1. Ariana Grande had the best possible shut down to this ridiculous comment. 👏 🔥
2. Serena Williams has been body-shamed throughout her career, but when she was questioned on it specifically, she gave the most empowering response imaginable.
3. And she was equally inspiring during a speech at a Sports Illustrated event held in her honour:
I've had people look down on me, put me down because I didn't look like them – I look stronger. I've had people look past me because the colour of my skin, I've had people overlook me because I was a woman, I've had critics say I [would] never win another Grand Slam when I was only at No. 7 – and here I stand today with 21 Grand Slam titles, and I'm still going.
4. Lena Dunham also spoke up in support of Serena Williams, revealing that she believes this is the thought process driving men to body-shame her:
5. Lena Dunham has also been the victim of body-shaming, most recently after sharing this photograph on Instagram.
One comment she received read: "Why would you post this pic on social media? Nobody wants to see all that fat nasty blubber. Have some respect for your body and show some self control at the dinner table for christ's sake. go on a diet ya fat pig."
And Lena spoke candidly about the effects the comments had had on her:
I thought it was funny, I had to wear my boyfriend's underwear because my dog literally ate all my underpants. It wasn't a graphic picture—I was wearing men's boxers, and it turned into the most rabid, disgusting debate about women's bodies, and my Instagram page was somehow the hub for misogynists for the afternoon.
6. When Daisy Ridley found this meme online, she decided to point out that her size has nothing to do with her being a ~real woman~.
7. Gabourey Sidibe was body-shamed after these photographs of her at the Golden Globes Awards appeared, and she had the perfect sarcastic comeback.
8. When Nicki Minaj shared this video of her and Ariana Grande on stage together, numerous commenters criticised Ariana's body, saying, "What is Ariana doing?", "Ariana has nothing to shake," and, "She looks stupid because she has no butt."
So Ariana decided to shut the commenters down once and for all, leaving her own post on the video.
9. And, on a separate occasion, when a Twitter user compared Ariana Grande and Ariel Winter's bodies, saying Ariana looked "like a stick," she posted an A+ response.
10. And, in the ultimate display of girl power, Ariel tweeted her support, too.
11. When Selena Gomez posted this image of herself in a swimsuit, she was inundated with comments calling her "fat".
The criticism became so intense that actress Abigail Breslin wrote a blog post objecting to the comments:
I think if we all took the time we spend making each other feel bad about ourselves and used it to make each other feel good, the world would be a better place. Oh and also if we taught girls they had more newsworthy qualities than how they fit into a bikini, we'd have a lot more happy girls.
12. And, eventually, Selena Gomez gave an interview in which she said she doesn't give a fuck what anyone's opinions are when it comes to her body.
13. When Ariel Winter posted this photo on Instagram, showing her wearing a bikini while hanging out with her two nieces on vacation, she received comments saying that "dressing that way" suggested she was "asking for it".
She shared this image in response, reminding everyone that clothing choices in no way imply anything about the woman wearing them.
The full comment read:
Who knew that an innocent photo with my nieces would turn into this? The height of a girl's skirt or whatever she is wearing for that matter, does not imply what she is asking for. It sickens me to think at 17 years old, a photo of myself with my nieces is suggesting that I'm "asking for it". I typically never give power to the mean things people bravely say behind their computer screens on the Internet, but this is for the girls who are constantly bullied whether it be online or at school.. You are not asking for anything because of what you are wearing- you are expressing yourself and don't you ever think you deserve the negativity as the consequence to what you are wearing- YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Celebrate you and don't let anyone's comments allow you to think less of yourself. Us girls have to stick together!!!!!!
14. And when she was criticised for wearing a dress that exposed the scars from her breast reduction surgery, she shut down the comments perfectly.
15. Kim Kardashian revealed that the extent to which she was body-shamed during her first pregnancy actually affected her personality:
Before I was always smiling and so into being out and about. After I had the baby, I was like, these are the same people that made fun of me, and posted the stories that were so awful, calling me fat for something I couldn't control. I don't want to smile for them. I don't want to be out. It changed my mood, it changed who I was, it changed my personality a lot.
16. And during her second pregnancy, she was body-shamed some more – with people suggesting she was faking being pregnant, because her body hadn't changed as much second time round.
So she shared this image of herself on Instagram with a powerful comment in which she said she felt "blessed to be pregnant" and as a result was "learning to love" her body at every stage.
The caption read:
First they said I'm too skinny so I have to be faking it...Now they say I'm too big so I have to be faking it. SMH! Some days I'm photographed before I eat and look smaller, some days I've just eaten and I look bigger. It's all part of the process. I think you all know me well enough to know I would document this process if I got a surrogate. Everyone's body is different, every pregnancy is very different! I've learned to love my body at every stage! I'm so blessed to even be pregnant and even luckier to not have preeclampsia as far as I know, so I don't have the swelling issue this time! They also say your body carries a boy different than a girl! Whatever the case may be, I'm grateful to god for this miracle and no matter what rumours or comments you throw my way this time they truly don't affect me!
17. And when she was shown on Keeping Up With the Kardashians flying to Paris to satisfy pregnancy cravings, one viewer had this to say.
But Kim shut that shit down.
It's 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming – it's like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.
19. When Gigi Hadid was criticised for not having the same figure as other high fashion models, she took to Instagram to share this honest message.
20. Cheryl Fernandez-Versini found herself at the centre of body shaming comments during her latest stint on The X Factor. As a result, she wrote this Instagram post saying no woman should be judged for her body.
The other side of body shaming is skinny shaming. I think this happens just as much as shaming someone for being bigger. How often to do you say: "Give that girl a sandwich," or "she needs a good feed." Everyone says they want the "perfect body" and have so many body goals, but when a girl is just a bit too skinny in your eyes, she gets judged. It isn't your fault that you think like this. The media have told us that this size is too thin and this size is too big. That one roll of back fat is disgusting and not having a thigh gap (it's OK for your thighs to touch) means you're ugly. There is so, so, so, so much more to life than having the "perfect body". Every young person needs to understand that. Go travelling, learn about different cultures, be happy, fall in love and don't give a fuck about what people think. If your main goal in life is to be someone's "body goals," you need to reconsider your attitude.
21. When Melissa McCarthy received this sexist and body-shaming film review, she shut the reporter the fuck down.
[I said to him:] "If John C. Reilly played a really broken-down character and looked terrible?" I put a lot of time and effort having her completely not look like she cared about herself. It was part of how I felt she felt on the inside. I said, "Would you ever say that to a man?" and he said: "Well, I mean, you looked really bad."
And then she schooled him some more.
[I said,] "Do you have children? I hope you don't have a daughter. If she comes home and someone says, 'You can't have a job because you're unattractive,' are you going to say, 'That's right!'?"
And he took that in his heart and was like, "No, I would never want that to happen! Never in a million years want that to happen." I said, "Just know every time you write stuff every young girl in this country reads that and they just get a little bit chipped away."