This week, Lauren Conrad wrote a post on her lifestyle website letting folks know that the site will now ban "body shaming" language. The 29-year-old former Hills star explained that both she and the site’s editorial team know healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes, so they’ve decided to forgo words such as "skinny" and "thin,” replacing them with "fit,” “toned” and “healthy.” Conrad further noted that “the word ‘skinny’ will now be reserved for skinny jeans.”
Conrad is the latest in a recent roster of celebrities -- including Melissa McCarthy, Demi Lovato and Pink -- who are doing their part to make us rethink the way we talk about the bodies of both famous and everyday folks. It’s not only women who are speaking up, though. Celebrity guys such as Sam Smith and Rob Kardashian are also on the record saying that nasty comments about their physiques have hurt them as well.
Check out these nine celebs who want you to know body-shaming isn’t cool.
1. Melissa McCarthy
In May, McCarthy earned raves for a candid interview with More magazine in which the 44-year-old actress blasted sizeism, saying, “People don’t stop at size 12.” It’s not just Hollywood standards McCarthy objects to, it’s also everyday shopping malls that “segregate plus-size women.” The smart and funny lady made her position crystal clear: “There is just this weird thing about how we perceive women in this country," she said. "I would love to be a part of breaking that down." The interview came hot on the heels of McCarthy telling Ellen DeGeneres that she recently blasted a film critic for including derisive comments about the actress’s appearance in a review of one of her movies.
2. Kylie Jenner
Also last month, 17-year-old reality star Jenner seemed to anticipate negative comments about her body when she shared a photo of herself clad in a bathing suit on Instagram. She called out the critics with a caption that said, “Yes I gained weight. There, I said it so u don’t have to.”
3. Rob Kardashian
Kylie’s not the only one in the Kardashian-Jenner clan to face cruel weight comments. At some point, just about every one of her siblings has been fat-shamed, but none as brutally as 28-year-old Rob, who’s been criticized for putting on weight. In February, Rob posted a flashback photo of himself looking fitter, adding a bitter caption aimed at the “haters.” The year before, in a serious of sarcastic tweets, Rob noted that he’d been trending on Twitter because of his weight gain.
4. Sam Smith
This year, British pop sensation Smith had been praised by the media for shedding pounds, but he’s another guy who’s talked candidly about how much fat-shaming has hurt him. In fact, Smith, 23, who came out as gay in 2014, told an interviewer that negative comments about his weight hurt more than homophobic comments. “If someone called me fat, that affects me way more than someone calling me a f----t," Smith admitted. Sam also tweeted a flummoxed response after reading that shock jock Howard Stern had called him both “fat” and “ugly.”
In April, feisty pop star Pink, who’s never been one to keep quiet when she’s angry, took to Twitter to slam back against online commenters for their rude remarks about her weight gain. Pink, 35, pointed out that the photos that caused such a stir were taken at a cancer benefit where the singer was supporting a physician friend receiving an award. “But unfortunately, my weight seems much more important to some of you,” Pink tweeted, adding that she felt “beautiful” the way she was and anyone who didn’t agree, basically, could buzz off. The following month Pink discussed the incident with ET, saying, “I don’t take well to bullying,” admitting that even though she’s tough, she’s still “a human being,” and the mean-spirited comments hurt her.
6. Britney Spears
The same month, Pink’s 33-year-old fellow pop star Spears, who’s apparently had enough of comments about her fluctuating weight over the years, shot back at a heckler during a concert in Las Vegas. When the jerk reportedly called Spears a “fat b*tch,” Spears wasted no time shouting back, “F**king a**hole!”
7. Kate Winslet
Just one month before, British actress Winslet, who’s heard plenty of comments about her physique since the start of her career, told ET, she doesn’t like the media’s obsession with perfection and she worries about how it affects young women. “You have only one life,” the 39-year-old Insurgent star said. “I don’t want to spend my life worrying about how I look or what other people think.”
8. Demi Lovato
Former Disney star Lovato told ET in March that one reason she’s been vocal about her struggles with an eating disorder is because she’s a role model to young people. The 22-year-old singer says she wants her fans to learn how to empower and love themselves. She also used the opportunity to call out society’s obsession with slimness and “thigh gaps.” Lovato said, “I feel like when things like that are set in society's ideal of what beauty is, and it's repeated over and over, it gets put into your brain.”
9. Liam Payne
Last year, One Direction star Payne was the target of online fat-shaming, proving again that guys get body-snarked, too. The comments bothered the 21-year-old boy bander so much, he responded multiple times. In one rebuttal, Payne stuffed his shirt and puffed his cheeks for a photo he shared on Instagram. In a later post to the site, Payne shared his BMI stats with a caption that read, in part, “I just want to clear up what the media do to people these days. Is it wrong to be normal? Or do I have to look like an Olympic swimmer just to get your approval into the cool kids or can I accept that the person I truly love thinks I'm the coolest kid in town anyway? Think I’ll vote the second one.”