Stars who won’t obey Hollywood beauty standards

While Hollywood maintains unrealistic beauty standards, certain stars refuse to obey those ideals and proudly speak about it. They have been advised to make some changes to their appearances or lose weight for roles, but these stars simply said no. Here’s what they have to say.

Kelly Ripa







Morning show host Kelly Ripa is definitely fit, but she’s also the first to admit she’s flat-chested: “I like to say I’m a 32A long…I’ve added the long because I’ve nursed three kids,” she joked to Life & Style. However, Kelly is happy with what the Mother Nature gave her, saying: “I would never have a boob job.”

Sofia Vergara







Early in her career, Sofia Vergara was encouraged to lose weight to further her career, but she stood her ground. “So, somebody told me, ‘You have to lose weight because… in the pictures, you’re gonna look better. Look at the other actors, how good they look,’” she said. “So I told her, ‘Yeah, they might look better in pictures, but I look better naked.’”

Jennifer Lopez







The pop star told Vogue in April 2012, for its Shape issue: “I’m not a size 0 or 2. I’m not 6-feet-tall like a lot of the models that come around, and I’m like, ‘Wow, I’m really short compared to models!’ I’m just a regular woman. I wear a size 6. You know, when I eat a little too much over the holidays, maybe a size 8. When I’m in shape, maybe a size 4.”

Liv Tyler







Speaking about her appearance, Liv said: “I’ve been told that if I lose weight I’d have more work, but I refuse to submit myself to Hollywood standards. To the rest of the world I am slim and I like the way I am.”

Jennifer Lawrence







Jennifer Lawrence is one actress who is against losing weight for an acting job. She has become an advocate for positive body image because she is so refreshingly honest and candid about her views on weight. “I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I keep waiting for that one role to come along that scares me enough into dieting, and it just can’t happen. I’m invincible,” the Hunger Games star said. Speaking to Elle, Jennifer said: “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress, I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.”

Jamie Lee Curtis







There are few Hollywood beauties that let their naturally gray hair show, but actress Jamie Lee Curtis  does it with style. When Marie Claire asked Curtis how people in Hollywood responded to her silver strands, she said, “Oh, I had people who were emphatic in their disapproval, insisting it would age me. Now they’re all eating crow and saying how right I was to do it.”

Patricia Arquette







When Patricia Arquette landed a spot on the show Medium, one of the producers encouraged her to lose some of the baby weight from her pregnancy with her daughter Harlow, but she didn’t succumb to the pressure. “The producer said, ‘Honey, you’ve got to lose some weight.’ I felt like saying, ‘I don’t want to do this job then,’ because, to be honest with you, I’m trying to make little changes in the world. If it made any sense for this part – if this part was a supermodel or anorexic – then okay. But DuBois is a mother of three in a long-term marriage. It doesn’t make sense.”


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One response to “Stars who won’t obey Hollywood beauty standards”

  1. Jessica says:

    I feel like instead of trying to convince everyone that they’re beautiful, we should be trying to convince everyone that they just ARE. They EXIST, they have a face and a body that EXIST and so does everyone else. Done.

    What I mean is that we shouldn’t be judging people’s appearances at all. There can be things that we are attracted to, features that we appreciate in others, but an overall idea of “beautiful” versus “ugly” doesn’t make sense.

    I appreciate it when someone compliments me, but I recognize that it is ONE person’s opinion, and that someone else might think I am ugly. I might look in the mirror one day and think I look like crap, but feel great the next day. Beauty is something that is so varied and fluctuates so rapidly that maintaining an ideal of beauty is nearly impossible. Even celebrities and so called “perfect” looking people can’t keep up with it. In the past 50 years alone the beauty ideal has changed numerous times!