There has been a renewed effort lately against body-shaming, with campaigns popping up practically every week in support of the female body and all of its forms.
However, the bitter, anonymous internet trolls remain, and who better to teach them a lesson than the women they target?
Shoutout to these fierce, famous females for refusing to be silent and telling their haters to shove it:
1. Kelly Clarkson
This American Idol alum has been dealing with her fair share of critics lately--for some reason, they have a problem with her changing body. Since, apparently, a woman isn't allowed to experience significant changes--and be HAPPY with them--after delivering her first child.
Clarkson doesn't give a damn, though, and she's lettin' 'em know.
“I don’t obsess about my weight, which is probably one of the reasons why other people have such a problem with it," the singer told Redbook Magazine. "There are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism -- that is not me. I wish I had a better metabolism. But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room and make friends with everyone like I can. You always want what someone else has."
Clarkson is featured in Redbook's May 2015 issue, pictured on the cover and inside the accompanying photo spread with her adorable 10-month-old, River Rose.
P!nk is one rockin' chick, known for being more than comfortable in her own skin.
Which, in case you haven't noticed, makes a lot of people a target in our society.
When some negative comments popped up about her outfit at a recent cancer benefit, P!nk posted this reply:
Willow said to me the other day whilst grabbing my belly-"mama-why r u so squishy?"And I said.."b/cuz I'm happy baby" the 35-year-old tweeted a few minutes later, along with the following photo.
Yet another powerful, inspiring mama!
3. Selena Gomez
Since they're, y'know, experts on everyone's body, people have been throwing some comments around about the "Heart Wants What It Wants" singer's new curves.
Gomez has been on vacation in Mexico, posting more than one photo to her social media account that make it pretty obvious she's absolutely loving where she is in her life.
Which makes it a prime moment for the haters to emerge from their dark caves to try and bring her down.
However, her subtle response spoke volumes, and I am still mentally applauding. "I love being happy with me yall #theresmoretolove," she captioned the sexy bikini photo below:
These are the most recent, most high-profile examples of body-shaming that I've noticed. Obviously, it happens to us all on a daily basis--as we're walking down the street and even sometimes in comments from people close to us.
Life is a rocky road and, sometimes, even more so for us as women, because we're expected to look one way, be one way, etc.
One thing I sincerely believe all of us need to do is to embrace EVERYONE. Let's promote women of all sizes, instead of uplifting one side and trampling the other.
Criticizing someone's weight, whether they're bigger or smaller, is never okay. And "Oh, but it's a compliment," (if I had a nickel for every time I heard THAT one...) doesn't work as a cover-up either. It's disrespectful and we need to treat one another better.
We're all different. We come in all shapes and sizes. We come in all types of personalities. And we're ALL beautiful.
Is that an easy concept to grasp? Absolutely not. It comes in tiny moments, one step at a time, one day at a time.
But what we need to remember is that everyone else's ignorant, self-righteous and downright RUDE comments about our physical appearances do not matter. Don't give them the power. It belongs to you.
The secret to being beautiful is just being 100% yourself.