Back in 2017, Bella Thorne was arguably at the forefront of the push for body-hair self-acceptance, with an Insta of her leg hair blowing the topic wide open in June. Via Snapchat, she wrote, “Ok fine. I’ll shave,” but this was no peer pressure moment. Thorne’s been speaking out for her grooming choices since 2016, and whether livestreaming a bikini wax or clapping back at trolls on on Twitter, she’s demonstrated you can engage with different perspectives while standing your ground.
Brooklyn Decker once asked her Instagram followers to play Count the Chins—and now her son’s gotten into the game. She captioned this ‘gram: “The moment your child grabs your neck skin and laughs ‘gobble gobble!'” Thank you, @krissyae for capturing this on camera??”
Elizabeth Banks’ honesty and sense of humor are always a bright spot but especially so when she’s taking on self-image. Banks used a #TBT moment to get real about her self-esteem, writing, “Acne. Frizz. Haircuts by my friend @sorayaweddings and homemade jewelry cuz money was tight.”
She continued: “Like now, I had days when I felt beautiful and proud and days when I felt low and despondent. Like now, I mostly tried not to worry about what I look like because I also have a powerful brain, lots of abilities, kindness and creativity and at the end of the day, those inner qualities are what I value the most about myself. But yeah, looking fine feels good too so, ya know, #balance The thing I know now that I didn’t back then is that any energy I put into looking cute has to be about me and not about pleasing or attracting anybody else. Being praised for my looks is nice but not nearly as satisfying as being praised for my accomplishments or deeds.”
Ashley Graham’s stardom has been both inspirational and a long, long time coming. Between several Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue shoots, collabs with size-inclusive Swimsuits for All, and speaking out as a body positive icon for women of all sizes, Graham has a ton of irons in the fire. But at the core of everything remains her dedication to giving her best effort and an honest representation of the not-perfect day-to-day that entails. Her caption on this Instagram summed it up: Capturing her stretch marks and cellulite, Graham wrote, “I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I’m in. And I’m not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn’t be either.”
It’s hard to look at Gabrielle Union and not see a crazy beautiful unicorn frozen in time, but she too runs into funny (read annoying) skin hijinks. No zit should get in the way of celebrating a fresh haircut, so Union captioned her newly blond selfie with, “Loving the new do… My zit also loves it ?”
Along with the period acne Insta related to around the world, Chrissy Teigen once posted a viral photo prominently displaying some stretch marks (plus thigh bruises she got while working in the kitchen). “Stretchies say hi!” reads her caption.