9 Celebs Who Want You to Know Body-Shaming Isn't Cool

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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

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

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2. Kylie


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

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
that he’d been trending on Twitter because of his weight gain. 

4. Sam

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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.”

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5. Pink

In April, feisty pop starPink,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

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!”

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7. Kate

Just one month before, British actress Winslet, who’s
heard plenty of comments about her physique since the start of her career, told
, 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

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Former Disney star Lovato told
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

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9. Liam

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.”

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