10 More Female Celebrities with Amazing Views On Body ImageKaren Belz

Let me start out by saying this: I’m amazed by the incredible responses I received after writing this article, which showcased ten female celebrities who have a great outlook on body image. But then again, I shouldn’t be surprised – this site is geared for everyone, but most of the readers I’ve interacted with have been smart, happy, confident individuals who have been extremely progressive towards viewing women and each other in a healthy and supportive way. I’m happy you found the list inspiring.

It made me realize that there are far more celebrities out there who promote a healthy and happy mindset, and they’ve been extremely beneficial towards educating young men and women to accept and appreciate their peers and their communities regardless of their body type. So let’s say we expand this list, shall we?

Ladies and gentleman, here are ten more celebrities who deserve some recognition over their views on body image. Let’s start the list at #11, to continue on from the original piece.

11. Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey’s views on body image are just one of the many reasons why we absolutely adore her. In an article with Glamour magazine last year, she addressed the issue by saying that while growing up, her on-screen heroes (like Debra Winger, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton) were never at a level of thinness that others would claim to be alarming. “You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood,” she said. “The range of what’s acceptable is larger than what people believe.”

In a 2012 interview with Allure, Zooey admitted that she followed a healthy diet of vegetables, grains and proteins, but she wasn’t obsessed with staying thin. She believes she’s at a healthy weight (and she is!) and that she shouldn’t have to strive to get smaller. Being healthy and confident definitely makes her a great role model for pretty much everyone.

12. Christina Hendricks

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I’m pretty sure that Christina Hendricks is the girl that every guy I know, including my husband, has a crush on. And that’s cool, since she’s extremely crush-worthy for multiple reasons. Who doesn’t love her portrayal of Joan on Mad Men?

Even after springing into Hollywood, Christina’s down-to-earth nature makes her extremely relatable. In an interview she did with WebMD about loving your body, she was quoted as saying, “Even now, it’s never been a focus in my life. I’ve always been fit, I’ve always been active, and I’ve always been healthy, but I’ve just tried to live my life the way I live it. It’s nice that I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about it lately, but I’m just doing what I normally do.”

13. Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita has been an amazing role model for multiple reasons. For one, she just launched into the spotlight after her very first film, 12 Years A Slave, was rightfully nominated for multiple awards at the Oscars and the Golden Globes. Her role as Patsey won her the Best Supporting Actress trophy at the Academy Awards this year, and she gave an amazing acceptance speech that ended with “When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from your dreams are valid.” Note: I might be a little teary eyed while I’m writing this. It’s – uh. spring allergies.

Lupita gave another stunning speech at the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, which will probably never, ever be forgotten. She mentioned getting a fan letter that thanked her and told her she was lucky to be “this black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight.” Here’s part of her speech (and here’s a link to the full speech, since you definitely need to see and/or hear it.)

“…My mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.

And what my mother meant when she said you can’t eat beauty was that you can’t rely on how you look to sustain you. What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul.”

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  3. Tyra Banks is a purveyor of negative body image. She is not a representative example of a role model for women. She berates and attacks women for their appearance, culture, and for being who they are.

  4. Diane Keaton has said publicly that she battled with bulimia for much of her early career…which makes Zooey’s Glamour comment a bit uncomfortable

    • I think that’s because there’s no “looking” like you have an eating disorder, which is what Zooey said. Sure, diagnostic criteria for anorexia states being at or less than 85% of your ideal body weight (if I’m not mistaken), but undergoing habits of disordered eating can happen to anyone. Bulimics can be at a healthy or even overweight range.

  5. Thin is not attractive. Lean is. The perfect body, for me, is muscular and that’s for both men and women. Anorexia indicates shaky mental health and is not something anyone should strive for..

  6. As a guy, this subject always intrigued me, because I never found larger women to be any less attractive than thinner women. I don’t understand where all this pressure for women to be thin has come from, because (assuming the object of being thinner is to be more attractive) being thinner simply isn’t more or less attractive. No guy I have ever known, myself included, has found larger women less attractive.
    Also, I know she’s talked about a lot these days, but if you ever do a third one of these lists Jennifer Lawrence should be added to the list.

    • Theo, you’re a gentleman and a scholar. It’s amazing (and refreshing) to hear your viewpoints. Jennifer Lawrence was actually #1 on the first article! She’s incredible.

      Karen Belz | 4/03/2014 09:04 am
  7. If I looked even a forth as good as these woman… I would probably stay just as lazy and hungry as I am now, but at least I’d be confident about my lazy eating. I never understand some people comments on weight, I mean, Kate Upton is gorgeous beyond WORDS, and people said she was a cow? What? I guess that makes me Jabba. To thin girls who can eat their body’s weight in food, I wish I had your metabolism, to thick girls who think starving themselves is the only way to be pretty, eat a nice protein based meal and give yourself some credit. Beauty isn’t only skin deep, if you are hurting your body in order to be pretty, it’s not worth it. Be healthy, not skinny. That’s the biggest thing here! Don’t aim to be PRETTIER, aim to be HEALTHIER. You’ll feel great, and confidence makes a big difference to your beauty.

  8. What about naturally skinny people who eat healthily and even eat some junk food and don’t gain weight? You don’t want girls with fast metabolisms and no boobs feeling bad about themselves because skinny has such negative connotations these days and seems so wrong. Check out this article by the famous vlogger Zoella- and maybe feature one girl who doesn’t have much weight and is naturally born like that. http://www.zoella.co.uk/2011/03/why-are-you-so-skinny.html

    • Lupita was on this list and she herself is fairly thin, in fact most of these women are. You’re missing the point of the article which was pretty much love yourself at any size, that includes thin.

    • I think you’re missing the point. Yes, a majority of these women are curvy but what they’re trying to say is that your body type doesn’t matter we’re all beautiful in our own way. This includes skinny girls who have fast metabolisms. We all need to accept ourselves for who we are and stop letting others tell us how we look.

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