These Ladies are Beautiful
London’s newly elected mayor, Sadiq Khan, has banned an ad campaign from the city’s underground public transportation that he deemed to be offensive and potentially damaging to people with body confidence issues. Hundreds of people have complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about the ads for a weight-loss treatment that asked viewers if they were “beach body ready” like the svelte woman in a bikini posing in their ad. A petition for the removal of the ads gained more than 70,000 signatures.
But it’s not just the average person who can be body-shamed; celebrities are often targets of people who nitpick about their looks, even saying that the thinnest among them are overweight.
These ladies, however, refused to listen to their critics and fought back in these very public ways.
This is the best way to shut down body shamers; show them how happy you are!
Following the birth of her child, actress Kristen Bell was berated by journalist who claimed that she had not lost weight as fast as she should have. She was quoted in an interview saying, “I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size…Comparison is one long, agonizing death and does not interest me at all.”
Body shaming can go either way; women that thin are also targets of harsh criticism. Emma Stone was told by some to eat more because she looked frail. She responded to them by stating: “That has been kind of bothering me lately. I’ve shamed myself for it. We shame each other online. We’re always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short. They’re just confirming this feeling I have about myself. I’m trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”