20 Positive Body Image Quotes to Remind Us to Love Ourselves

Kayla Boyd | Aug 24, 2018 Healthy Living
20 Positive Body Image Quotes to Remind Us to Love Ourselves
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Although we have seen major strides in Hollywood, fashion, and beauty to be more inclusive in recent years, it is still very obvious that society has a long way to go. People in general still have a very narrow idea about what makes some beautiful or appealing -- and oftentimes that has to do with their body size. Although 68 percent of American women wear a size 14 or above, people still convince themselves that it is a bad thing to be larger than a size 4. This way of thinking is dangerous and simply not true. There is beauty at ANY size and there are plenty of celebrities to back us up on that statement. 

Famous singers and actresses such as Adele, Rihanna, Emma Stone, Rebel Wilson, and Alicia Keys have all spoken up about loving their bodies no matter what size they are. It has to be incredibly difficult to be constantly scrutinized and judged every time they lose or gain a few pounds. It is no secret that tabloids can be harsh -- and social media can be even harsher. So, it takes a brave and confident celebrity to truly accept her body, despite how toxic those industries are known to be. And the beautiful thing about these famous women speaking up is that it encourages us to also feel better about our bodies and learn to accept them.

Of course learning to appreciate one's body at any size is a very personal journey, but when our favorite celebrities spread positivity on the topic, it can only help! Here are 20 celebrities who made empowering statements about body image and loving the skin we're in. 

  • MARY LAMBERT

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    Mary Lambert  quotes
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    "You are no less valuable at a size 16 than a size 4. You are no less valuable as a 32A than a 32C," the singer shares in her song "Body Love."
  • GABOUREY SIDIBE

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    Gabourey Sidibe quote
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    "One day I decided that I was beautiful and so I carried out my life as if I was a beautiful girl. It doesn't have anything to do with how the world perceives you. What matters is what you see," Gabourey Sidibe told Harper's Bazaar in 2010.
  • AMY SCHUMER

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    Amy Schumer
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    "I'm not going to apologize for who I am, and I'm actually going to love this skin I'm in. Not strive for some other version of myself," the comedian and actress said.  

  • EMMA STONE

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    Emma Stone
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    "My great hope for us as young women is to start being kinder to ourselves so that we can be kinder to each other. To stop shaming ourselves and other people for things we don't know the full story on -- whether someone is too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, too loud, too quiet, too anything. There's a sense that we're all ‘too’ something, and we're all not enough," the actress told Seventeen

  • KESHA

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    Kesha quote
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    "I embrace the imperfections and celebrate them," the singer said in an interview with Glamour in 2012. 
  • MEGHAN TRAINOR

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    Meghan Trainor
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    "Any body type is beautiful. It’s all about loving what you got and rocking it," the singer told The Guardian in 2014. 

  • JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt
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    “I’ve learned that if you’re too skinny, they’ll say something about it. If you’re not skinny enough, they’ll say something about it. I just try to feel good in my own skin as much as I can,"she told Women's Running Magazine 

  • ALICIA KEYS

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    Alicia Keys
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    "Females are the most beautiful gorgeous creatures in the whole world. And I think that we are gorgeous no matter what size we are," the singer said, according to Popsugar

  • KRISTEN BELL

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    "I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size," the actress reportedly said.
  • DREW BARRYMORE

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    Drew Barrymore quote
    "My limbs work, so I'm not going to complain about the way my body is shaped," the actress reportedly said
  • AMBER RILEY

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    Amber Riley
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    "I'm not going to conform and hurt myself and do something crazy to be a size 2," the actress and singer said, according to Cosmopolitan

  • ADELE

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    Adele quote
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    "I think no matter what you look like, the key is to first of all be happy with yourself. And then you know if you want to try to improve things that you don't like about yourself, then do it after you appreciate yourself," the singer said, according to The Huffington Post.
  • SERENA WILLIAMS

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    Serena Williams quote
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    "My smile is my favorite part of my body. I think a smile can make your whole body. I want women to know that it's OK. That you can be whatever size you are and be beautiful inside and out," the athlete told Harper's Bazaar.
  • TYRA BANKS

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    Tyra Banks quote
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    "Girls of all kinds can be beautiful -- from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It's not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box … think outside of the box ... pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you," the model said, according to Hello Giggles

  • CHRISTINA AGUILERA

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    Christina Aguilera quote
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    "I've been through my highs; I've been through my lows; I've been through the gamut of all things in this business. Being too thin. Being bigger. I've been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It's noise I block out automatically. I love my body. My boyfriend loves my body. My son is healthy and happy, so that's all that matters to me," the singer said to Marie Claire in 2012. 

  • RIHANNA

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    Rihanna
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    "Being a size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn't try and be like them. It's not realistic and it's not healthy," the singer said.  

  • OPRAH WINFREY

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    Oprah Winfrey
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    "The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you're too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world," Oprah said.
  • REBEL WILSON

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    Rebel Wilson
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    “I don't really care what I look like that much. And I think that women out there should just be happy with how they look and they shouldn't really try to conform to any stereotype. Just be happy and hopefully healthy," the comedian and actress said, according to Teen Vogue

  • LADY GAGA

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    Lady Gaga quote
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    "I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions," the singer shared on Instagram in 2017. 

  • DEMI LOVATO

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    Demi Lovato quote
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    “Learning to be grateful for our bodies and taking care of them are the best ways for us to empower ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually,” the singer and actress said to Fitness

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