Every Way Stars Clapped Back at Body Shamers
These stars are on a mission to encourage everyone to feel good about their body
Jessie James Decker
Decker, 33, said that she was sent a link to the thread, where "they're talking about, apparently, how fat I've gotten, and how boxy and how terrible my body looks."
"It's pretty awful, and I just can't believe this is still happening in the world, like that people are doing this," she said, later adding, "I just want people to keep in mind that I'm a person, I'm a human being, and your words hurt me. And I know that I'm not perfect, but you pointing out my flaws about things I'm already insecure about, it already hurts me."
The "Flip My Hair" singer added, "I hope my daughter doesn't grow up in a world where people do this to her, because it's wrong, and I think we all need to do better."
She ended with a message for her followers: "If you don't like me, then leave me alone."
"Someone...decided to point out that I need to lose weight," she said. "You're not being helpful."
"When you see somebody who has put some weight on, my first thought is that person is obviously going through some things, because if I could lose the weight and keep it off, I would," she shared. "But since I haven't been successful with that my whole entire life, at 61 I'm still dealing with [it]."
The actress continued, "You think I'm not tired of it, lady? Where's the compassion."
In the caption of the video, she added, "aren't we tired of body shaming women yet?! Smh."
The former Olympic skiier left Instagram commenters in her powder, shutting down people who critiqued her appearance in some swimsuit photos she shared.
"I always remember how my body has helped me achieve amazing things in my life and I am proud of how strong I am," she wrote. "I'm not a size zero and that's perfectly fine with me."
She thanked fans who had left positive messages instead, writing "let's keep the culture of body positivity going!"
The pop superstar has always been a beacon of self-acceptance and pride, even when people try to bring her down on social media. When someone on Twitter said America's "obesity epidemic" was the only reason for her popularity, she immediately responded, ""I'm popular because I write good songs and I'm talented and perform high energy hour and a half shows filled with love."
Less than a year later, she landed the cover of Vogue, where she touted her message of "inclusivity" rather than "body positivity," saying, "I would like to be body-normative ... not just be like, 'Ooh, look at this cool movement. Being fat is body positive.' No, being fat is normal. I think now, I owe it to the people who started this to not just stop here."
After posting a photo of herself in this gown to her Instagram, one fan commented "I can't believe no one is noticing she's anorexic."
Dobrev responded to the skinny-shamer, "Eating everything and working out (which I do) is the healthy solution for people who have problems. Body shaming people on the other hand is NOT healthy and very rude. I don't do that, so you should also do the same. Have a wonderful day."
The co-host of The View slammed a Twitter troll who said she "gained a lot of weight." McCain responded that she's happy to have her health.
"You know — every morning I wake up happy my body is healthy and strong," McCain, 32, tweeted. "I don't define my worth by weight or what internet trolls think."
Several years later, another troll criticized McCain's weight and suggested she go on a diet, to which she responded, "It's harassment like this that can lead women to eating disorders. I am one of the lucky ones who never suffered from it. I never dieted to get a man or a job and somehow landed my dream both — hope young girls see me and know they don't have to diet either."
The onetime Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl gets more than her fair share of body speculation on the internet, and she's extremely over it. When someone commented that she "looks gangly," Decker hopped on Twitter to write, "For the umpteenth time — because people love to comment on my body (or lack thereof) my children sucked the life out of my body and left behind a bag of bones. I don't know what else to tell you. I miss my boobs too — I don't even know what to call them now."
WHITNEY WAY THORE
"Why no shirt? I just can't understand the bra top only," the commenter wrote, and added an annoyed-looking emoji.
Thore quickly went into action, and politely explained to them that her body is her own business.
"1) Fewer articles of clothing are more comfortable. 2) Please don't front like you'd have this complaint if I had a 6-pack. 3) I will take any and all opportunities to normalize fat bodies in motion. 4) it's my body, boo. You ain't gotta understand it," the TLC star replied.
The actress had the perfect comeback — and grammar lesson — for a troll who tried to criticize her body on Instagram. Philipps posted a post-workout selfie from her favorite LEKfit class, only to have a commenter reply, "Ughhhh, you're rolls are showing."
But, as Comments By Celebs noticed, the mom of two quickly took him down a notch with her reply.
