Celebrities taking a stand against body shaming
Stars such as Billie Eilish, Lena Dunham, Lizzo and Chrissy Teigen are using their platform to speak out against the pressures to have a perfect body.
‘Though you've never seen my body, you still judge it,' Billie Eilish says in a low voice. In her short film "Not My Responsibility", published on YouTube in May, the singer calls out body-shamers and appears to remove her clothes before submerging herself in a thick, black liquid. Eighteen-year-old Eilish, who has already won five Grammy Awards, often speaks up about body shaming. Her stage outfits are loose-fitting and unisex—a way of deflecting comments about her body and to illustrate her message.
Billie Eilish is not the only celebrity to fight against beauty standards. Since 2012, actor and director Lena Dunham portrays herself as a woman who challenges these conventions. In her TV series Girls, she did not hide her body or any cellulite. Although Lena Dunham was regarded as a pioneer almost a decade ago, singers, actresses and public figures are now increasingly taking a stand against beauty standards and proudly showing how their bodies do not conform with these stereotypes.
Last March, singer Lizzo accused the social network TikTok of body shaming after several of her videos, in which she appeared in a swimsuit, were removed from the platform. ‘It may come as a surprise to some of y'all, that I'm not working out to have your ideal body type,' she said in another video. As an advocate for body-positivity, the Juice singer continually reminds her fans to love themselves.
This message is shared by presenter Chrissy Teigen, who uses Twitter to shut down anyone who harasses her online and did not shy away from showing off her stretch marks after her pregnancy. Meanwhile in 2018, Rihanna launched an inclusive line of lingerie called Savage x Fenty and talks openly about her weight fluctuation. Although the battle to accept female bodies in all their forms is far from over, these positive role models are certainly paving the way.