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Social media can be a nasty place for the rich and (Insta)famous. And it doesn’t matter what you look like; trolls are going to find a fault and get vocal about it online. Famous women—particularly those with major social media followings—seem to bear the brunt of body-shaming attacks, but stars like Gigi Hadid, Chrissy Teigen, and Amy Schumer know exactly how to handle Internet trolls. And by “handle,” we mean shut down in a major way.
Kim Kardashian is the latest A-lister to shut down haters online, winning the Internet today with her response to spiteful Twitter followers who have an issue with the way she looks. Keep scrolling to see how Kim and six other major stars slammed body-shaming trolls on the Internet. Virtual high fives for everyone.
After Kim Kardashian tweeted “Of course I had to fly to Paris for fashion and fooooood,” some of her Twitter followers got nasty—fast. One particular troll wrote: “@KimKardashian all u think about is food fat bitch.” To that, Kim simply responded with one word: “Yup,” followed by a string of tweets about how much she enjoys food. “i am soooo not worried about my weight and what others think. i am confident in my bounce back game lol,” she wrote in one tweet.
The saga started when Chrissy, who’s married to John Legend, shared a picture of herself on social media wearing a (very cute) bralette at a MTV event. “Spent all day at MTV upfronts! Currently delirious and heading to Thailand tonight. What in the sh-t. What is life. Ball is life,” she captioned the snap. Within hours, a handful of followers—one of them a woman—decided it was OK to knock her down, tweeting pointless remarks like “You gained weight?” and “Putting on that weight momma.” To this, Chrissy hit back with a string of furious tweets.
“Honestly fuck you all. Why do I even open anything up to you,” she wrote in one. In our favorite, she posted: “In what other real life situation would you walk up to someone and tell them they’re fat or gained weight? Seriously you are POS.” Touché.
Despite (or perhaps due to) Gigi Hadid’s incredible success as a model and her portfolio dotted with brands such as Tom Ford, Topshop, Balmain, and Versace, there are apparently some Instagram users who have something nasty to say about her body. Perhaps people forget that there are real people behind celebrity Instagram accounts—and in Hadid’s case, a 20-year-old woman. Hadid drives that point home by admitting she isn’t immune to the negative comments: “I’m human, and I’m not going to lie, I did let the negativity get to me a little.”
In a lengthy open letter posted to her Instagram account, Hadid also gave haters some savvy advice: “If you don’t like it, don’t follow me, don’t watch me, cause I’m not going anywhere.” Yes! Clapping emojis for Gigi.
She’s one of the most successful artists of our time, and Adele’s got no time to hear other people’s opinion about her body—she’s owning who she is, thank you very much: “I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines,” she said. “I represent the majority of women, and I’m very proud of that.”
Gaga shared this swimwear photo of herself on Instagram and was barraged with unnecessary comments about her “weight gain.” Her response on Twitter, though, was perfect: “So what if I got a belly sometimes, sometimes I don’t. There’s people starving in the world.” She also added, “Id rather be fat than be shallow.”
After a movie critic thought it was fair game to target Schumer, calling her “chubby” and “not conventionally attractive” in a review of her movie, Trainwreck, Schumer used Twitter as her platform to respond, captioning a topless photo, “I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!” Soon after, USA Today brought up the review (and the body shaming), and she responded with a dismissive: “From the bottom of my heart—I could not care less.”
Empire actress Gabourey Sidibe was the target of some serious body shaming after she acted in a sex scene on a recent episode of the hit TV show. There were mean Instagram comments, awful memes, and plenty of disrespectful tweets flying around after the episode aired.
Quickly, the Oscar-nominated actress responded to the comments in a blog post for Entertainment Weekly: “I, a plus-sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television,” Sidibe wrote. “I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful, and I felt like I was doing a good job.”
She later added: “I’m very proud of the work we all did to make that scene a great opening for the episode. I keep hearing that people are ‘hating’ on it. I’m not sure how anyone could hate on love, but that’s okay. You may have your memes. Honestly, I’m at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked. Hope you enjoy next week’s show!”