Words of wisdom

I’m in an empowered mood. Right now, I’m sitting in my PJ’s with my bra off, no make up on, hair up, fringe swept off of my face with my earphones on listening to Beyoncé.

I’ve been looking through the web as I do, looking for stories to share with my followers and I’ve found a rather lovely collection of inspirational body image quotes from celebrities. I hope they help you come to feel as good as me right now!

‘You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry because they only want models that are like human mannequins… But you have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being 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.’
                                                                                – Rihanna
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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.’
                                                                               – Tyra Banks
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‘I think that whatever size or shape body you have, it’s important to embrace it and get down! The female body is something that’s so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not diss other women for being proud of theirs!’
            – Christina Aguilera
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‘I might have a little bit of cellulite. I might not be toned everywhere. I might struggle in this area or that. But accepting that just empowers me.’
                                                            – Kim Kardashian
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‘I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say “I feel fat”. Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy, I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like “Oh, I look like a woman”. And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, because I loved it.’
                                                               – Christina Hendricks
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‘How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world. And get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!’
                                                  – America Ferrera
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‘I love my curves and I embrace them.’
                                                                  – Eva Mendes
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‘I’ve never had one of those amazing yoga bodies. My body is what it is. I am sure if I went on a crash diet, lost two stone and toned up I could make loads of money by making fitness videos and selling my story to the tabloids. But I don’t want to encourage women to be anything other than what they are. That’s very important to me.’
                                                    – Kelly Brook
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‘I think it’s ridiculous that you need to look a certain way to be conventionally pretty.’
                                            – Kristen Stewart
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‘I was self-conscious of what I would call my “tree trunk legs” because they are very muscular… but now I’ve learned to love them.’
                – Vanessa Hudgens 
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About Leyah Shanks

Positive body image activist and advocate for mental health.

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