Being an actor, singer or other performer requires being in the spotlight. It’s part of the job description. With that spotlight comes the pressure to meet unrealistic body image requirements. It’s unhealthy for them and it’s unhealthy for the public. It perpetuates the myth that we must conform to a certain size and ideal of what’s considered beautiful. It sends an unhealthy message to children and young adults when they are most impressionable. And it can fuel the fire of mental illness – especially depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
We applaud these celebrities who consistently use their public platform to speak out against body shaming and encourage body positivity. For those who’ve experienced their own struggles with eating disorders, we are grateful that they have honestly and bravely told their story as a way to raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental illnesses.
Below is a list of 22 celebrities we recognize as advocates for healthy eating and positive body image:
Paula Abdul (54) - American singer, actress, and host
“Me and my body have been on two separate sides. We’ve never, until recently, been on the same side.” Source.
Lauren Alaina (21) - American singer, best known for being the runner up on season 10 of "American Idol"
“My mom made me look in the mirror every day and say three things that I loved about myself.” Source.
Kelly Clarkson (34) - American‚ best known for being the runner up on season 10 of "American Idol"
“I’ve got a butt, I’m Greek — I can’t help that. And I think it’s good for people to see normal.” Source.
Lily Collins (27) - American actress and daughter of singer, Phil Collins
“It’s a conversation that you need to help start among young people—males and females—because it is becoming more and more prevalent for both now.” Source.
Katie Couric (59) - American TV reporter and journalist
“I've learned how to have a much healthier relationship with food, and how to enjoy my life without obsessing about food.” Source.
Portia De Rossi (43) - American actress, best known for her role on "Arrested Development" and as the wife of Ellen DeGeneres
"After time and treatment, I feel better about my body today. When I look in the mirror, I know I'm not perfect, but that it's OK." Source.
Hilary Duff (29) - American actress and singer
"Not giving your body enough of what it needs is really dangerous. I regret it because I don't think I was happy then." Source.
Jessica Brown Findlay (27) - British actress, best known for her role on "Downton Abbey"
“The more we have brave discussions like that going forward, the easier it is to talk about things, and the less alone we can feel. It’s certainly made me feel less alone.” Source.
Lady Gaga (30) - American singer and actress
“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.” Source.
Selena Gomez (22) - American actress and singer
"I don’t want to see your bodies on Instagram, I care about what's inside [your heart]." Source.
Lucy Hale (27) - American actress, best known for role on "Pretty Little Liars"
"I knew I had a problem. It was a gradual process, but I changed myself." Source
Zayn Malick (23) - American singer, best known as being a member of the group, One Direction
“…they didn’t seem to expect it from a guy, but they expect it from a female, which to me is crazy…We’re all human. People are often afraid to admit difficulties, but I don’t believe that there should be a struggle with anything that’s the truth.” Source.
Zosia Mamet (28) - American actress, best known for her role on "Girls"
“We have to work to forgive our mothers…and start mothering ourselves, start mothering the broken 12-year-olds inside of us…We can feed ourselves when we’re hungry and feel good when we’re full. We can thank our bodies for everything they give us rather than criticizing them for everything they don’t. And when we look in the mirror, we can think of what we would say to ourselves at 12. I would tell my younger self she’s beautiful just the way she is.” Source.
Matt McGorry (30) - American actor, best known for his role on "Orange Is The New Black"
“For me, it has required some loud self-narrating to challenge my own ideas of body image…I’d say it does take a conscious effort to try and hack that mental process where we’re very self-critical.” Source.
Katharine McPhee (32) - American actress and singer
“I say American Idol
saved my life, because if I hadn’t auditioned I don’t think I would have gotten a handle on food.” Source.
Pink (37) - American singer
“I'm not worried about me. And I'm not worried about you either. I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off.” Source.
Dennis Quaid (62) - American actor
“I battled anorexia.” Source.
Christina Ricci (36) - American actress, currently starring in the show "Z" on Hulu
“If you feel like you’re starting to obsess too much about the way you look, definitely get some kind of therapy or help very quickly.” Source.
Amy Schumer (35) - American actress and comic
“For women, we're taught to eat less until we disappear. And trained to believe that if you don't look like everyone else, then you're unlovable…I think it's good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love.” Source.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) - American actress
“I really feel like I live a life in balance. I fluctuate like anyone but I don’t stress about it, it’s ok and that’s just life. It’s a place I never thought I would be able to get to.” Source.
Ashlee Simpson (32) - American singer
“I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure. All women come in different shapes, sizes, and forms …How can we expect teenage girls to love and respect themselves in an environment where we criticize a size 2 figure?” Source.