13 Gorgeous and Talented Celebrities Who've Been Told They Weren't Attractive Or Thin Enough
1. Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid is undeniably a supermodel. But on some planet, people with terrible vision and a lack of functioning neurons have said otherwise. Critics have complained that her body type isn’t typical for runway models — as in, not thin enough.
Hadid recently responded to those criticisms with a widely-shared Instagram post that read, in part: "Yes I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I have thighs, but I'm not asking for special treatment. I'm fitting into the sample sizes. Your mean comments don't make me want to change my body […] If you don't like it, don’t follow me, don't watch me, cause I'm not going anywhere. If I didn't have the body I do, I wouldn't have the career I do. I love that I can be sexy. I'm proud of it."
2. Serena Williams
Williams is one of the most inspiring, accomplished, and talented athletes of all time, but she’s had to deal with an outrageous amount of negative commentary about her appearance over the years. Williams recently told the Huffington Post: "Most women athletes are pretty thin. I didn’t really know how to deal with it. I had to come to terms — as every teen and young adult does — with loving myself. I had to find different role models. But my body type is in style now, so I'm loving it!"
3. Lea Michele
This incredibly talented performer was once told she needed a nose job to make it in show business. She told Allure, "When I was 15, my mother and I went to meet a manager who said, 'You have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you.' My mother would say to me, 'Barbra Streisand never got a nose job. You're not getting a nose job.' And this was before I really even knew who Barbra was. I just knew that she was, like, the messiah for girls like me."
4. Viola Davis
The groundbreaking Emmy award-winner spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about her experiences as a black woman in Hollywood, and how her role on "How To Get Away With Murder" — as the sexual, strong, nuanced Annalise Keating — was groundbreaking in itself, due to the fact that such roles never go to women who look like her. She elaborated:
"The thing I had to get used to with TV was the likability factor. People have to like you, people have to think you're pretty. I was going to have to face a fact that people were going to look at me and say: ‘I have no idea why they cast her in a role like this. She just doesn’t fit. It should have been someone like Halle Berry. It’s her voice, and she doesn't walk like a supermodel in those heels.' And people do say that, they do. But what I say to that is the women in my life who are sexualized are anywhere from a size zero to a size 24. They don't walk like supermodels in heels. They take their wig and makeup off at night. So this role was my way of saying, 'Welcome to womanhood!' It's also healed me and shown a lot of little dark-skinned girls with curly hair a physical manifestation of themselves."
5. Ashley Judd
After a 2012 talk show appearance, the Golden Globe-award-winning actor was called "puffy" face.
"Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery? Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women," she said at the time.
6. Tyra Banks
In 2006, critics pulled apart photos of the talk show host, producer, supermodel, and businesswoman relaxing on the beach.
She responded with a speech on her talk show, ending with the forever-quotable, "Kiss my fat ass!"
7. Ronda Rousey
In her famous no-holds-barred form, the UFC champ gave an awesome rant on how she feels about people who trash talk the way she looks as not 'feminine' enough. "That's why I think it’s hilarious if people say my body looks masculine or something like that. I'm just like, 'Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than fucking millionaires doesn't mean it's masculine.'" She went on: "I think it's femininely badass as fuck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn't for a purpose."
The hysterically funny model was apparently too "fat" for a popular fast-fashion chain’s photoshoot when she was just starting out in her career, she revealed to DuJour magazine.
"They booked me directly when I was much younger. And I showed up on set, and they asked me if they could take a photo. And they shoot that photo off to my agency, who then calls me as I'm sitting in the makeup chair. And they say, 'You need to leave right now. They just said you are fat, and you need to come get your measurements taken.'"
After Maxim ranked the megastar the "unsexiest woman alive" in 2007, SJP reportedly responded in the press:
"Do I have big fake boobs, Botox and big lips? No. Do I fit some ideals and standards of some men writing in a men's magazine? Maybe not. Am I really the unsexiest women in the world? Wow! It's insane. It's so brutal in a way, so filled with rage and anger. What can I do? I guess you can't please all people."
10. Kate Upton
After Upton appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2013, people started talking about whether she was too fat to be a model. Yes, really.
"It was hard at first," she told Vogue. "You sit there and you're like 'Is something wrong with me?' The things that they’re rejecting are things that I can't change. I can't change my bra size. They're natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can't change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It's what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great."
11. Mindy Kaling
The outrageously funny comedian, actor, and writer has published two books, acted in and wrote for "The Office," and stars in "The Mindy Project," the show that she co-executive produces and created. But she had to bust her ass to get to where she is today, and she wasn’t always treated well along the way. She told the Guardian that before she worked on "The Office," a different network offered her a sketch show, but then made her audition for it. They then rejected her for the role of herself, because "we were not considered attractive or funny enough to play ourselves. That network is no longer on the air, and 'The Office' went on to be one of NBC's most hit shows in years. I feel like karmically, I was vindicated, but at the time it felt terrible."
Critics attacked J-Law when the first "Hunger Games" movie premiered, saying she wasn't skinny enough to play Katniss.
"I'm never going to starve myself for a part," she told Elle. "I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner' … I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong — not thin and underfed."
Hearing she wasn’t good enough was a regular occurrence when this talented actor was launching her career.
She spoke about the experience in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: "When I was starting out, I used to hear 'no' a lot and still do. And, 'You're not sexy enough. You're not pretty enough.' When I was really young, I auditioned for this really bad movie with vampires. I wore a dress to the audition that I thought was really hot. Then I was told I wasn’t hot enough. My manager at the time said, 'Would you go back and sex it up a little bit?' So I put on leather pants, a pink leopard skinny camisole and did the audition again and still didn’t get the part. After that, I was like, 'OK, f— this!'"
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