Being a woman is not easy, but being a woman in Hollywood is even more difficult. Living under the paparazzi’s gaze, being under a lot of pressure to look beautiful all the time. But even the most famous people have bad hair days, dark undereye circles, stretch marks, and cellulite. Some of these celebrities decided to speak out on issues that affect women everywhere, famous or not.
Bright Side chose eight inspirational women who use their voices for the greater good, inspiring us and proving that they’re much more than just a pretty face.
Alicia Keys, who’s always been known for her beauty and incredible voice, has decided that it’s time to love and accept herself for who she is. For this reason, the singer has stopped wearing makeup and showed off her natural curls.
Alicia said, ‘I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.’
She has even learned to love her stretch marks and sends a message to all women to accept themselves – flaws and virtues included.
Finally, a model who looks like a real woman and makes us feel confident just being ourselves! Ashley Graham is proud of her curves and became the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Madeline Stuart is a unique 19-year-old girl who is hoping to change society’s perception of beauty. Madeline has fulfilled her dream of becoming a model and walked in New York Fashion Week last September. The sky is the limit for her!
Motherhood and marriage continue to be regarded by society as the quintessential accomplishments of a woman’s life. But do we really need to get married or have children to be complete?
Jennifer Aniston wrote a powerful open letter where she spoke out against the media’s perception of a woman’s worth. ‘We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies,’ wrote the actress. ‘We get to determine our own ‘happily ever after’ for ourselves.’
The Harry Potter actress is doing a lot to bring feminism into the mainstream. In 2014, Emma Watson gave a powerful and moving speech about gender inequality at the UN headquarters in New York. In that speech, she called for men and women to unite in order to achieve gender equality. ‘If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by what we are, we can all be freer,’ said the actress.
Model Breanne Rice revealed that when she reached the age of 19 she was diagnosed with vitiligo, a rare condition that causes pigment loss in the skin. After hiding behind makeup for more than a decade, she decided to embrace herself in her own skin and found the courage to show her bare face to the world.
‘I couldn’t look in the mirror without crying and feeling unattractive,’ she wrote. ‘Don’t let your circumstances define you, but use them to inspire you to grow and help others. Love yourself and all of your flaws.’
You might remember Amandla Stenberg from her role as brave Rue in The Hunger Games, but now the actress has earned a place among Hollywood activists fighting racism, sexism, and homophobia. The 18-year-old does a lot to educate the world about race and cultural appropriation. Sternberg speaks out about what it’s like to be a black woman in society and shares her pride in representing her culture and identity.
Being a woman who is proud of her imperfections has not been easy for Demi. As a teen, the singer and actress struggled with anorexia, drug addiction, and depression. Today, she’s a perfect role model for all young girls who suffer from these issues.