Societal pressures for ideal beauty have always been an insistent presence in our culture. Women have always been expected to act and speak according to what men, or overarching culture at the time, deems as “desirable.” Although it would be nice to say that we are unaffected and completely confident in our bodies 100 percent of the time, we all have those days where we see the front page of some magazine, turn on the TV, even go on social media, and are reminded of what we don’t look like, or what we can’t possibly achieve.


Through this never-ending struggle for effortlessly radiant beauty and perfection, certain female celebrities stand out as inspirations to the population of women through their healthy approach to the topic of body image and their acceptance of their naturally beautiful bodies. Here are some female celebrities who don’t buy into the pressure and encourage the rest of us to follow suit:


1. Jennifer Lawrence

Not only is Jennifer Lawrence incredibly talented, funny, and down-to-earth, she has become the hero of the average girl. She is gorgeously awkward and gorgeously gorgeous, and she is never afraid to be herself, even despite her somewhat overwhelming recent fame. She has made it perfectly clear to everyone who has ever asked that she will never go on a crazy diet or exercise excessively to lose weight for a role. And as crazy as it may seem, considering her amazing and healthy body, she has been asked to do so before. Still, despite any offensive comments she has received from haters or otherwise, she weighs what she weighs and she acts how she acts, and that’s what makes her great!


2. Adele

Despite her unbelievable talent and grace under pressure, the conversation about Adele always goes in one direction: body image. It is a shame that this is the case — that every time she is being interviewed, her weight always takes the focus over her musical talent. But it is for the benefit of the rest of us that she gets the chance to share her extremely positive views on the topic; she is completely open in saying everything that is on our minds without worrying about what people might think. She is stunning and curvy and talented, and above all, she is comfortable in her own skin. “I like having my hair and face done, but I’m not going to lose weight because someone tells me to… I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.” Beyond that, she doesn’t have time to take anyone else’s problems with the way she looks to heart; “I have insecurities of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.” We should all take a cue from Adele and accept our own appearance without trying to be someone else, and anyone who has a problem with it, kick them to the curb “Someone Like You” style.


3. Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is a gorgeous, stylish, hilarious, and successful comedy writer (she wrote for “The Office” before Steve Carrel left and now is the proud creator of her own show, “The Mindy Project,” for which she also writes and stars), a smart businesswoman, and an ideal body image hero. She understands what it means to be a normal girl living in our beauty-obsessed society, and she isn’t afraid to talk about it openly, because sometimes, ladies, it sucks. She is one of those rare celebrities who is willing to openly admit that although she sometimes wishes she more resembled the societal beauty standards — or Angelina Jolie (if only, right?) — she is happy where she is; her natural, beautiful self: “There’s a whole list of things I would probably change about myself. For example, I’m always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement but I don’t beat myself up over it.” This, after all, is what self-confidence is all about. It’s about accepting your flaws and accepting your beauty, and moving only towards bettering yourself on your own terms.


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