ByKeisha Swafford, writer at
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Keisha Swafford

1. Tyra shows her ass! (figuratively speaking)

Tyra Banks is a supermodel who has been judged for her body since she began her modeling career in 1989. She remembers being the gossipy high school girl who would look down on other girls. Then she got a growth spurt and became the tall, gawky girl with the big head. Her classmates would call her "lightbulb head." In 2008, she fought against body shaming when she made a powerful statement against a tabloid criticism of a bathing suit photo of Tyra looking curvier than usual.

Wearing the same bathing suit, standing next to the magazine photo, she called out those who shame women for their bodies: “If I had lower self-esteem, I would probably be starving myself right now.” She had a message for the haters: “Kiss my fat ass!” I love how outspoken and confident Tyra Banks is and she isn’t afraid to give anyone a piece of her mind.

2. Scream Queen keeps it real

Jennifer Love Hewitt is a beautiful actress who is super talented. I loved watching her in the Ghost Whisperer! She is also known for the Scream movies. After some unflattering photos of her in a bikini were mocked in the media, she stood up for herself and all women struggling with their body image by saying:

"I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family. And like all women out there should, I love my body. To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini — put it on and stay strong."

I just really admire how courageous and self-confident she is!

3. No gap in her future!

Demi Lovato was forced to close the gap in her teeth so she could look more "marketable." She loved that part about her face but Disney wasn’t going to hire her with her gap. She has always struggled with low self-esteem and depression, so being in the spotlight magnified them, making her fall victim to alcoholism. Now that she is older and more mature, she is showing that she is confident in her skin and fights the demons inside her. She also stood up for her little sister, Madison De La Garza, when people were making fun of her about her body weight.

4. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

According to the Huffington Post, Gina Rodriguez, Golden Globe winner and star of one of my favorite show, Jane the Virgin, summed up what real beauty is best:

"Beauty does come from within. I've met some of the most beautiful people, and sadly their heart is just not smiling, and that destroys it all. And then other people that aesthetically aren't considered as beautiful are the most gorgeous people I've ever seen in my life."

5. Melissa McCarthy is kind and beautiful!

I remember first seeing Melissa McCarthy in Gilmore Girls as Lorelai's best friend, Sookie. She was so sweet, kind, and funny and she was the best chef ever. I loved her character! I was so devastated when the show ended because I wouldn't be able to see the quirky and lovable Sookie. Recently she has played in awesome comedy movies such as Identify Thief, Spy, Bridesmaids, and Tammy.

The best part about her acting is that she is an attractive woman in real life but she can play these mean, nasty, and crazy characters who you will fall in love with, laugh with, cry with, and cheer for! I can't get enough of her movies. So I was angry when this man decided to criticize her role in Tammy because she didn't match his standard of what a woman should look like in movies. I was so proud of her when she killed him with kindness and wisdom. She also looks hilarious in her new movie The Boss:

Men and women in movies and shows should be seen for more than their good looks. For example, Adele is an amazing singer but she is constantly criticized for her weight. Melissa McCarthy and Rebel Wilson are hilarious comedians who get a bad reputation for their full figures. The list goes on! Body shaming makes women feel bad about themselves because they feel so much pressure to look their best all the time. People should be treated the same, no matter what they look like on the outside. Body shaming can be eliminated if more people put an emphasis on people’s inner beauty, God-given talents, and acting skills.


What do you think about body shaming?


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