It is common knowledge that Hollywood is a very looks-orientated place. With that said, if a person wishes to succeed in Tinseltown, they will have to keep up with a certain physical standard.
Regular people sometimes forget that even celebrities struggle with their weight. Also, some just don’t see the point of losing a couple of lbs. Here are eight stars who were pressured to lose weight, but didn’t listen and still achieved success.
1. Jennifer Lopez
Today, Jennifer Lopez is a fitspiration to a lot of women. But it hasn’t always been the case. The 49-year-old actress, singer, dancer, and producer previously revealed that there were many who hinted that she had to shed extra weight at the beginning of her career.
2. Amber Tamblyn
Amber Tamblyn played the protagonist in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”. Little did we know that she was struggling with self-esteem when her own agent told her that she should lose some weight. While the comment extremely affected her before, the 36-year-old American poet and actress is now supporting the #TimesUp movement and is a strong advocate of women’s rights.
3. Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland holds the distinction of being American Ballet Theater’s first African-American prima ballerina. Having a more muscular physique, she was pressured to lose weight when she was starting out because critics believe that she doesn’t have that “ballerina body.”
After the unnecessary comment, Misty began having problems with her health. Fortunately, she has successfully triumphed over the difficulties and proved that she’s beautiful just the way she is.
4. Ashley Benson
Although Ashley Benson has a great physique that a lot of women would love to have, the actress revealed that she is considered fat in Tinseltown. The “Pretty Little Liars” star shared that she has been told she’s too overweight for several roles even though she’s a size 2.
Ashley does not stress herself over her weight, believing that no one should be forced to shed weight if they don’t want to.
5. Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham is a famous plus-size model and an inspiration for women of all sizes. However, Ashley had self-esteem issues in the past. She was laughed at in her younger years and even her parents told her that she’s fat. But these scenarios and her agents’ urgings made Ashley Graham decide to show everyone that modeling is definitely not exclusive for skinny girls.
6. Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson had always been criticized for her weight. After delivering her baby daughter and gaining weight, she faced even more cruel criticism on social media. But the 37-year-old singer, songwriter, and television personality didn’t allow the rude remarks to destroy her.
In 2018, Clarkson was diagnosed with thyroid disease and lost 45 lbs. But the weight loss was not merely because she wanted to be thin, she’s just focusing on eating healthy food instead.
7. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has an envy-worthy body. She got curves that some women would go under the knife for to imitate. But despite her incredible physique, Lawrence shared that her type of body is not the norm in Hollywood. She also believes calling anyone fat on television should be prohibited.
8. Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is certainly one of the most popular models in history. However, she had to deal with bullying by mass media when she gained weight. Although Tyra gained a couple of pounds, she was never obese. However, a magazine published a picture of her on a beach, wearing a swimsuit, with the caption “Tyra Porkchop,” which hurt her a lot. She also shared that during a Milan show, she was called fat by two seamstresses. Some fashion designers even declined working with her because she has wider hips than the “normal” model.
Today, the mother-of-one is inspiring people by reminding them that we don’t have to be stick-thin to be called beautiful.