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
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
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
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.”