These Gen Z Celebs Were Undeservedly Body-Shamed, But They Gave A Master Class In How To Shut It Down

    "My body is something I will NEVER apologize for."

    1. Simone Biles

    Last weekend, our favorite Olympic superstar got married! Though her wedding pics were beautiful, internet trolls criticized her hairstyle, with some saying she looked "unkempt."

    Simone cited the heat as the reason behind her hairstyle. "But they can keep complaining idc idc idc."

    @thecindynoir i think they also forget i live in HOUSTON TEXAS & I sweat those out!! soon as we stepped outside for pics but they can keep complaining idc idc idc

    Simone Biles / Twitter: @Simone_Biles

    2. Florence Pugh

    Last year, the Don't Worry Darling actor wore a stunning, sheer Valentino gown to a runway show that the Italian fashion house held in Rome. As soon as the pics came out, losers started body-shaming Florence for her breasts.

    In an epic Instagram post, she wrote, "What’s been interesting to watch and witness is just how easy it is for men to totally destroy a woman’s body, publicly, proudly, for everyone to see. You even do it with your job titles and work emails in your bio...? It isn’t the first time and certainly won’t be the last time a woman will hear what’s wrong with her body by a crowd of strangers, what’s worrying is just how vulgar some of you men can be. Thankfully, I’ve come to terms with the intricacies of my body that make me, me. I’m happy with all of the 'flaws' that I couldn’t bear to look at when I was 14."

    "So many of you wanted to aggressively let me know how disappointed you were by my ‘tiny tits’, or how I should be embarrassed by being so 'flat chested,' I’ve lived in my body for a long time. I’m fully aware of my breast size and am not scared of it. ... It has always been my mission in this industry to say 'fuck it and fuck that' whenever anyone expects my body to morph into an opinion of what’s hot or sexually attractive."

    3. Barbie Ferreira

    Last year, the Euphoria actor called out an often-overlooked form of body-shaming that she's experienced: backhanded compliments. "It’s not radical for me to be wearing a crop top. [Comments like those are] just backhanded compliments. I’ve been doing this since I was 16. I’m 25," she told WhoWhatWear.

    She also spoke on an effect of toxic positivity and the body-positivity movement: the pressure "of being this person who 'loves themselves.'" She continued, "It’s so funny that people just assume that. What — did I say that? I never said that. You guys just say that. You posted that on me."

    4. Amandla Stenberg

    Last year, journalist Lena Wilson wrote a movie review of Bodies Bodies Bodies and called the A24 film a "95-minute advertisement for cleavage." In response, Amandla sent a DM saying, "Ur review was great, maybe if you had gotten your eyes off my tits you could’ve watched the movie!" The writer replied, "Generally a big fan of your work, but this sure is something. Really wishing you well in your career and life. Have a nice night." Lena then shared the interaction in a now-deleted tweet.

    Amandla addressed the backlash on their Instagram story, explaining that they thought their DM was "hilarious" and that Lena, who is also gay, would find it funny. The actor took the opportunity to speak on the body-shaming they've received from being in the public eye. "The intention of why I said that, and this is my experience as an actress, it’s quite surprising. ... The amount of commentary I receive on my boobs is so extreme, and this has happened since I was a teenager. I could literally be wearing a T-shirt and just because of the size of my boobs, there will be some sort of sexualization or commentary on my chest."

    The actor said they believed Lena intended to comment on the sexualization of folks in the industry. However, "I do get tired of people talking about my chest. It seems to me in Hollywood, it’s not normalized to have boobs that are above an A or a B cup. I’ve actually noticed this in my time as an actress. There seems to be a lot of unwarranted conversation around my chest, that just kind of baffles me."

    5. Lili Reinhart

    In 2018, a photo of the Riverdale star made its way around social media, with many people saying that she looked pregnant.

    The actor addressed the chatter through a series of posts on her Instagram story. "This is just my body. And sometimes I'm bloated. Sometimes an unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time where I gain weight. My body is something I will NEVER apologize for."

    6. Camila Cabello

    In a 2019 Instagram story, the singer shut down body-shamers with an inspirational message. "My eyes accidentally ran over a headline of people body-shaming me. Honestly, first thing I felt was super insecure just IMAGINING what these pictures must look like. 'Oh no! My cellulite!' 'Oh no! I didn't suck in my stomach!' But then I was like...of course there are bad pictures, of course there are bad angles. My body's not made of fucking rock, or all muscle, for that matter."

