#StrongIsBeautiful: Buff Beauties Who Embrace Their Muscles And Ignore Body-Shamers

August 5, 2015  |  
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Did you hear UFC fighter Ronda Rousey’s inspiring clapback for haters who said her muscular frame was too masculine?

She’s not the only celebrity woman taking a stand against body shaming. These celebrity women are repping buff and beautiful women everywhere by spreading the message that #strongisbeautiful.

Fearless #strongisbeautiful Just do it

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Serena Williams

“Built like a man” was the only shade haters could come up with after Serena Williams slayed the competition at Wimbledon for the umpteenth time. But the tennis pro who has taken home 21 Grand Slam titles simply brushed it off with this amazing photo captioned “Fearless #strongisbeautiful Just do it.”

On the way to Rio!!! #UFC190 #Aug1st #andSTILL Pic by @hansgutknecht

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Ronda Rousey

When Ronda Rousey’s haters called her “too masculine” leading up to her devastating win against Bethe Correia, she responded with this perfect statement to put her haters in their place:

“I have this one term for the kind of woman my mother raised me to not be, and I call it a do nothing b***h. A DNB. The kind of chick that just tries to be pretty and be taken care of by someone else. That’s why I think it’s hilarious if my body looks masculine or something like that. Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f**king millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely bada** as f**k because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose, because I’m not a do nothing b***h.”

What an incredible journey! #OlympicDay

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Allyson Felix

Sometimes standing up for women’s bodies is as simple as being proud of your own. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix isn’t afraid to show off her muscles, which have led her to victory time and time again.

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett fans have always loved her muscular arms and fit physique, and she’s never been afraid to show off the strength and beauty that comes from a healthy workout regimen.

️Dress #ElieSaab #Espys

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Speaking of muscles to die for, Ciara has always been known for her killer six-pack and her long, muscular legs. She recently shared her workout with Entertainment Tonight.

The key to her killer bod? Ciara says, “85 percent of it is what you eat, and 15 percent of it is how you work out.” She puts in an hour at the gym five to six times a week, eats five small meals a day, and avoids salt at all costs.

Misty Copeland

Ballerina Misty Copeland said she struggled early on despite her talent because her frame was labeled as the “wrong” type of body:

“I think when I joined Ballet Theater [sic], there were people on the staff who did not want to see a brown person in the corps onstage. Even to this day, I hear that I shouldn’t even be wearing a tutu. I don’t have the right legs, my muscles are too big.”

But those muscles have helped Copeland become one of the premiere ballerinas in the world who strives to be an example to all women of all body types everywhere.

Venus Williams

When the haters came for her sister, Venus Williams struck back at body-shaming critics to say, “I’m proud to be strong!” She added that she’s never looked in the mirror and thought “How do I look?” but rather, “What can my body do for me?”

Jada Pinkett Smith

Anyone who looks at Jada Pinkett Smith’s amazingly-fit-at-43 body with anything but awe is clearly misguided.

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Sometimes the best response to body shaming is victory. When an official from UK Athletics said that British runner Jessica Ennis-Hill needed to lose some of her bulk, she responded by capturing the gold medal in the heptathlon at the London Olympic games.

Caster Semenya

Sometimes body shaming athletes can go too far. After South African Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya won the 800-meter race at the World Championships in 2009, the International Association of Athletics Federation demanded that she undergo tests to ensure that she wasn’t genetically a man.

Only after an embarrassing public spectacle and tests by “an endocrinologist, a gynaecologist, an internal medicine expert, an expert on gender and a psychologist” was she allowed to keep her medal and continue competing.

Holley Mangold

When Conan O’Brien made fun of Olympic weightlifter Holley Mangold’s size on Twitter, Holly wasn’t afraid to stand up for her size or her strength:

“Between my team mate (Sarah Robles) and I, I think we both showed you can be athletic at any size. I’m not saying everyone is an athlete but I am saying an athlete can come in any size.”

And she’s always representing for bodies of all types on Twitter where her tagline is “Loving life and living big!”

@reebokwomen #BeMoreHuman @mfondrier @shanstagrramm

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Aly Raisman

When ESPN celebrated Olympic gold gymnast Aly Raisman’s powerful body on the cover of their annual Body Issue, she confessed that while she wins on the mat, she’s often criticized for her “masculine” body when she gets off of it. But Raisman says, “Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I’ve learned to love them. I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am.”

Skylar Diggins

The Tulsa Shock point guard loves her athletic frame, and she has a rigorous fitness regimen to thank for it.

“I have an athletic body type, and that’s the look I’m kind of going for. I just stay, obviously, really fit and eat really clean, so it shows in my muscle tone.”

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