Female Celebrities Redefining Beauty Standards

We look at female celebrities taking a stand against unrealistic beauty standards, and helping redefine the word beautiful.

Katy Perry

On Sunday’s episode of American Idol after contestant Cassandra Coleman’s performance, Katy Perry announced she has quit shaving her legs since being a new mother. While Perry said this to comically emphasize the power of Coleman’s performance, the singer’s unapologetic announcement helps normalize the stigmatized beauty standard of women having body hair. As beauty standards begin to evolve for the better, we look at female celebrities redefining what it means to be beautiful.

Chrissy Teigen

Teigen has always been outspoken and “telling it like it is” when sharing her life. While documenting her journeys as a mother, the model and television personality never shies away from embracing her stretch marks.

Alicia Keys

In 2016, Keys published an essay called “Time to Uncover” for the feminist newsletter Lenny Letter. The singer expressed her journey to embracing her natural beauty and refusing to conceal her skin with makeup. Around the same time, she started the #NoMakeup social media movement, where she continues to inspire others to embrace their natural beauty.

Laverne Cox

The Orange Is the New Black actress always uses her platform and experience as a transgender woman to spread love to the transgender community. Using the hashtag #TransIsBeautiful when she posts on Instagram, Cox continues to uplift voices in the community.

Jamie Brewer

The actress, known for her roles in American Horror Story, became the first model with Down Syndrome to walk at New York Fashion Week in 2015. As an activist, she’s been involved with nonprofits like the National Down Syndrome Congress and the American Association of People with Disabilities of the United States. Brewer gracing the catwalk at New York Fashion Week proves the growing need for representation in the fashion industry of people with disabilities.

Billie Eilish

The trailblazing artist refuses to adhere to societal beauty standards when it comes to clothing. Instead of wearing fitted clothing, Billie Eilish embraces her baggy attire. In her stylish wardrobe, she refuses to let anyone scrutinize her body and what she wears.


The “Truth Hurts” singer uses her platform to show self-love for herself and others. Through her song “Good as Hell” and her social media, she sends messages normalizing and celebrating bodies of every size, shape, and color.

We love how these celebrities continue to redefine what it means to be beautiful! Hopefully, we continue learning to embrace ourselves, removing one beauty standard at a time.

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Natalie Daniels

Natalie Daniels is a Journalism major at Emerson College in Boston and an intern at AfterBuzz TV. With her love of entertainment news and positive storytelling, she is passionate about all things music, TV/ movies, and pop culture.