"I feel like a man of your age should know the difference between YOUR and YOU'RE. YOUR is POSSESSIVE, as in 'YOUR rolls are showing.' (Get it? The rolls BELONG to me.) YOU'RE is an abbreviation for YOU ARE, as in YOU'RE CLEARLY AN A------ BODYSHAMING LOSER," Philipps wrote.
The singer has been very candid about her difficulties in finding designers to dress her for red carpets, but she doesn't let that discourage her - nor does she stand for any body-shaming on her social media.
"To all the people tweeting mean things to me about my weight you just want a response and you will not get it," she said on Twitter after some rude commentary. "Unless you are completely perfect you have no f---ing right to talk about anybody else's body. The hate you breed that stems from Insecurity don't look pretty on you. ... I don't give two s---- about what people think about my weight. I care about what I think about my weight."
In a 2018 interview with Glamour, the Oscar winner admitted to having been body-shamed in the past and feeling like "there's a storm to get ahead of." So instead of dealing with the speculation and questions as she embarked on a press tour for her role in Ocean's 8, Hathaway explained her body changes in an Instagram post on April 5.
"I am gaining weight for a movie role and it is going well. To all the people who are going to fat shame me in the upcoming months, it's not me, it's you," wrote Hathaway, who's been subjected to pregnancy rumors in the past.
Over Memorial Day Weekend in 2018, photos of the Riverdale star circulated on social media — with fans wondering whether Reinhart might be expecting. That's when Reinhart took matters into her own hands. "It's unfortunate that one unflattering photo of my stomach circulating the internet causes hundreds of people to think that I'm pregnant," she wrote on Instagram. "Nope. Not pregnant."
Reinhart continued, "This is just my body. And sometimes I'm bloated. Sometimes and unflattering photo is taken of me. Sometimes I go through periods of time where I gain weight."
"My body is something that I will NEVER apologize for," Reinhart added. "My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours. And that's fine. So let's not put so much time and effort into caring about a stranger's figure."
CANDACE CAMERON BURE
Responding to a comment left on a sweet picture of the 42-year-old Fuller House star cuddling up with her 18-year-old son Lev, Bure spoke out against an Instagram user who left a body shaming comment about her figure.
"All that excercising [sic] and you still look like you weigh more than your husband, did you change your diet?" the social media user wrote in a comment found by the @commentsbycelebs Instagram account, which seemingly mistook Bure's 18-year-old son for her husband of over 20 years, Valeri Bure.
Although Bure chose not to correct the social media user on that point, she did speak out against their body-shaming comment. "If a 25 inch waist looks big to you … then you're looking through an altered lens. Be well," she wrote.
While she wishes she had "curves like Sofia Vergara," Caity Lotz is proud of her body and took a moment to remind her fans that it's also okay to feel insecure at times—but it's never okay to body shame others. Posing for a mirror selfie in a green bikini and a sarong that showed off her toned abs, the CW actress shared a powerful message about body positivity and individuality to Instagram and Twitter.
"Some people think my body is too muscular, too skinny, too boyish. Some people will think it's beautiful, powerful, sexy. Do I struggle with accepting my body type? Umm yes. Would I like having curves like @sofiavergara? Umm yes, but if we all looked the same that would be boring. Like painting the sunset all in one color. All the 'right' curves in all the 'right' places? There is no right and wrong when it comes to the body God has given you. I see a lot of online body shaming, if someone's body is not to your liking…keep it to yourself. It's not your body and making people feel insecure won't help them and it definitely won't help you. #bodypositive."
In February 2018, Hadid shut down Twitter trolls who were criticizing her for her weight on the catwalk during New York Fashion Week. "Those of u who called me 'too big for the industry' were seeing inflammation & water retention due to [Hashimoto's disease]," Hadid tweeted on Feb. 11. She previously opened up in 2016 about being diagnosed with the autoimmune condition.
"Over the last few years I've been properly medicated to help symptoms including those, as well as extreme fatigue, metabolism issues, body's ability to retain heat, etc," she wrote. "I was also part of a holistic medical trial that helped my thyroid levels balance out."
Hadid has repeatedly said she loves her body, despite what her haters say. "I've loved my body when I was just diagnosed and I loved [it] going through it and I love my body now," she told E! News.
