Whether short, tall, curvy or skinny, celebrities struggle with body image issues just like the rest of us, but that doesn’t stop them from learning to love themselves just the way they are. Serena Williams, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Beyoncé are just a few of the stars who have inspired us over the years, not only by shedding their layers and proudly showing off their beautiful bikini bodies, but bravely sharing their 'I love me' journeys with us as well.
“Right now, after giving birth, I really understand the power of my body, just feel my body means something completely different,” Beyoncé told Vogue in 2013. “I feel a lot more confident about it. Even being heavier, thinner, whatever. I feel a lot more like a woman. More feminine, more sensual. And no shame.”
“I definitely have body issues, but everybody does,” Taylor Swift admitted to MSN in 2010. “When you come to the realization that everybody does--even the people that I consider flawless--then you can start to live with the way you are. I’ve read interviews with some of the most beautiful women who have insecurities.
"When I first started on television, people, and even my own manager at the time, would tell me I had to make all of these changes," Jennifer Lopez told Cosmopolitan for Latinas in 2013. "But you have to stand up and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you’re the one with the problem!’ And when you can really believe that, all of a sudden other people start believing too.”
"It would take Mexico to get me to play on the beach," Jennifer Hudson, who famously dropped several dress sizes on Weight Watchers, captioned this Instagram image of her beautiful body. "I'm so not that girl but I work hard, I deserve it right! Plus, I earned it!"
“I used to feel my most beautiful when I was on the red carpet or at events or something where I’m all dolled up. Now I feel like the moment when I feel most beautiful is when I’m able to hang out with a guy without my makeup on or lay on the beach with no makeup on and not even worrying about what my hair or what I look like before I fall asleep. When I’m confident enough to show myself without makeup on, that’s when I feel my most confident,” sunbathing beauty Demi Lovato revealed to Self in 2012.
Tennis star and bikini beauty Serena Williams told People in 2009: “I want women to know that it's okay. You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We're always told what's beautiful and what's not, and that's not right.”
Katy Perry confided to Harper’s Bazaar in 2010: “I don't have a Kate Moss body, but I'm very proud and happy with mine.”
“You’re constantly being told you’re not pretty enough…you’re not this, you’re not that. Love yourself and your body, because you’re beautiful the way you are,” Ashley Benson told Seventeen.
“I do pick on my body,” Rihanna admitted to E! Online in 2014. “It’s a thing that women do. We walk in front of the mirror and we look at our butt. Is it getting bigger today? Ew. It’s still flat.”
"I think that we as females are like the most beautiful, gorgeous creatures on the world I think that we're gorgeous no matter what size we are," she says confidently. "I'm grateful that I actually feel like that because I think a lot of us feel we have to be some little, tiny size in order to be beautiful," Alicia Keys told Amanda de Cadenet on The Conversation. In 2012. "We're beautiful because of how your mind works and you're beautiful because you have this gorgeous heart and that comes from way more than you fitting in some size two dress… I love being a woman."