No surprise here, TMB is a huge fan of all things Kardashian, but especially of their body-positive outlook. Mundane at first glance, watching the physical transformation (good and bad) of a family of women over 10 years does a lot of good for young girls who seem to cling to the idea that Victoria’s Secret Angel bodies are what they should strive for.
People are so quick to judge Kim Kardashian West gaining north (get it?) of 50 pounds during her second pregnancy but so slow to commend the mogul for showing women the true changes one’s body can go through over those nine months. Because for some, a bikini-ready body and a full-term pregnant belly are mutually exclusive.
Lovato, who opened up about her body image issues in her popular YouTube documentary, also credits the Kardashians for encouraging empowerment. When visiting the Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2016, Lovato told the host that the family opened the door to acceptance. “When I was growing up, at the kind of age where your body starts changing and you want to be cool, it was in that era of when very, very, very thin people were the popular people in Hollywood, so that’s what I had to look up to,” she said.
Lovato’s struggle with her body is a relatable journey that the 25-year-old shares openly with fans and critics alike. We thank Lovato for her unending transparency.
Hendricks, the Mad Men sweetheart, stood up for herself during an awkward 2012 interview in which the actress was asked by an Australian reporter, “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?”
Struggling to answer, Hendricks replied, “I don’t know. … I’m sorry” and seemingly gestured to her publicist. When prompted to rephrase the question, the reporter used the term “full-figured” for the second time, and Hendricks quipped, “You just said it again!”
Lesson learned: Do not call Christina Hendricks “full-figured” and you won’t have any problems. Hendricks rightfully is teaching young girls that curves are cool, and it’s no one’s business to ask how you feel about them.
Finally, Upton’s girl-next-door look is just that — a normal girl who looks like she could live next door! Upton’s natural beauty exudes confidence so much so that Sports Illustrated chose The Other Woman actress to grace its swimsuit edition cover in 2012, 2013, and 2017.
Talking to Glamour magazine in 2016, Upton spoke about her body critics in the industry. “At first, I tried to diet to become their image, but eventually I realized that it wasn’t realistic — that this is just the shape of my body,” she told the mag. “So I had to block them out.”
Another fan of her curves? New husband and World Series champion Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros.
So if you’re ever doubting your look in the mirror, just imagine Kardashian, Hendricks, Lovato, and Upton birdies on your shoulder telling you that you’re beautiful.