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    Amy Schumer Called Out A Magazine For Including Her In Their "Plus Size" Issue As A Size 6, And 18 Other Times Celebs Called Out The Media For Screwing With Their Body Image

    "My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now." —Adele

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    It's no secret that the media produced and peddled by Hollywood has had a negative impact on lots of people's body image — including the celebrities who create and star in those movies, music videos, and magazine covers.

    A lot of them haven't held back when it comes to calling out how their careers affected the way they feel about their own bodies.

    Here are 19 times celebs called out Hollywood and the media for the negative way they impacted their body image:

    Some entries mention eating disorders and body dysmorphia.

    1. Rebel Wilson drew attention to the fact that her 2020 weight loss garnered more media attention than the four films she starred in during 2019 did.

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    2. Kumail Nanjiani told Vulture that, after undergoing a physical transformation for Eternals, he began to experience body dysmorphia, and when a paparazzi picture of him outside his gym went viral, "To hear a bunch of people reaffirming my own darkest thoughts about myself was very difficult."

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    3. When Beyoncé was 19, she began to feel insecure because of comments people were making about her body, but she "woke up one day and refused to feel sorry for [herself]" and then wrote the iconic Destiny's Child song "Bootylicious."

    4. During an Instagram Live, Miley Cyrus said that after people online mocked her 2013 VMAs performance and compared her body to turkey, she "basically went through two or three years where [she] wouldn't wear shorts" and "stopped wearing skirts onstage."


    5. Speaking about her post-weight-loss Instagram pictures that went viral despite the fact that she didn't mention her body in the post, Adele clarified to Vogue, "My body’s been objectified my entire career. It’s not just now."


    6. Lizzo told Apple Music's Zane Lowe that, as a plus-size woman in music, one of the most difficult parts of her career is "accepting that [she] was a part of a new movement or a wave" when she was only being herself.


    7. Amy Schumer put Glamour on blast for including her in their "plus-size only" issue "without asking or letting [her] know," which she said on Instagram didn't feel right to her because "plus-size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8...young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus-size?"

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    8. Mindy Kaling told Good Morning America that one day in The Office writers room, a coworker suggested that their character should tell hers that she could lose 15 pounds as a "joke."

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    9. Megan Fox told British GQ that, after being heavily sexualized early in her career, she reached a "breaking point" following Jennifer's Body and has "body dysmorphia...[and] a lot of deep insecurities."

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    10. Sharing a screenshot of a Daily Mail article about him going shirtless at the beach, Jonah Hill said he didn't take his shirt off at the pool until he reached his 30s, and it "probably would have happened sooner if [his] childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about [his] body by press and interviewers."

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    11. After their Saturday Night Live performance, Halsey addressed comments about their postpartum body on Instagram, writing, "The body behind all those compliments the other night was wearing a custom tailored outfit and lighted perfectly after much testing, so I could feel good and do my job. I do not want to feed the Illusion that you’re meant to feel and look 'great' immediately postpartum."


    12. Jessie Cave told the Independent that she gained weight after filming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and when she returned for The Deathly Hallows, she "was treated like a different species."

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    13. Sharing a shirtless picture on Instagram, Sam Smith said, "In the past if I have ever done a photo shoot with so much as a t-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally taken the picture down... Yesterday I decided to fight the fuck back."


    14. In her documentary Miss Americana, Taylor Swift said that seeing magazine covers insinuating that she'd gained weight or might be pregnant "would just trigger [her] to just…starve a little bit."


    15. Jessica Simpson told Today that, after photos of her performing in mom jeans went viral in 2009, she felt "taken down by the world," and "it ruined the stage for [her]," which had previously felt like home.


    16. On The Ellen Show, Demi Lovato said that they struggled with an eating disorder in part because of the extreme measures their previous team took to control their life, such as removing the phone from their hotel rooms to prevent them from calling room service and taking away fruit because there was sugar in it.


    17. After a bikini picture of Khloé Kardashian that was posted without her approval went viral, she shared unedited videos of herself on Instagram and said, "The photo that was posted this week is beautiful... But as someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn't flattering in bad lighting or doesn't capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point — and then shares it to the world — you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared."

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    18. On No Filter With Naomi, Ashley Graham said that, after she was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, another model got upset and said that Ashley "was very large, and that women [Ashley's] size should not be on the cover.”


    19. And finally, on Instagram, Jameela Jamil highlighted the fact that money "is the reason most people don't look as thin and young as celebrities" and gives celebs access to certain privileges, such personal trainers, organic food, surgeons, and makeup artists.

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