curves
3. Sabina Karlsson
4. Winnie Harlow
5. Matt Diaz
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