    Camila said the reason behind her post was girls like her little sister. "They're constantly seeing photoshopped, edited pictures and thinking that's reality — everyone's eyes get used to seeing airbrushed bodies and airbrushed skin, and suddenly they think THAT'S the norm?! It isn't. It's fake. AND FAKE IS BECOMING THE NEW REAL."

    7. Billie Eilish

    In 2020, paparazzi pics went viral of the singer wearing a tank top. Social media users body-shamed her, with one person writing, "Billie Eilish has developed a mid-30s wine mom body."

    In a Vanity Fair interview a few months later, she said, "Everyone's like, 'Damn, Billie got fat!' And I'm like, 'Nope, this is just how I look! You've just never seen it before!'"

    8. Chloe Bailey

    During a 2021 interview with People, the singer revealed that she'd been "really insecure for a long time" but finally found self-confidence. However, the body-shaming and slut-shaming she's received on social media has still affected her.

    "I can't sit here and lie and say, 'Oh, I'm bulletproof, nothing hurt me,' because it honestly did," she said. "And at first, I was really getting sad about it. But then I thought — why would I let that control my thoughts and feelings when I know it's a lie? So I kind of had to give it not so much power."

    9. Bella Thorne

    In 2016, a Twitter user wrote, "@bellathorne is hot beautiful sexy perf but wtf SHAVE UR LEGS!!" They attached several close-up pics of the actor's legs with visible hair. Bella had the perfect response: "HAHAHHA NEVER."

    10. Ariel Winter

    In the comments of one of her 2019 Instagram posts, someone insisted that she looked "beautiful before she started chopping up her body" and hoped their comment would help girls feel beautiful. The Modern Family actor said she hadn't gotten plastic surgery. "That is also not being supportive of women if you're just assuming something about the way they look," she wrote.

    11. Addison Rae

    In 2020, the TikTok star said she came across five to ten posts on social media body-shaming her in one day. On Twitter, she wrote, "I just want to encourage everyone who hears these things about themselves to love yourself!! If you are healthy and happy, do NOT listen to these hurtful comments. You are perfect."

    It definitely hurts to see people on my fyp calling me “a whale” and saying “she’s fat now” and I just want to encourage everyone who hears these things about themselves to love yourself!! if you are healthy and happy, do NOT listen to these hurtful comments. you are perfect.

    Addison Rae / Twitter: @whoisaddison

    12. Coi Leray

    In 2021, the rapper wore an orange top and cargo pants to the BET Awards and faced a wave of body-shaming on social media.

    On Twitter, she wrote, "My body is always trending."

    My body is always trending. I don’t understand

    Coi Leray / Twitter: @coi_leray

    "Is there a certain way I'm supposed to look? Help me understand."

    Is there a certain way I’m supposed to look? Help me understand 😂🤔

    Coi Leray / Twitter: @coi_leray

    Later in the year, she wrote on Instagram, "Don’t madder how natural she is, who her doctor is, if she has curves, cellulite, big, small, round, square. Let’s just make it a priority to spread love and worry the fuck about yourself."

    13. Millie Bobby Brown

    During a 2022 interview with Glamour, the actor spoke about the bullying she's received online. "I always wanted to be an actor. I always wanted to be in Stranger Things. Those were the things I wanted. But there was stuff that I didn’t ask for. Some of the things that I found harder were people criticizing my body, who I am, the kind of person I am…if I talk too much. Things like that — I didn't ask for those things. They’re cyberbullying."

    14. And finally, Zendaya

    During E!'s Fashion Police coverage of the 2015 Oscars, Giuliana Rancic infamously said Zendaya's locs made her look like someone who smelled of "patchouli oil" or "weed."

    The Euphoria actor shut down Giuliana's comments with a beautifully written response she shared on Twitter.

    "There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough," she wrote.

    Zendaya / Twitter: @Zendaya

    A year later, actor Julie Klausner skinny-shamed Zendaya in a now-deleted tweet. "Zendaya's ultimate retort to Giuliana Rancic is starving herself down to the size of one of her elbows. You don’t have to have an eating disorder to attend the Kids’ Choice Awards….but it helps!"

    Zendaya responded, "Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you as well."

    Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you aswell #youreallywannabenext?

    Zendaya / Twitter: @Zendaya

    "Now....everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that sh*t. #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning," she concluded.

    Now....everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that shit😘 #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning

    Zendaya / Twitter: @Zendaya

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