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More and more, women are standing up, vowing, I want to look like me — my size, my freckles, my age! Here are nine celebs who get it. When they look in the mirror, they see power. They see beauty. They see strength. These women embrace the natural qualities that make them unique and, yes, gorgeous. And self-appreciation is not only for celebrities, people! Now, turn that next face-to-face with your reflection into a bona fide self-love fest.
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McDormand’s combating ageism, in addition to winning (all) the awards
“I want to be a role model for not only younger men and women — and not just in my profession. I think that cosmetic enhancements in my profession are just an occupational hazard. But I think, more culturally, I’m interested in starting the conversation about aging gracefully and how, instead of making it a cultural problem, we make it individuals’ problems. I think that ageism is a cultural illness; it’s not a personal illness.” —From an interview with National Public Radio
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Cho hit some bumps starting her career, but these days she’s our radical self-acceptance icon.
“I was so sick of judging myself and sick of being judged for my thighs, my weight
andmy looks. I felt like nothing was ever enough. It’s really about accepting and loving myself, as well as whatever is flawed. There’s no need to care so much about those extra pounds or wrinkles. Happiness is what I try to hang on to.” —From an interview with Modern Wellness Guide
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Comedian Schumer has never pulled punches about her size or the fact that she’s 100 percent OK with it.
“Is it fat-shaming if you know you’re not fat and you have no shame in your game? I don’t think so. I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in — and I have a blast doing it with the people I love.” —From Schumer’s Instagram page
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Diane Von Furstenberg
Her iconic wrap dress isn’t her only genius inspiration.
“There is a saying that with age, you look outside what you are inside. If you are someone who never smiles, your face gets saggy. If you’re a person who smiles a lot, you will have more smile lines. Your wrinkles reflect the roads you have taken; they form the map of your life.” —Excerpt from her book The Woman I Wanted to Be
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Spencer made sure her fans knew the impetus for her recent slim-down.
“First of all, ladies and gents, here’s what I am not doing … I am NOT worrying about my weight! I am not trying to conform to a realistic model of beauty. I AM, however, being proactive in being the healthiest I can be. And before you ask, NO, awards season is not the reason.” Right on! —From Spencer’s Facebook fan page
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Curves have always been Lopez’s trademark, and she’s proud of them — now.
“I remember thinking I wasn’t thin enough because I had curves. But I’ve learned that being healthy and feeling great aren’t about having one specific body type; it’s a completely individual thing. There’s nothing wrong with me, my shape or who I am; you’re the one with the problem.” —From an interview with Hello! magazine
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She’s been the target of body-shaming for being way too “skinny.” Her reaction? Pure inspiration.
“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” —From more.com
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Winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, she also wins at self-love.
“I love that I’m a full woman and I am strong and I’m powerful and I’m beautiful at the same time, and there’s nothing wrong with that.” —From wellandgood.com
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The Aussie actress has never tried to be anything other than her fabulous self.
“I wouldn’t ever want to compete with what I call ‘the glamours’ — the really gorgeous people. I’m about the brain, the heart and what’s on the inside. I feel really lucky to be the body type I am.” —From an interview with the U.K. edition of Cosmopolitan magazine
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