Tilly Ramsay joins JLo, Adele and Davina McCall in hitting back at body shamers. (Getty Images and PA Images (pic of Tilly Ramsay)
Tilly Ramsay has joined a slew of celebrities standing up for themselves in the face of body shaming.
The 19-year-old Strictly contestant recently hit back at an LBC radio presenter who made a negative comment about her weight.
The TikTok star, who is the daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, was called a “chubby little thing” by radio host Steve Allen.
After hearing the remarks, Ramsay responded on social media by urging people to be kinder, admitting it wasn’t the first time someone had made a remark about her body.
“I try not to read and listen to comments and negativity, however, recently being called out on a national radio station by a 67-year-old man is a step too far,” she wrote.
“Steve please feel free to voice your opinions however I draw the line at commenting on my appearance.”
Tilly Ramsay has hit back at a body shamer who commented on her weight. (PA Images)
Ramsay went on to say it wasn’t the first time she has had someone comment on her body and she knows it won’t be the last.
“But please remember that words can hurt and at the end of the day I am only 19 and I’m so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I have been able to take part in and I understand that being in the public eye obviously comes with it’s own repercussions and I’ve been aware of this from a young age.”
She concluded her powerful post: “However I won’t tolerate people that think it’s okay to publicly comment and scrutinise anyone’s weight and appearance. Love Tilly xx.”
Since then, many fellow celebrities have jumped in to support Ramsay in her quest to call out the shaming, including former Love Island star Dr Alex George who wrote an open letter to the radio show asking for their support in ensuring a similar situation doesn’t rise again.
“We must not underestimate the impact such remarks can have, feeding into the potential cycle of weight stigma that still exists here in the UK,” he wrote.
While shaming has always existed, social media has made celebrities an easy target for the weight critics putting in their tuppence-worth about body shapes and sizes.
But just as Tilly Ramsay wasn’t going to take it lying down, many other stars have also used their social platforms to hit back at the shamers with some serious fighting talk.
Adele has hit back at body shamers who have commented on her weight loss, pictured in October 2020. (Getty Images)
Leading the A-listers who’ve spoken out and stood up for themselves in the face of body shaming is Adele, who has experienced negative comments no matter what her body shape.
The singer recently spoke out about the attention she has faced after losing weight.
“People are shocked because I didn’t share my ‘journey,'” she told Vogue. “They’re used to people documenting everything on Instagram, and most people in my position would get a big deal with a diet brand. I couldn’t [care less]. I did it for myself and not anyone else. So why would I ever share it? I don’t find it fascinating. It’s my body.”
The star went on to speak about the public’s “ownership” of her body throughout her career, saying, “people have been talking about my body for 12 years. They used to talk about it before I lost weight. But yeah, whatever, I don’t care.
“You don’t need to be overweight to be body positive, you can be any shape or size.”
Lizzo regularly calls out the body shamers, pictured in September 2021. (Getty Images)
Queen of body confidence, Lizzo, has also taken umbrage with body shamers.
The Grammy-award winning musician told the trolls exactly how it was in a workout video shared to her TikTok. “Hey, so I’ve been working out consistently for the last five years. It may come as a surprise to some of y’all that I’m not working out to have your ideal body type — I’m working out to have my ideal body type,” she said.
“And you know what type that is? None of your f**king business, because I am beautiful, I am strong, I do my job and I stay on my job.”
Amy Schumer doesn’t care what trolls think about her body, pictured in October 2021. (Getty Images)
Amy Schumer is also of the opinion that her body size is no one’s business but hers, and rightly so.
When a movie critic referenced her figure in a review of her film Trainwreck, labelling her “not conventionally attractive” and “chubby”, the comedian hit back almost straight away.
Uploading a topless photo to Twitter she wrote: “I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!”
Lena Dunham has also recently been forced to respond to some body shaming comments left on images of her wedding.
The Girls writer and creator, 35, said that she’s had a “lovely” week after getting spliced to musician Luis Felber but after posting about their wedding on Instagram, Dunham had a look at the comments, something she’d been avoiding.
“It’s a little too easy to feel the glow of support and forget about the cesspool lurking behind it — so I took a peek, and saw some gnarly s***, most not worth responding to or even sharing with you,” she wrote on Instagram.
Dunham did want to say something about the body shaming she experienced, however.
“One narrative I take issue with, largely because it’s a story I don’t want other women, other people, to get lodged in their heads is that I should somehow be ashamed because my body has changed since I was last on television,” she said.
