“I Accept All Of The Bodies”: Rihanna And 9 Other Stars With Body Confidence Mantras To Live By
In her latest interview with Vogue, where she talked briefly about her new relationship and how she and Drake no longer have a friendship (which made headlines), Rihanna also made a very important statement about her body. Despite a lot of questions and fuss about it, she is just fine with her figure, whether she has more meat on her bones or is slim.
“You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies,” she said. “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”
Such messages about body confidence are important, especially in a time where social media says you can only obtain it if you have a certain look. So we thought we’d gather together a few other healthy messages about body image from a few of your faves. Here’s what they have to say about embracing the vessel they’ve been given.
“You’ve got to embrace yourself. Love what skin you’re in. It’s not about what other people think. It’s about what you believe about yourself, so own it.”
“Sometimes I’ll look at myself and be like, ‘Dang girl, you got a lot of stretch marks.’ But then I’m like, ‘That’s just the road map of my strength,'” she told PEOPLE. “They remind me of things that I’ve gone through. I need to just embrace them and celebrate them. For the most part, I find ways to embrace my body.”
“I never had a problem with it until I discovered boys,” Jones said of her height. “Then I really became aware of it. It took me a while, but I’m totally into it now. I wear 6-in. heels.”
“I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like,” Williams said of herself and sister, Venus. “We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!”
“You all can judge my body all you want, but at the end of the day it’s MY body. I love it & I’m comfortable in my skin.”
“I’ve enjoyed my shares of ‘woo-hoos’ on the street. I’ve enjoyed the company that I’ve kept, and I think I’ve learned over the years that it’s more important to be comfortable with yourself than whatever anybody else has to say. It can be a challenge when you don’t look like anybody on the magazine cover. It can feel alienating, but every woman in my opinion has their own power.”
“For me, having a great beach body is so much more than looking good in a bikini, it’s more about FEELING good in your body! No matter what the actual shape of your body is, when you can put on a bikini or swim trunks and FEEL confident, that’s the win!”
“First of all, ladies and gents, here’s what I am not doing…. I am NOT worrying about my weight! I am not trying to conform to an unrealistic model of beauty. I AM however being proactive in being the healthiest I can be.”
“My confidence, I can’t set it and forget it — I didn’t find confidence one day and I was fine forever: I have to put it on as much as much as I have to put on lipstick. I have to go through this mantra of who I am and my value, and all of that makes me feel confident. My friends, my humor, all of that makes me feel confident. And I have to keep remembering it to stay confident.