The former Bachelorette star called out the people who post rude comments about her weight from the privacy of their phones. "I dare any one of you sad psychopath narcissists to say to my face what you say about me on Instagram photos. See what happens," Bristowe wrote on Twitter. "F— off telling me my healthy body looks sick. You're the sick ones. I've had enough. Your words don't hurt me, they piss me off."
Agdal shared an empowering message about body-shaming in January 2018 after she revealed an unnamed magazine refused to run a cover featuring her because she did not fit the sample sized clothing. The Danish model shared a photo of herself wearing just a pair of jeans on Instagram admitting she was "disappointed and appalled at the still very harsh reality of this industry."
"After a tough year of taking a step back from the insensitive and unrealistic pressures of this industry and dealing with paralyzing social anxiety, I walked into that shoot as a 25 year old WOMAN feeling more comfortable in my own skin and healthier than ever before," Agdal wrote. "Some days I'm a sample size, some days I'm a size 4, some a 6. I am not built as a runway model and have never been stick thin. Now more than ever, I embrace my curves and work diligently in the gym to stay strong and most of all, sane."
The reality star hit back at critics after trading in her usual form-fitting clothes for loose sweatpants for a day, prompting gossip that she's gaining weight. "So rude of people to say I'm getting fat because I wore baggy clothes to get laser hair removal," she wrote on Twitter. She added: "It's called being comfortable people."
When it comes to dealing with body shamers, the actress revealed to Vogue that it's "hard" to face the criticism — but she is up for the challenge. "If you're going to walk out and have your nipples showing, or your belly is a little bloated, or you're not at the weight you want to be," she told the magazine, adding: "You are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares!"
Standing up for body confidence takes, well, confidence. After a slew of body-shaming tweets were hurled her way in 2015, the singer remained entirely unfazed. "Someone Tweeted something nasty about me?" she said when Heat magazine showed her the mean Tweets. "That's because she doesn't know me. I'm awesome! It doesn't bother me."
Most recently, the American Idol alum clapped back at someone who tweeted at her, "You're fat." Clarkson, who has made it clear she doesn't care what people think about her weight, tweeted an amazing response, writing simply, "…and still f—ing awesome."
After a rude article published on Barstool Sports claimed that the singer was "getting fat," Rihanna fired back at the body shamers in a very Rihanna way: by posting a meme on Instagram. She captioned the photo — which featured rapper Gucci Mane at fluctuating weights, accompanied by the caption "If you can't handle me at my 2007 Gucci Mane, you don't deserve me at my 2017 Gucci Mane" — with a single tear emoji.
The model and daughter of actor Alec Baldwin hit back at body shamers on Instagram with a vulnerable photo of herself in just a beige bra and black underwear. "This is who I am, take it or leave," she captioned the image. "I am not going to be body shamed for being pale or not stick thin. I'm not going to spend hours photoshopping my authenticity away. I'm not going to beat myself up for not looking like someone else. I'm not going to be told that I'm damaged goods because of my tattoos."
The model previously spoke out about the marketing campaign for the Chloë Grace Moretz-fronted film, Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs, slamming its billboard which depicts the tall, thin heroine next to a shorter, heavier version of herself. The tagline reads: "What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 Dwarfs not so short?"
"How did this get approved by an entire marketing team? Why is it okay to tell young kids being fat = ugly?" wrote Holliday on Twitter.
Moretz responded to the backlash, tweeting: "I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn't approved by me or my team." She added that she reached out to the film's producers to express her disapproval.
The Modern Family star is no stranger to shutting down body shamers, having become a pro at deflecting her haters throughout the years — but not without initially experiencing some self-doubt. "I went through a lot of hate online, so I tried to change myself for a really long time," she told Refinery29. "But people just kept hating on me no matter what I did."
She continued: "I decided that instead of pleasing these other people, I'll just spend that time pleasing myself. Those people are going to be rude to me regardless of what I do, so I should just try and be happy with what I am."
The comedian is no stranger to recieving body-shaming comments — but she hasn't allowed the hate to bring her down. Schumer posted a series of bikini-clad pics on Instagram, accompanying the 'grams with a caption aimed at her critics: "I feel great. No haters can f with my baseline." The Snatched star also opened up about body confidence in InStyle's May 2017 issue. "What's good about not being a model is that it's not the thing I trade on," she said. "Once I start looking older, that won't affect me. I have never gotten anything done because I'm, like, so gorgeous. I'm good-looking enough that I can work in the business. I get enough attention from men that I feel good. I see pictures of myself now, and I look younger than I think of myself. It hasn't scared me yet."
