It's no secret that social media has skewed beauty standards in an unprecented way. Being exposed to heavily filtered and photoshopped images imposed almost otherworldly expectations for our looks, especially for women. The pressure is immense, but we can definitely say that we are no longer the unsuspecting victims we were 10 years ago. We've now learned to push back, and rejecting the idea of being picture-perfect is now more commonplace. We're even at the point where the images of "perfection" themselves, A.K.A celebrities, are breaking their silence and leading body positive conversations.
From flaunting their stretch marks to overcoming insecurities about weight, here are eight celebrities whose empowering body love posts went viral on social media:
8 Celebrities Who Celebrated Body Love with Empowering Social Media Posts
1. Lovi Poe
Lovi Poe is unapologetic about being flat-chested, and we're all for it. In an Instagram post from September 2021, the actress showed some body love in a fuchsia one-piece swimsuit with the caption: "Suit yourself if you think otherwise: #FlatAndProud. A little louder for the people at the back! #LoviYourBody."
Speaking of being flat and proud, did you know that Lovi refused to get breast implants? "I remember that back in the day, when I started in the industry, someone told me that I should get my boobs done, or else I wouldn't make it," she once told Preview."If you want that, it's not a bad thing. But if you don't want that for yourself and you feel like you're doing it just to please other people, then there's no point."
2. Pia Wurtzbach
Rising above the negative comments she receives, Pia Wurtzbach proudly gave social media an unfiltered look at her body. The Miss Universe 2015 winner also shared her mantra for embracing her imperfections.
She wrote, "We're more than a number on a scale, a filter on Instagram, or the opinion of other people. [I] was a bit hesitant to post this pic 'cause I've been called so many names over the years, but you know what, this body has carried me through life, and I will honor it — cellulites, jiggles and all." Right on, Pia!
3. Sarah Lahbati
One can't deny the pressure on celebrities to always look "perfect" on social media. It can drive them to become insecure about certain parts of their bodies, or worse, feel like that they have to hide them. This was exactly what Sarah Lahbati was made to feel about her post-pregnancy stretch marks. She opened up about it on Instagram, while showing her tiger stripes publicly for the first time.
"Took me some time to realize that my stretch marks are my best tattoos. A reminder that I am a strong and resilient woman whose been through a lot but most importantly, I’ve given birth to my two dearest sons, Zion and Kai. My angels," she wrote. "I am loved, understood & cherished by my husband. I couldn’t ask for anything more."
4. Gabbi Garcia
Just like Lovi, Gabbi Garcia is a "flat and proud" lady. Last year, she put her insecurities aside and flaunted her summer bod in a two-piece swimsuit, and she looked absolutely stunning.
"I used to be so shy & hesitant when it comes to wearing triangle-shaped bikini tops," admitted the actress. "But now, I learned to finally embrace it [sparkle emoji] Flaunt it and be proud [white heart emoji] #FlatandProud"
5. Valeen Montenegro
For comedienne Valeen Montenegro, showing body love online doesn't have to be so serious. Instead of writing long captions, she couples her bikini photos with witty captions that spotlight her petite chest. From "flat lay" to "flat is the new normal," her account is a treasure trove of funny one-liners you can cop, too!
Valeen also brought attention to normalizing body hair in another empowering post. She did it in a humorous way of course, placing sea moss on her underarms and posing with her arms in the air.
The actress said, "Body hair is normal! It's natural! And we need to talk more about it! We have an option to shave, wax and laser, but when other people criticize us for our 'imperfections' let’s all think and understand muna, what is perfection ba?"
6. Dani Barretto
Nothing should stop you from posting your adorable beach OOTDs. Just take it from Dani Barretto, who sprinkled our feeds with color last summer with her bright-colored bikinis! In one post, she flexed the cutest rainbow-hued top and opened up about overcoming her insecurities.
The celebrity mom wrote, "There is no weight limit on beauty. I am no longer a hostage of my insecurities. I choose to be happy. [heart emoji]"
7. Aubrey Miles
Aubrey Miles dared to bear it all on her 42nd birthday. She posted a topless photo on Instagram, and talked to her followers about how she feels—quite literally—that she has absolutely nothing to hide at this stage in her life.
"When I reached my 40s, I suddenly realized that I have no shame and nothing to hide. What’s there to hide anyway?" she said in the caption.
"I’m just sharing how much fun it is to have freedom that I choose for myself. I’m 42 now and how many more years do I wish to live? 30 or 42 more years? That’s why I go for it! I try to live my life freely but with care." We couldn't have it said it better!
8. Bea Alonzo
Bea Alonzo wasn't always this confident about sharing swimsuit photos from her vacations. In fact, she used to actively avoid posting any. However, in 2019, the Kapuso actress felt that she was ready for a change. She uploaded a rare bikini OOTD on her feed, and—you guessed it—the photo came with the most empowering note to herself.
The actress wrote, "I want to forget about how I hated myself for being 'fat' in other people’s eyes and just remember the things that I love about my body. It’s the only body that I am blessed with and I am thankful for my health because I get to do the things that make me happy."
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