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Ben Turner

Could it be that the tides are turning against the grave era of impalpable body ideals and incessant photo-editing, which made celebrities and models resemble something other than human?

I hope so too Neil Patrick Harris, because we've been in this rut for quite a while now.

So many young people today put media personalities on a pedestal of what success and happiness look like in physical form. Ironically, it is this which has done a number on the mental health of so many young guys and girls who battle with eating disorders and body dysmorphia issues every day.

What we observe in the media is vastly unreal, to such an extent that edited photos stray so far away from what celebrities looked like in the original shot, many a time.

However, it's great to see an emerging generation of celebrities who know all too well, like the rest of us, the harm that the unrestricted projection of extreme body ideals can do. 23-year-old Demi Lovato, or 18-year-old Kylie Jenner have done some amazing body positive acts this year that could signal an important change in pop culture and its consumption by impressionable people.

Here's a round-up of celebrities that embraced their imperfections publicly in 2015, all the while helping so many people around the world feel great in their bodies too.

1. Kylie Jenner

Kylie has a large scar on her leg. In an interview several years ago she opened up about how she got it:

“When I was about 5 my sister and I were playing hide and seek and I hid inside this really tall-enclosed gate. After a while, when my sister didn’t find me, I had to climb up on this sharp pole sticking out from the gate. I slipped and the pole went into my leg. I tried pulling away to get the pole out but it just tore through my whole leg.” Kylie then points out that the scar used to appear even worse than it does today. “It’s smaller now though because I grew!”

Lately, Kylie has been really proud of her scar and makes no attempt to hide it in photos. She even outright embraced it on Instagram:

Scars are so normal and happen to so many of us, so it's really crazy to think that in popular celebrity culture, everyone appears scarless. It's almost as if they haven't lived lives or something.

2. Gigi Hadid

You might be thinking that model Gigi Hadid fits the perfect mold of the right way for a woman to look. She's a really stunning girl with a naturally slender physique with a healthy glow.

Yet, Gigi had been body shamed and told she is too fat to model on many occasions. Gigi reached breaking point and posted this on her Instagram:

3. Lena Dunham

Lena's Instagram post and the attached caption were absolutely fantastic. I have to say many people would immediately jump at a chance to attend dinner with Lena Dunham only in underwear and boots.

How saucy.

4. Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer's recent photoshoot for the Pirelli calendar was nothing short of fantastic. Amy herself said that it was an experience where she could have her photo taken of her in an authentic environment. The results were incredible, portraying a gorgeous woman in an honest and realistic way.

5. Serena Williams

This gem of tennis superstar Serena Williams was also breathtaking. Can you believe that this lady gets criticism from trolls for her incredible broad and muscular body? This photo in Pirelli is not only an artisan photo, but completely celebrates Serena's body type in a body positive way.

6. Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen is mysteriously beautiful but it's important to remember that despite everyone else being so breath taken by her appearance, she still has her own body insecurities that she has to deal with.

That's why it was so great when Chrissy Teigen posted a photo on her Instagram of her temporary bruises, with the real positive act being that she was acknowledging and displaying her stretch marks: "Stretchies say Hi!".

Chrissy's acknowledgement of her stretch marks really resonated with her fan base. One of her followers wrote:

"Wow thank you for this, you've have boosted my self-esteem Love you @chrissyteigen ,"

7. Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has done so much for body positive issues in 2015, it deserves its own article. My favorites include the time she put up a photo of her perfectly imperfect beach bod with the message "you don't have to have a thigh gap to be beautiful".

Another favorite is the time when she sent all of the body shaming trolls back into their dank caves.

Also this Instagram post she made at the start of the year was very inspiring.

It's great to see Demi, who has spoken about her struggles with mental health issues in the past make so much progress in the right direction, while making her fan base also feel better in themselves.


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