“Firstly ‘did Lena eat the cast of Girls’ just isn’t a very good joke — I could punch that up for the Tweeter. Secondly, it’s ironic to have my body compared to a body that was also the subject of public scorn — an echo chamber of body shaming. But lastly, when will we learn to stop equating thinness with health/happiness?” she asked.
Rumer Willis was forced to hit back at the weight trolls earlier this year after she received some “really inappropriate” comments on a fun photo she shared with her Instagram followers.
The daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore used her social media platform to encourage people to keep their thoughts on her body to herself.
“I know I don’t need to do this but in an effort to spread some awareness and shed some light on body shaming tactics i felt the need to share,” she wrote.
“After the barrage of some really inappropriate comments left on my pic I posted yesterday I was left really bummed cause I was really enjoying the silly pics I took.”
She said the photo was in “a weird angle that even made me feel like I looked smaller than I do in real life.”
“But regardless even though you may think it’s your job or even your right to leave your unfiltered thoughts or judgements about my body for me and others to read… it’s not,” she wrote.
Lady Gaga was body shamed after performing during the halftime show of Super Bowl in 2017. (Getty Images)
Lady Gaga also hit back at those who criticised her physique during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2017.
“I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too,” she wrote.
“No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. Thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga.”
As well as being fat-shamed, some celebrities have also been criticised for being “too thin”, including Ariana Grande.
After Instagram user targeted Ariana Grande online calling her “unsexy” and “a stick.” the Thank You Next singer responded to the criticism gracefully. “We live in a day and age where people make it impossible for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are.
“Stop talking about people’s bodies as if they’re on display asking for your approval/opinion. They are not.”
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Davina McCall has also been the victim of thin-shaming with many accusing her of taking her healthy lifestyle a step too far.
The comments came after she posted a photograph of herself wearing a bikini last summer, declaring that she had no apologies for sharing a bikini photo, saying: “Because I cannot quite believe I am posting pictures of myself in bikinis still.”
McCall later hit back at the shamers: “I’m going to post pictures of myself in bikinis because I look fierce in a bikini and I don’t care what you think, ever. In fact, the more you don’t like it, the more I’m going to do it,” she said.
Body comments aren’t confined to someone’s size either, but can also include unsolicited speculation about a pregnancy.
Earlier this year Natalie Portman was forced to defend herself after an article appeared claiming she was pregnant prompting the Star Wars star to set the record straight on Instagram.
“Hey, so I’m totally not pregnant… but apparently it’s still OK in 2021 for anyone to speculate and comment on a woman’s body shape whenever they want? Do better @NYPOST,” she wrote, followed by an eye-rolling emoji.
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Davina McCall regularly has been accused of taking her workouts too far, pictured in November 201. (Getty Images)
And Jennifer Aniston was also compelled to write a powerful essay after becoming “fed up” of endless scrutiny about her body, and whether or not she was pregnant.
“For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up,” she wrote in an essay titled ‘For The Record’ for the Huffington Post.
“I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism’, the ‘First Amendment’ and ‘celebrity news’.”
She continued: “The objectification and scrutiny we put women through is absurd and disturbing. The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty.”
Turns out age-shaming with regards to female celebrity bodies is a thing too with Bebe Rexha hitting back after revealing that a male music executive told her that she was “too old” for posting “sexy pics”.
Giving her thoughts on the experience via Instagram, she told the man exactly what she thought of his opinion by sharing a black and white shot of her in her underwear.
Writing in the accompanying caption, the singer wrote: “I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting too old and that my brand was confusing.
“Because…I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose to do, especially for my age. I’m 29.”
The Say My Name singer added: “I’m fed up with being put in a box. I make my own rules.
“I’m tired of women getting labeled as “hags” when they get old and guys get labeled as sexy with age.”
JLo was accused of photoshopping her abs. As if! Pictured in October 2021. (Getty Images)
Even the queen that is JLo is not immune to the shaming.
When she uploaded an incredible photo of her abs on Instagram, some fans questioned whether it had been photoshopped and queried whether her abs were real.
The singer quickly jumped in on the comments: “Omg…Just a smudge on the mirror…lol…not photoshop,” she wrote, followed by the hashtags #lordblessthehaters #gymrat #youshouldtryit”#wishtherewasphotoshopforhate
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves JLo.