These stars are more relatable than we thought.
Summer heat and beach days warrant one uniform: a bathing suit. Stress and societal pressure to look “bikini ready” is a fallacy that’s been joked about by bloggers and celebrities alike.
These women are just a few examples of people publicly shutting down body shaming. Beyond the Photoshop-prepared posts, these more intimate photos prove that celebrities are—at least in one way—just like us. The latest star to join the conversation is Hilary Duff, who took to Instagram to share a photo and message about body shaming and self love.
“I am posting this on behalf of young girls, women, and mothers of all ages,” the 29-year-old actress and mom to 5-year-old son Luca, shared alongside a photo showing her backside. “I’m enjoying a vacation with my son after a long season of shooting and being away from him for weeks at a time over those months. Since websites and magazines love to share ‘celeb flaws’—well I have them!”
She continued: “My body has given me the greatest gift of my life: Luca, 5 years ago. I’m turning 30 in September and my body is healthy and gets me where I need to go. Ladies, [let’s] be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different better, and unflawed.”
Another celebrity mom who made headlines for her openness about body positivity is Busy Philipps. In late June, the 38-year-old actress and mom responded to those critiquing her “sweaty Instagram stories” taken after workouts.
“Someone asked me if people like my sweaty Instagram stories and my feeling is that, honestly, I don’t really care all that much,” she said, sharing a sweaty selfie. “I post those for myself… I have anxiety and I have a tendency towards depression but I have found if I sweat like this, EVERY SINGLE DAY, I feel better, I’m calmer, I’m a better mom and those fogs of anxiety or sadness seem a little lighter.”
Later in the post, she added, “My goal is not some perfect bod (I like chips and salsa and margs too much for that) My goal is to feel the best I can in my body and my brain for the rest of my life.”
Kayla Itsines, the popular fitness guru known for her Bikini Body Guides program, has gotten real about her own stretch marks. Though her 7.2 million followers often see photos of her toned abs, Itsines decided to post a more relatable shot last month.
“Hey chicks!!! This one is for the ladies asking me if I have stretch marks anywhere, yes I sure do,” she captioned a photo of herself in a bikini. “And if any of my friends or family are on here you know how much I love them!! I am a woman, and I am proud to be one and have these marks!”