34 Inspirational body confidence quotes from women who know what they're talking about

Marie Claire

Read this next time you have a 'bleurgh' day. It will really help. We promise.

'On [old] shoots, I would never have options for clothing [...] People actually said, "I just can't work with you" because I was too big. That always hurt my feelings, of course.' Speaking about when the same stylists come back to her for work, Khloe later said: 'I'm just like, "F--k you. I'm not going to reward your bad behavior!"'. Khloe Kardashian



'I think that some of the biggest surprises I've had early on, actually to this day, are all the misconceptions about my body and my health. There are so many people who think that being a plus-size model, that there's something wrong with it, or that I must be unhealthy or that I'm promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. And at first it was very hard, and I blamed it on myself, and then I thought... my health is none of their business, I'm modelling for this clothing company, so why are people dissecting my body and telling me that I can't wear some things? That I can't look a certain way because of my body? And I did combat that for a while, and argue with people about that, but ultimately it's kind of like banging your head into a brick wall. If people are committed to that theory, I'm not going to change their mind. But there people who look like me, and feel like me, who feel like they don't have a voice, and that encouraged me to keep going.' Tess Holliday



'I'd drive myself nuts if I were [obsessed with body image]. I am who I am, and I just don't have a bikini body, I don't even have a one-piece any more. The messages we send to ourselves and to other women, what we relay to our children, those messages have to be based on reality.' Drew Barrymore



'I've never felt more beautiful or more like myself...I love my body.' Amy Schumer after shooting the Pirelli 2016 Calendar.



'In my thirties and even early forties, I could kind of still fake it. But then I started to worry that I was disappointing people, that I wasn’t delivering the ‘Cindy Crawford’ that they expected. But I’m past that now. I can’t even smoke-and-mirrors the Cindy from my twenties anymore. And that’s okay.' Cindy Crawford



‘You shouldn’t be pressured into trying to be thin by the fashion industry, because they only want models that are like human mannequins...But you have to remember that it’s not practical or possible for an everyday woman to look like that. Being size zero is a career in itself so we shouldn’t try and be like them. It’s not realistic and it’s not healthy.’ Rihanna



‘Girls of all kinds can be beautiful – from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It's not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box...Think outside of the box...Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.’ Tyra Banks

‘God made a very obvious choice when he made me voluptuous; why would I go against what he decided for me? My limbs work, so I'm not going to complain about the way my body is shaped.’ Drew Barrymore

‘I think that whatever size or shape body you have, it's important to embrace it and get down! The female body is something that's so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies and not diss other women for being proud of theirs!’ Christina Aguilera

‘I'm pretty comfortable with my body. I'm imperfect. The imperfections are there. People are going to see them, but I take the view you only live once.’ Kate Hudson

‘I might have a little bit of cellulite. I might not be toned everywhere. I might struggle in this area or that. But accepting that just empowers me.’ Kim Kardashian

‘I have a crumble baby belly, boobs are worse for wear after two kids...I'm doing all right. I'm 33. I don't look in the mirror and go, "Oh, I look fantastic!". Of course I don't. Nobody is perfect. I just don't believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, "This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!". I'm proud of that.’ Kate Winslet

‘I have learned more and more to enjoy my body when I have a few extra pounds on, just being more voluptuous. I say, focus on the body part that you feel most comfortable about.’ Fergie

‘I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say “I feel fat”. Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy, I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like “Oh, I look like a woman”. And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, because I loved it.’ Christina Hendricks


‘How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world. And get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!’ America Ferreira

'I share the same advice that my mom gave me - stay hydrated and sleep well. And that being a beautiful person on the inside is what really matters.’ Jessica Alba

‘I love my curves and I embrace them.’ Eva Mendes

'I’m proud of my body. My body weight will always be something that I’ll struggle with for the rest of my life, but I’m finally in a good place and learning to love me for me, and not somebody else's standards.’ Khloe Kardashian

‘To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini – put it on and stay strong.’ Jennifer Love Hewitt

‘When I’m confident enough to show myself without makeup on, that’s when I feel my most confident.’ Demi Lovato

‘I'm never going to starve myself for a part. I don't want little girls to be like, "Oh, I want to look like Katniss" (her character in The Hunger Games), so I'm going to skip dinner. That's something I was really conscious of during training, when you're trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.’ Jennifer Lawrence

‘I definitely have body issues, but everybody does. When you come to the realisation that everybody does that – 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. And you look at them and you're like “How do you have? Name one thing wrong with yourself”, and they could name a handful.’ Taylor Swift

‘I’ve never had one of those amazing yoga bodies. My body is what it is. I am sure if I went on a crash diet, lost two stone and toned up I could make loads of money by making fitness videos and selling my story to the tabloids. But I don’t want to encourage women to be anything other than what they are. That’s very important to me.’ Kelly Brook

‘A lot of women like to be super tiny, but I don’t want a child’s body. I want a woman’s body that is extremely fit. It’s so much sexier.’ Ashley Greene

‘Working out for me is something I do when I feel like it. But it’s really about feeling good and taking care of my body rather than having to fit into any sort of model or anything like that. I try to eat well, and everything I do is really just to make me feel my best.’ Lea Michele

‘I think it's ridiculous that you need to look a certain way to be conventionally pretty.’ Kristen Stewart

'I wrote "Bootylicious" because, at the time, I'd gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable. I was just 18 and you shouldn't be thinking about that.You should be thinking about building up your character and having fun, and the song was just telling everyone to forget what people are saying, you're bootylicious. That's all. It's a celebration of curves and a celebration of women's bodies.' Beyonce

‘I've never felt a push to be stick thin. I work out and eat healthy, so mostly it's about being in shape and having energy.’ Lauren Conrad

‘Confidence is sexy! I'm comfortable with my body and not afraid to show it off.’ Sofia Vergara

‘[Sometimes] I'm running and get passed by a 70-year-old woman with a better body. I can't be skinny all the time. I like to drink and I like to eat. I like burgers and bagels.’ Chelsea Handler

‘I love my body. It’s what God gave me’ Kate Upton

‘Models, even male models — how small they've gotten! It looks great for clothes, but it's not what you want in real life. Why do we have to keep looking at ourselves and measuring?’ Demi Moore

‘I am not a sample size, and I am okay with that.  I’m good with who I am.  I like to accentuate the positive.  My waist is something I love to show off.  I’m also happy that more and more women are embracing who they are, because everybody’s different.  You don’t have to be a size 0 to be pretty.  You just have to be comfortable with who you are.’ Jordin Sparks

‘I naturally have an athletic build, thick legs yet a lean upper body. I filled out much later than all my classmates, and I thank God for it now. I had to learn to fix what I can and accept what I cannot fix…That’s probably the hardest thing.’ Keri Hilson

‘I was self-conscious of what I would call my “tree trunk legs” because they are very muscular…But now I’ve learned to love them.’ Vanessa Hudgens 



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