13 Body-Positive Musicians Who Are Making A Difference
Health and Wellness

13 Body-Positive Musicians Who Influence More Than Just The Music World

What's wrong with being confident?

390
13 Body-Positive Musicians Who Influence More Than Just The Music World

I love all of these musicians so much and I am so happy for them and proud of them for sharing their journey and experiences with their fans. I have so many other favorite artists and musicians that I didn't put on this list and I'm not throwing shade at anyone, I promise. I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of the badass women for being so upfront and real about some tough issues.

1. Lady Gaga

Gaga played the Superbowl halftime show in 2017 and received so much criticism for her tummy showing and her hip surgery scar from 2013. In the past, Gaga has been very open about her previous bulimia disorder and her mental health. She says all the time that she is proud of her body and that we all should be comfortable in our own skin and to be who we are. In 2011, she had an album and a single called "Born This Way" with the lyrics "I'm beautiful in my way, God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track baby I was born this way."

2. Demi Lovato

Demi has had a rough past couple of years since she OD'ed, but she has always had a huge heart in helping others. She herself has battled an eating disorder on and off since her teenage years but she has proved that it is OK to be happy in your own skin and it's OK to get help when we need it. There should be no bad stigma around mental health and eating disorders. Demi has so many empowering anthems but one of my personal favorites is "Confident" with "what's wrong with being confident?"

3. Selena Gomez

Selena had a kidney transplant in 2017 when she found out that she was diagnosed with Lupus, (which is also the same disease that Lady Gaga's aunt had), Selena's best friend became her kidney donor. That summer and in the years since then, she's received criticism for wearing bikinis on the beach that show her kidney scar. Selena is proud of this scar because it shows her struggles and her recovery from the disease that she thought she was going to die from. This is so inspiring for everyone to show off our scars and be proud of our battles and to not let what people say about us bother us. "Kill 'em with kindness."

4. Taylor Swift

In Taylor's documentary "Miss Americana," she confessed that she had an eating disorder and that the team of people around her had controlled her food intake. She admitted how unhealthy and toxic this was and uncomfortable it made her feel. She was exercising a lot but not eating a lot and she realized this is unhealthy and started to make changes around her. From her first self-named album called "Stay," "you're beautiful, every little piece love, and don't you know you know you're really gonna be someone. Ask anyone."

5. Rihanna

Rihanna released her makeup brand, Fenty, in 2017 and was the first makeup brand to have forty different shades of foundations (which she now has expanded to fifty shades). People went crazy over this because we all know how tough the makeup world is when trying to find a foundation or concealer to match our skin tones — Rihanna made that possible for so many people. Rihanna wants people to cover up the imperfect parts of themselves with her makeup, she wants us to be inspired by it. She encourages plus size and curvy women to step forward to create a difference in the world because we all are not born to be skinny forever. She has the saying "if you want a butt, then you have a gut" and that's honestly true. "Life's too short to be sittin' round miserable, people gon' talk whether you doing bad or good" -"Cheers" ("Drink To That").

6. Shakira

When Shakira crossed over into voice acting she demanded that her character be redesigned to look more like her body type and not be super skinny. She wanted to set realistic examples of body types. "You know my hips don't lie."

7. Lizzo

Her album, "Cuz I Love You" has a nude picture as a cover image. From her song "Good As Hell," "if he don't love you anymore, just walk your fine ass out the door." She is obviously proud of her body and encourages others to love themselves and their bodies for the way they are. To not change any part of us just because someone else doesn't like it. We are who we are.

8. Adele

Adele had her son in 2012, had gotten married in 2016, and then divorced in 2019. Recently she posted a picture on Instagram of her incredible weight loss journey and she looks so happy! One of my most played Adele songs is "Water Under the Bridge" because that song has such an incredibly deep message. It's literally about the saying water under the bridge which means to let go of the past and don't worry about it anymore because it's no longer important. "Why have we been through what we have been through?"

9. Alessia Cara

In 2015, she came out with the single "Scars To Your Beautiful" that was all about embracing yourself and your body type. "She just wants to be beautiful, she goes unnoticed, she knows no limits, she craves attention, she praises an image" This song is literally a woman powered anthem.

10. Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee is 5'8" and she felt like she always the tallest girl in the room and she hated the attention that it brought her. Now she loves it because she's more comfortable and doesn't mind showing off her long legs. Her song "Most Girls" is so inspiring and has a specific meaningful lyric: "you know some days you feel so good in your own skin. But it's OK if you wanna change the body that you came in."

11. Meghan Trainor

Meghan's song "All About That Bass" became a body-positive anthem with the famous lyric: "I know you think you're fat, but I'm here to tell you every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top."

12. Kesha

I think this is pretty common knowledge but Kesha has been in a legal battle for over six years and it's still going on with a former producer, Dr. Luke, and she wasn't allowed to record or release music. She did release a couple of songs like "Praying" and "Rich, White, Straight Men" on YouTube when she wasn't allowed to release on Spotify or Apple music to get around the legal loophole. From "Praying," one of my favorite lyrics is "cause you brought the flames and you put me through hell, I had to learn how to fight for myself." In January of 2020, she released a new album called "High Road" which I 10/10 recommend.

13. Beyonce

Everyone loves Beyonce and she's just so iconic so I don't think she really needs much explanation. She wants men and women to appreciate the beautify in their natural bodies and be confident in themselves. Out of all the celebrities and musicians that I've mentioned, I have to say it but Beyonce is the OG of them all since day one. From one of my favorite songs from Beyonce, "Pretty Hurts," "perfection is the disease of a nation."

Report this Content
Swoon

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

5 Things You Need To Know Before You Watch 'Arrested Development' On Netflix

"Her?" Yes, she's an amazing show! (You'll get this joke after you watch the show).

Netflix

"Arrested Development" is an award-winning sitcom that aired for three seasons on Fox beginning in 2003, and then was picked up by Netflix for a fourth season in 2013, and then again for a final season in 2018.

However, it seems to remain one of the world's most underrated and under-appreciated shows of all time. Although this article alone won't be enough to skyrocket the show to Netflix's top 10, I hope that it will open people's eyes to the value and quality of the show.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

7 Books That Are NOT In The Young Adult Genre That Will Change Your Life

Young Adult isn't the only genre that exists, so here are seven books that any book lover wanting to try something new will love.

One of the most popular genres in literature that everyone has read at least one book from is Young Adult fiction. Now, I personally can say that, in the past, I have been one of those people that only read from the YA section of the bookstore.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong with just reading one genre, it's good sometimes to venture out of your reading comfort zone into the other book genres of the literary world.
In a previous article, I discussed the importance and power of words. The perfect example of this is literature and its impact on the world. Books have always played a crucial part in human lives, from how we are able to expand our knowledge to how we pass our time.
Literature holds so much power that there have even been time periods in our history where governments all over the world have felt threatened by its power and acted to eliminate it. But every time this has happened, people have acted and fought for the right to uncensor the knowledge they are allowed to learn.
Which is why I wanted to share my favorite books that have changed my life. These are books that have caused me to question and to learn. These are books that have influenced my life, and they are NOT from the YA genre.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Celebrities Stealing Designs From Small Fashion Labels Is NOT A Good Look, And They Need To Pay Up

When larger, more established figures or brands steal from lesser-known independent creators, they are taking opportunities away from these creators while also profiting from someone else's work and claiming it as their own.

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B recently collaborated on their new single "WAP," with the music video also being released on Friday. Both Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B posted photos of themselves on Instagram to celebrate the premiere of "WAP." An independent designer quickly noticed that the rappers' matching tops were copies of a top she had designed last year.

Keep Reading... Show less

I can not believe it has been ten years since One Direction came into our lives and blessed us all with their good looks and talents. For those uncultured swine who have no clue who or what One Direction is, let me educate you.

Keep Reading... Show less

Anyone who goes to Panera Bread will tell you that their mac and cheese is to die for. If you're a huge fan of their mac and cheese, you won't believe the new recipe they're coming out with!

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.

NBC

From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments