6 Celebs You Wouldn't Have Guessed Struggle with Body Image
Even perfect people don't feel perfect.
Stars: they go to the gym. They buy groceries. They feel weird about how their butt looks in those pants. They really are just like us. Here are 6 celebs who have struggled with body image issues.
1. Beyonce and Michelle Williams
In a 2013 interview with In Touch, Michelle Williams shared that being a member of one the most iconic girl groups of all time was hard on the self-esteem. “On the outside, we were poised and smiling. But behind the scenes we had issues. I was trying to gain weight, and meanwhile Beyoncé would say, ‘I think my thighs are too big.’ We were real girls back then. Flaws and all."
2. Lady Gaga
In 2012, Lady Gaga posted a photo on her website of herself in underwear, along with the caption "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15." The post was a response to media criticism that surfaced after the singer gained weight during her tour, and sparked a body revolution among her fans. Gaga later posted in response: "My weight/loss/gain since I was child has tormented me. No amount of help has ever healed my pain about it. But YOU have."
It's hard to believe that Riri has ever felt like anything but the epitome of physical perfection, but in a 2014 E!Online interview, Rihanna proved that she's like so many other women when it comes to judging our bodies. Said the singer, "I do pick on my body. It’s a thing that women do. We walk in front of the mirror and we look at our butt. Is it getting bigger today? Ew. It’s still flat.”
4. Hilary Duff
Even Lizzie McGuire struggles. In a 2014 interview with Health Magazine, Hilary Duff opened up about the body issues she struggled with as a teen: "When I was 17, I weighed, like, 98 pounds. I was totally obsessed with everything I put in my mouth. I was way too skinny. Not cute. And my body wasn't that healthy -- my hands would cramp up a lot because I wasn't getting the nutrition I needed. That constant pressure of wanting something different than I had? I regret that."
As a teen star, singer Brandy Norwood held herself to a dangerous standard. As she revealed in 2010 during a VH1 Behind the Music special, “I wanted to be so thin. That was my main thing. So I started not taking care of myself — not eating properly, not eating at all, diet pills, regurgitating, and all of these things that girls do.”
6. Miley Cyrus
As it turns out, life as Hannah Montana wasn't all it cracked up to be. In this month's Marie Claire, Miley shared what life was really like for her on set. "I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show. I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the f*** am I?"