If you’ve been following my blog, you know that helping individuals have a healthy body image is one of my causes. I have lots of posts about body image, with a list of them in my post on “Body Image Resources.” Today, I want to share some of my favorite body-image quotes. They can be wonderful motivation toward self-acceptance.
There are many fascinating quotes about body image, both the positive and negative sides of it. I just want to focus on the positive body-image quotes here.
Best Positive Body-Image Quotes
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” Steve Maraboli. Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment. You are beautiful!” Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” Amy Bloom
“The human body is the best work of art.” Jess C. Scott
“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement” Jess C. Scott
“What is this drive to be thinner, prettier, better dressed, other? Who exactly is this other and what does she look like beyond the jacket she’s wearing or the food she’s not eating? What might we be doing, thinking, feeling about if we didn’t think about body image, ever?” Caroline Knapp
“Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford.” Cindy Crawford
“The plus size movement is not just about fashion; it’s about body image, and if we’re doing a shoot, they won’t retouch us at all. That’s the cool thing: there’s no retouching at all because we want to give girls the truth, not a fabrication.” Hayley Hasselhoff
“I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.” Kate Upton
“Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” Audrey Hepburn
“I personally battled with my own body image for years. I used to tell myself, You can’t wear anything sleeveless or strapless. And all of a sudden I was like, What if I just didn’t send such negative messages to my brain and said, wear it and enjoy it? And now I’m more comfortable in clothes than ever.” Drew Barrymore
“God made a very obvious choice when he made me voluptuous; why would I go against what he decided for me? My limbs work, so I’m not going to complain about the way my body is shaped.” Drew Barrymore
“I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn’t get a nose job. And if anybody needed it, I probably did. I’m proud to be on a positive show and to be a voice for girls and say, ‘You don’t need to look like everybody else. Love who you are.'” Lea Michele
“Actresses have definitely gotten thinner over the course of my lifetime. Women I admired growing up—Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep-were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny—much, much too skinny. You can’t Pilates to that. I’m a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, I’d look like them; it’s scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? That’s not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of what’s acceptable is larger than what people believe.” Zooey Deschanel
“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body—meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I was like, ‘Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything’s going well.’ And I’ve had that relationship ever since.”Amy Adams
“I do think moms should be given a break, all across the board. And I think that the most important thing is that you’re healthy. After I had my little girl, I wanted to be healthy for her and have a healthy body image so that she hopefully grows up to see that her self worth isn’t defined by how thin she is.” Busy Philipps
“It’s hard being a girl. There are a lot of body image issues that come up and I think the best thing we can do for our kids is lead by example.”Cheryl Hines
“My smile is my favorite part of my body. I think a smile can make your whole body. I want women to know that it’s ok. That you can be whatever size you are and be beautiful inside and out.” Serena Williams
“Beauty shouldn’t be about changing yourself to achieve an ideal or be more socially acceptable. Real beauty, the interesting, truly pleasing kind, is about honoring the beauty within you and without you. It’s about knowing that someone else’s definition of pretty has no hold over you.” Golda Poretsky
“You look beautiful,” Alodia says.
I startle at the compliment. Then I smile. “I’m beautiful to the one person who matters.”
She nods. “Hector’s mouth is going to drop open when he sees you.”
“I hope so. But I meant me. I’m beautiful to me.”
Rae Carson, The Bitter Kingdom
“You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won’t discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself.” Geneen Roth, Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything
“Step Away from the Mean Girls…
…and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.
Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.
“This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.” Oprah Winfrey
Healthy emotions come in all sizes. Healthy minds come in all sizes. And healthy bodies come in all sizes.” Cheri K. Erdman
“Girls of all kinds can be beautiful—from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box… think outside of the box… pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.” Tyra Banks
“We are beautiful because we are sons and daughters of God, not because we look a certain way.” Kate Wicker, Weightless: Making Peace With Your Body
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What is your favorite positive body-image quote?