A lot of women beat themselves up over what they look like – or don’t look like – in comparison to others.
The media certainly plays a role in portraying unattainable levels of perfection, yet there are a few women out there who, having been in the limelight, prove that they are wise beyond their years.
The Romantic poet, John Keats said that “beauty is truth, and truth is beauty.” But people have warped ideas of both truth and beauty. Here are a few female celebrities who’ve learned how to deal with being watched by the world, and what they have to say about their idea of beauty.
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1) Lupita Nyong’o
In 2014, the Mexican-Kenyan actor said that “what does sustain us ... what is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul … There is no shade in that beauty.”
2) Kate Winslet
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The British actor was suddenly thrown into the limelight after she made the world cry for her in Titanic. Since then, she’s either battled or ignored the press about the perpetual uninvited comments about her weight.
In overcoming the press, she told Vanity Fair, “In front of journalists and the public I acted superior, but I was dying inside. Now everything is different. It takes time, but you can learn it. It's true that you need much time to get rid of the fat girl you once were, but – you know – I am sincerely grateful for my buttocks.”
3) Kim Kardashian
The queen of selfies, in a moment of raw truth, told Cosmopolitan in 2012 that “I have cellulite. So what! I’ve never claimed to be perfect. It’s crazy anyone should assume that just because you’re in the spotlight, you’re flawless. Sometimes I pig out and I still feel great, and think, ‘That was so worth it!’ That’s how I feel a lot of the time. I think, ‘See this little dimple of cellulite here? It was so worth it for that cookies ’n’ cream ice cream!’ If I was stuck on a diet my whole life, I would be really miserable. I love to eat.”
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Her explanation for one of her most groundbreaking songs: “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 just forget what people are saying. You're bootylicious. That's all. It's a celebration of curves and a celebration of women's bodies.”
5) Melissa McCarthy
The actor (who has been around for far longer than you knew) is known for playing rather crazy but brilliant characters. But when she talks about her weight, she admitted to People that “I was an idiot ... It's a decade of tears … I've never felt like I needed to change. I've always thought, 'If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.' But sure, criticism can sometimes still get to me. Some things are so malicious, they knock the wind out of you.”
6) Emma Stone
Before she wowed us with being an amazing girlfriend to Spiderman, she made her breakthrough in Hollywood with Easy A. And when she spoke to USA Today, Stone made it a point to talk about how negative comments can affect girls. “We shame each other online. We're always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short. They're just confirming this feeling I have about myself. I'm trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We're shaming each other and we're shaming ourselves, and it sucks."
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7) Barbra Streisand
Although she’s been around for decades, she recently told Glamour that “I didn't do what people said: ‘Change your name, cap your teeth, change your clothes, cut your nose down.’ My nose was part of my heritage, and if I had talent to sing and to act, why wasn't that enough?”
8) Lea Michele
She told GQ magazine in 2010: “I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn't get [a nose job]. And if anybody needed it, I probably did. But my mom always told me, growing up, 'Barbra Streisand didn't get a nose job. You're not getting a nose job.' And I didn't ... That's why I'm proud to be on a positive show and to be a voice for girls and say, 'You don't need to look like everybody else. Love who you are.'"
9) Kirsten Dunst
The actor took something many people feel insecure about – imperfect teeth – and gave a quirky positive spin on it when she spoke to Elle magazine in 2012. “I love my snaggle fangs. They give me character and character is sexy. People comment, but the only person who ever told me to fix them was my mom ... I just went my own way, like daughters do.”
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10) Jennifer Lawrence
The hilarious Hunger Games star took a series moment to say: “I'm never going to starve myself for a part. I don't want little girls to be like, ‘oh, I want to look like Katniss’ [the character she plays in The Hunger Games], so I'm going to skip dinner. That's something I was really conscious of during training, when you're trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.”