Body image quotes from ‘heroes’

Well all idolise and respect different kinds of people. Many of us hold celebrities on a very high pedestal. When someone famous says something of a positive nature its effects can be felt far and wide as they have a very far reach. Their simply speaking positively as opposed to negatively is such a marvel that the ripples are never ending. Personally, I love it when someone uses their fame to do and say good things as well as further their career. It shouldn’t really be notable though, should it? It would be nice if everyone who embodies celebrity status would ONLY use their voices to spread positivity and love. But that’s probably being a tad ambitious. That’s certainly what I’d do. I think that anyone who has a substantial following (I say substantial but I really mean basically any) has a responsibility to be aware of what they say in terms of body shame and general put downs. Saying things like ‘nothing tastes like skinny feels’ certainly wouldn’t be on MY to do list.

We give people ‘hero’ status for different reasons. Beyoncé is one of my personal body image heroes. Seeing her live when I was 16 was a turning point in my own body confidence journey. Then I also have endless amounts of love for Lady Gaga who speaks out against homophobia and generally promotes love in every sense of the word. The reasons that we give people this ‘hero’ status are close to our own heart and varies greatly from person to person. We tend to admire people who we can personally relate to and connect with.

Whether your personal body image hero is a family member, friend, author, celebrity etc, here are some quotes which will hopefully get you thinking differently about your body and beauty.

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” – Amy Bloom

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“The human body is the best work of art.” – Jess C Scott “The human body is the best work of art.” – Jess C. Scott

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“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” –
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“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” – Simone de Beauvoir

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“Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.” – Golda Poretsky 

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“Healthy emotions come in all sizes. Healthy minds come in all sizes. And healthy bodies come in all sizes.” – Cheri K. Erdman

“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.” – Golda Poretsky, Stop Dieting Now: 25 Reasons to Stop, 25 Ways to Heal

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“Our bodies were printed as blank pages to be filled with the ink of our hearts.” – Michael Biondi

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“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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“God made a very obvious choice when he made me voluptuous; why would I go against what he decided for me? My limbs work, so I’m not going to complain about the way my body is shaped.” – Drew Barrymore

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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’m pretty comfortable with my body. I’m imperfect. The imperfections are there. People are going to see them, but I take the view you only live once.” – Kate Hudson

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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 have a crumble baby belly, boobs are worse for wear after two kids…I’m doing all right. I’m 33. I don’t look in the mirror and go, “Oh, I look fantastic!”. Of course I don’t. Nobody is perfect. I just don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, “This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!” I’m proud of that.” – Kate Winslet

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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 share the same advice that my mom gave me – stay hydrated and sleep well. And that being a beautiful person on the inside is what really matters.” – Jessica Alba

 

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”I love my curves and I embrace them.” – Eva Mendes

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”To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini – put it on and stay strong.” – Jennifer Love Hewitt

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”I definitely have body issues, but everybody does. When you come to the realisation that everybody does that – even the people that I consider flawless – then you can start to live with the way you are. I’ve read interviews with some of the most beautiful women who have insecurities. And you look at them and you’re like “How do you have? Name one thing wrong with yourself”, and they could name a handful.” – Taylor Swift

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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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”Working out for me is something I do when I feel like it. But it’s really about feeling good and taking care of my body rather than having to fit into any sort of model or anything like that. I try to eat well, and everything I do is really just to make me feel my best.” – Lea Michele
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”I wrote “Bootylicious” because, at the time, I’d gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable. I was just 18 and you shouldn’t be thinking about that.You should be thinking about building up your character and having fun, and the song was just telling everyone to forget what people are saying, you’re bootylicious. That’s all. It’s a celebration of curves and a celebration of women’s bodies.” – Beyoncé
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”Confidence is sexy! I’m comfortable with my body and not afraid to show it off.” – Sofia Vergara
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”I love my body. It’s what God gave me.” – Kate Upton
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”I am not a sample size, and I am okay with that.  I’m good with who I am.  I like to accentuate the positive.  My waist is something I love to show off.  I’m also happy that more and more women are embracing who they are, because everybody’s different. You don’t have to be a size 0 to be pretty.  You just have to be comfortable with who you are.” – Jordin Sparks
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About Leyah Shanks

Positive body image activist and advocate for mental health.

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