13 Stars Who Love to Celebrate Their Curves
From Lizzo to Rihanna, these celebs have spoken out about embracing their bodies
"I'm doing this for myself. I love creating shapes with my body, and I love normalizing the dimples in my butt or the lumps in my thighs or my back fat or my stretch marks. I love normalizing my Black-ass elbows. I think it's beautiful."
— on why she loves showing off her body on social media, to Essence
"My thighs are thick, they are luscious, and I got made fun of for them my whole life. And now I'm being praised for my thick thighs. And they have saved my life many a time, and I want to women to know that their thick thighs are saving their own lives."
— telling PEOPLE about one of her favorite hashtags, #thickthighssavelives
"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."
"Sorry I had to. Yes it’s real. No it’s not photoshopped. Yes I gained weight. Cause I’m human and I like to eat. And when I eat carbs my ass gets big. And you know WHAT: I love my fat ass!!!!!! Not every singer is gonna be a size zero, skinny and model looking. If that’s what you want from me then you ain’t getting it. Sorry not sorry. I’m tired of people talking about my weight."
"After I had my son, the weight was really slow to come off and so I was a different size than I normally am ... But I walked on the set, and my weight's a little up and I'm just aware of it. And I'm in my jeans, and I've done my best and I'm gonna love myself no matter what. And Sandy Bullock just looks up and goes, 'You look good mama.' That made me feel amazing. And then Cate Blanchett's like, 'Nice jeans, Hathaway.' And then Rihanna looks up and goes, 'Damn girl, you got an ass.' And I of course was freaked out and loved it so much and I was like, 'Really?' And she goes, 'You got an ass like me.' And I can honestly say I've never had that experience on a film set before. It was just so beautiful."
"On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits. Even this OG body positivity warrior sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees. As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in."
"I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, 'We are so lucky we have a shape. We're so lucky we're curvy. We're so lucky that we've got good bums.' And she'll say, 'Mummy, I know, thank God.' "
— sharing how she teaches her teen daughter to love her body, on Running Wild with Bear Grylls
"If I could choose, I would have my ass back and I would have the tits I had a few years ago. But, honestly, we can't look back with regret. I loved my body then, and I love my body now."
— on dealing with her changing body as a result of Hashimoto's disease, during a Harper's Bazaar interview with Blake Lively
"These are what I call no more dieting thighs and I’m proud of them #thickthighssavelives."
— on Instagram
"Your fat rolls are beautiful🙌 ⬆️ ... And the reason we have been lead to believe they aren't is because we don't see them in the media unless someone's being shamed for weight gain or ridiculed for their body. This is NOT the truth and not OK. Having rolls of skin / fat that are soft / squidgy or big / small does not define your beauty. I wanted to show you how my body looks when I'm relaxed and when I'm posing right next to each other so you can see how easy it is to manipulate how a body looks.
"I remember the first time I saw curvier models in editorials with their rolls and back fat and I remember the first time I shot with @aerie and they wanted me to not pose but be real and just myself. Then when I saw my first campaign with them and I could see my unretouched body - pics with rolls / back fat I'm not gonna lie I was shocked. That quickly turned into joy because they made me feel good enough and knew that those 'flaws' didn't mean I wasn't beautiful in fact showing that their models didn't have to be 'flawless' was incredibly empowering."
"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, 'cause I loved it."
— to Health