Just four weeks apart in their pregnancies, Duncan and her friend Nat showed off their very different pregnant bellies – with a message. "Each women carries different and this most certainly doesn't mean one is doing something wrong or not healthy etc," the fitness trainer captioned the Instagram photos. "We both have healthy growing babies amp we both have had incredible pregnancies so far, feeling amazing amp full of energy."a
When Cheryl Tiegs criticized the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model for "glamorizing full-figured women," Graham expertly brushed off the hate. "Cheryl Tiegs may have said what she said, and it may have hurt a lot of people's feelings but my skin is so thick," Graham told E! News. "I kind of rolled my eyes."
A picture says more than a statement ever could, according to the tennis star. After critics picked apart her body during the 2015 Wimbledon tennis tournament, Williams took to social media with an obvious retort: one very sexy cleavage- and abs-baring selfie.
Like many others, we've admired Rousey for her take-charge attitude in the ring – but it wasn't until the UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion was bombarded with hateful body comments targeting her athletic frame that we really got a sense of her strength out of the ring. Not only did the badass boxing babe show off her svelte figure in an Instagram (hello, abs!), but Rousey spoke out about her feelings on the matter, revealing that she felt her "strongest" and "most beautiful" at 150 lbs., rather than her fighting weight of 135 lbs. "Now that I'm older, I've really begun to realize that my body has developed for a purpose and not just to be looked at," she said in a Cosmopolitan.com interview.
After mean (and bored) people on the Internet criticized Pink's physique in a black party dress, the singer refused to be embarrassed – instead, she took to Twitter to fire back. "While I admit that the dress didn't photograph as well as it did in my kitchen, I will also admit that I felt very pretty," she wrote. "I am perfectly fine, perfectly happy, and my healthy, voluptuous and crazy strong body is having some much deserved time off. Thanks for your concern. Love, cheesecake."
Rushmore, the sewing blogger behind Cashmerette, got her sweet revenge when she unintentionally sparked a movement following a fat-shaming troll's nasty comment on Instagram. "Ugh, you will never have a beach body. You should eat less cake," read the comment left on a photo of Rushmore in a self-made swimsuit. The blogger chose to delete the comment and post a new photo with the hashtag "#CakewithCashmerette," which promoted supporters to post selfies of themselves eating cake. "It took something that could have just been a minor negative thing in my day, and it turned into this international movement of people being supportive and eating cake," she told PEOPLE. "And honestly, who doesn't love eating cake?"
The local Philadelphia television meteorologist took a stand on Facebook, after being hit with negative social media remarks about her on-air appearances. By the way, she's pregnant with twins. Fehlinger's thoughtful post celebrated her own figure, and those of all expectant moms: "Even during the most uncomfortable – and let's face it, less than glamorous – symptoms of pregnancy, what women go through to bring their precious children into the world is, simply put, AMAZING and you should be lauded."
The singer has shared that she would ready rude YouTube comments about her body all the time – and has even fielded jabs from figures like the late Karl Lagerfeld, who called her "a little too fat" – but she keeps her priorities straight: "I would only lose weight if it affected my health or sex life, which it doesn't," she told USA Today in 2012, beautifully working in a cheeky sex-life humblebrag.
Adele has since undergone a noticeable physical transformation, which a source tells PEOPLE includes a strict diet, cross-training and full-body Pilates.
Though the internet can be particularly vicious to women, the Bachelor has experienced body shaming as well - and he's not here for it. After posting this shirtless selfie, people came out of the woodwork with "Eat a burger"-type comments, and he responded at length.
"Dear internet. I never thought you would make me self conscious about my body," Viall wrote. "Yet I woke up to hundreds of comments on my last post about my weight, eating habits, and mental health all from posting a post workout pic where I looked particularly lean. I have never lacked confidence about my body (I know this isn't news to most of you) but if the internet can get to me it can get to anyone."
The reality star continued: "So Im just saying, be careful with your words before you give your feedback on peoples physical, emotional, or mental health. I don't want to even admit that the comments made me feel self-conscious, but I assume many of you would think I can't be bothered. So I'm here to say it did. I hope thats ok."