These stars refuse to cop flack about their bodies, just because they don't conform to the 'rake-thin' norm.
Amidst the hoopla over her weight gain, Christina Aguilera told this month's issue of Marie Claire, "I've been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It's noise I block out automatically. I love my body. My boyfriend loooves my body. My son [4-year-old Max] is healthy and happy, so that's all that matters to me."
Jessica Simpson, who is currently expecting her first child, has faced criticism about her body. But the buxom blonde has come to cherish her figure, telling OK!, "I walk around with so much more pride in who I am as a woman, as a person. I think the journey really was finding what was beautiful inside of me and knowing that I own it."
Responding to online bullying about her weight, teen singer Miley Cyrus took to her Twitter writing, "I don't wanna be shaped like a girl I LOVE being shaped like a WOMAN & trust me ladies your man won't mind either." She followed up by tweeting a photo of Marilyn Monroe with the caption, "Proof that you can be adored by thousands of men even when your thighs touch."
While Rihanna arguably has one of the best bodies in music, she revealed she hasn't always thought so. The 23-year-old singer told Vogue last April, "I realized that I actually like my body, even if it's not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy... For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up. My body is comfortable, and it's not unhealthy, so I'm going to rock with it."
Rapper Nicki Minaj—whose enviously curvy body inspired some truly inappropriate rhymes from Eminem—has said of her coveted bottom to Seventeen last May, "I don't mind the questions. I don't mind the fascination. It's all good. I mean...but I've said this before, [my butt] doesn't define me. So, I try my best not to focus my energy on it."
Undoubtedly the most popular artist right now, UK singer Adele said to Rolling Stone last April about body issues, "I've seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. I don't want that in my life. I have insecurities, of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me."
British pop singer Natasha Bedingfield has felt the pressure to be superstar thin, telling People in October, "I have never had a stick-thin model, size-zero body… but I decided not to starve myself to try and fit into the mold." The singer even referenced some Dove commercials featuring proud women of all shapes as an inspiration. Bedingfield said the ads "helped me accept and love my curvy figure and see myself as womanly."
Inspiring country singer Miranda Lambert told Health last April, "I’m a normal-size girl, and I’m fine with that. All these stars are so tiny, and they spend their lives trying to be skinny. I want to look my best, but I’m not a model. I’m not an actress. I’m representing normal girls. It’s OK to have a little bit of curve. I’m happy with my body. So many girls come up to me and say, "Thank you for being normal," and I’m proud of that."
Shock singer Beth Ditto of The Gossip has been endlessly questioned about her curves. But that hasn't stopped her from posing nude on two magazine covers and becoming one of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld's fashion muses. In a Radio 1 interview in 2010, she said to critics questioning her health, "It's really interesting to me that people will look at a thin person and go, 'That's a healthy person.' I want to go, 'Come open my refrigerator and look and then let's talk about what you think is so bad."
AFter giving birth to two 6-pound babies in April last year, Mariah Carey developed gestational diabetes, had a double hernia and ended up on bed rest. "I gained an enormous amount of weight," she told Us Weekly. But thanks to a nutrition and work-out plan she has lost 30 pounds in 30 days, and is feeling better than ever. "Even though my weight loss was mostly from dieting, I'm never going to stop working out," she said. "It releases stress. I'm really focused on my health now — mind, body and soul."
Singer Kelly Clarkson has been rousing up interest in her weight recently, but she hasn't hesitated to shoot back. She told People in September, "When people talk about my weight, I'm like, 'You seem to have a problem with it; I don't. I'm fine!'." She adds, "My happy weight changes. Sometimes I eat more; sometimes I play more."