Lizzo, Ashley Graham and More Body Positive Celebs on Their Journeys to Self Love

These stars get real about body positivity and learning to love the skin they're in 

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"I started talking to my belly this year. Blowing her kisses and showering her with praises. I used to want to cut my stomach off I hated it so much. But it's literally ME. I am learning to radically love every part of myself. Even if it means talking to myself every morning. This is your sign to love on yourself today! ❤️"

—Lizzo, on learning to "radically love" herself, on Instagram

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato. Demi Lovato/instagram

"When I realized that perfection is unachievable, no matter who you are, you could literally be the most perfect-looking person on the planet, but there will still be something scientifically imperfect with you. I had to learn that the hard way.

"I decided that I wasted enough of my life worrying and stressing about unimportant things. And now the rest of my life, I'm just going to care about the stuff that matters. I don't chase perfection anymore because I know it doesn't exist. And it's about finding a balance. Yeah, it's been a journey, but I feel like a lot of it comes with age, just learning."

Demi Lovato, to Zane Lowe

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Iskra Lawrence

"It's something you have to do daily until you get to a strong, confident place. And it's something that you have to revisit when you're questioning yourself."

—Iskra Lawrence, on talking to herself in the mirror, to Women's Health

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Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham

"I hate that I constantly have to discuss my body, because I don't know any man that has to do that. But what motivates me to continue to talk about my body is that I didn't have someone talking about their body when I was young.

"This is why I don't post like the 'perfect' Instagram photos. I keep it real and raw constantly because I want [people] to know that there are women with cellulite, with back fat, with stretch marks.... There are a lot of curvy women, plus-size women, fat women, whatever you want to call them."

—Ashley Graham, on why she is vocal about her body, to WSJ. Magazine

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Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway
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"There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever).
There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all).
There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs.
Bodies change.
Bodies grow.
Bodies shrink.
It's all love
(don't let anyone tell you otherwise.)"

— Anne Hathaway, on accepting her post-baby body, on Instagram

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Danielle Brookes

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"Why I am grateful for MY BODY: The body is your ride or die, literally. So I'm thankful for Good Health!! I'm thankful that my body functions at 💯 regardless of the imperfections the world might see. It holds me up. It sustains me through long work weeks. It takes me on trips around the world, and carries me through my most stressful days and my most exciting. My body has my back, because it knows that I am learning to listen to what it needs to have it function at its best. I don't take my body for granted, so thank you body for taking me on an incredible ride this year!"

— Danielle Brooks, on being grateful for her body, on Instagram

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Aidy Bryant

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"I finally was like, 'What if I put all of that energy into just trying to like myself and focus on the things I actually want to do as opposed to this thing that's like a made-up concept?' And I'm not kidding, my entire life changed after I did that...I stopped letting it be an all-day, everyday thing that defined everything that I did and it worked."

—Aidy Bryant, on how changing her attitude about her body changed her life, to The Cut

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams Australian Open
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"I feel like the quote, unquote 'snapback' is so overrated. I'm still snapping back. I was playing in Wimbledon, and I totally have a stomach. You know? It's no secret. It is what it is. And I'm proud of my tummy. It pokes out a lot more than it used to, but I'm still coming back from having a baby. I just feel like this whole story about having a baby and then coming back two days after and looking better than before is not teaching the right way or the natural way or the believable way. Like maybe that happened to one person, but let me tell you, that didn't happen to me. So that really frustrates me. I just want to straighten that record that it takes time, and it's okay. I'm playing in Grand Slams with a tummy, and I'm okay. It's just how my body is. My intestines are still trying to get back in place. That's my whole attitude. It's normal to be a woman and not come back in a week."

Serena Williams, on accepting her post-baby body, to The/Thirty

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Rihanna Instagram
Rihanna Instagram

"You've just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I'm having a fat day and when I've lost weight. I accept all of the bodies. I'm not built like a Victoria's Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie."

— Rihanna, on loving her body at all sizes, to VOGUE

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez. Tibrina Hobson/Getty

"When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar. I didn't want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through... and I'm proud of that."

Selena Gomez on loving herself, scars and all, on Instagram

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Tess Holliday

Tess Holliday
Tess Holliday/Instagram.

"There is no one way to be a woman, or to be beautiful. We all deserve a place. I have this passion inside of me to help other women feel confident and comfortable in their bodies, regardless of their size or what society tells them is beautiful. It's like a calling."

—Tess Holliday, on creating #EffYourBeautyStandards, to PEOPLE

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Bebe Rexha

AMAs 2020 arrivals
Bebe Rexha. Getty Images

"As much as I tried to be that skinny pop star, like the ones I grew up watching or see now, I can't seem to do it in a way that feels natural or healthy. I like to eat. I workout. I drink water. I do my best. I follow the rhythm of my body. Even though it gets hard sometimes I show my body love. #EveryBodyIsBeautiful".

— Bebe Rexha, on showing her body love, even when it's hard, on Instagram

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