Gallery of Gorgeous Women

I’ve included pictures below of the kind of women we need to idealize more in our society: women who are drop-dead gorgeous but don’t look like they haven’t eaten any carbs since puberty. I applaud these women for not only wearing their curves with pride, but also for not giving in to Hollywood pressure to become rail-thin and anorexic-looking. . .check back to see more gorgeous women we can feel good about admiring.

Gabourey Sidibe

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Gabourey Sidibe (GABB-UH-RAY SIDD-UH-BAY) is living everybody’s dream life sans the typical “dream body.” She’s beautiful and fabulous, and in her interviews she seems like a really cool person. (a.k.a. please be our friend, Gabby.)

 

Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley

Have you ever wanted to meet someone who lived by “seizing the day”? I have, and the person I want to meet who does this is Shailene Woodley.

I’d be thrilled if I could sit down for ten minutes to pick her brain about living a natural life, enjoying every moment, and—more controversially—rejecting feminism. Yes, rejecting feminism.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence made waves when she publicly said she wouldn’t “starve” herself for a role. In the years since she’s spoken out about body-image issues and fat shaming. She’s been quoted as saying, “I just think it should be illegal to call someone fat on TV.  I mean, if we’re regulating cigarettes and sex and cuss words because of the effect it has on our younger generation, why aren’t we regulating things like calling people fat?”

 

Lizzi Miller

Lizzi Miller
Last summer, Glamour magazine ran this photo of plus-size model Lizzi Miller sporting a real stomach and thighs, generating tons of praise for the magazine and making Miller a hero to women of all sizes. Click Lizzi’s photo above for the whole story.

 

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama
The first lady has brought the kind of youthful, exuberant style back to the White House that we haven’t seen since the days of Jackie O. And she did it with a real body. Bravo, Michelle!

Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler stars in one of my favorite TV shows, PARKS AND RECREATION, and one thing I love about that show is how real most of the actors—including Poehler—look. Since having her first baby last year, Poehler has settled into a more normal weight, and I admire the heck out of her for not starving herself until her body looked exactly the same as it did pre-baby.

 

Serena Williams

Serena Williams
We all know that Williams has an incredibly buff body, but what I really love about her is that she shows it off in super feminine clothes even though she isn’t model thin, proving yet again that curvy girls are beautiful too.

 

Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks
Hendricks, who plays the amazing Joan Holloway on MAD MEN, has done more to bring back curves than almost any other actor working today. Christina, I salute you.

Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez
I once heard GREY’S ANATOMY star Ramirez say that people are always surprised by how thin she is in real life, proving how obsessed we all are with body image. Good for Sara for knowing she looks good on TV and off.

 

American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson

American Idol winner <br>Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson says she loves her body and rightly tells everyone else that they need to accept her the way she is. (Click on pic for full story.)

 

Alia Shawkat

Alia Shawkat
Shawkat, formerly of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, can now be seen in Drew Barrymore’s WHIP IT, and Shawkat’s sexy curves in that film are a refreshing counterpoint to Ellen Page’s teeny little frame. Kudos to Barrymore for featuring two beautiful women with completely different bodies.

 

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington
Not only does Arianna run one of the most influential websites in the world, she also does so while looking both gorgeous and real.

Beyonce . . . a happy medium

Beyonce . . . a happy medium
There is no limit to my admiration for Beyonce, a woman who is super curvy but who still feels comfortable wearing incredibly sexy clothes and singing about it in “Bootylicious.” I see her as a crucial part of the movement away from worshipping underweight women.

 

Shauna Reid, a.k.a. Diet Girl

Shauna Reid, a.k.a. Diet Girl
Reid is the author of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DIET GIRL, a book based on her blog about losing half of her body weight. (Click on pic for her blog.) But what impresses me most about Shauna is that she stopped dieting when she got to a healthy weight (175 pounds for her 5’8″ frame), rather than starving herself to become thinner than natural. And she looks amazing! Be sure to support her by buying her fabulous new book.

America Ferrera. . .the original real woman with curves

America Ferrera. . .<br>The Original Real <br>Woman with Curves
I have been a fan of America Ferrera ever since she starred in REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, a must-see for all women, no matter what their size. I’ll never forget when she dropped trou in that movie and showed the whole world she was not ashamed of her REAL body.

Musician Andra Suchy

Musician Andra Suchy
I saw Suchy when she performed with Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION and immediately admired her confidence and natural beauty.

 

Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette
I was thrilled when Arquette began starring in MEDIUM and still looked like a real woman. How many TV stars (not sidekicks) can we say that about? And she’s defended her real body too (click on pic for more info). You go, girl!

 

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson at the Oscars
For my money, Taraji P. Henson was the best-dressed woman at the 2009 Oscars. And she can work it!

 

Kelly Osbourne. . .wise beyond her years

Kelly Osbourne . . . <br>Wise beyond her years
Kelly Osbourne says she looks normal and doesn’t want to lose weight. (Click pic for full article.) Give this girl a medal. At the tender of age of 24, she’s wise enough to teach us all something.

 

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek
Hayek never hides her curves or acts ashamed of her va-va-voom body. I love her for that.

 

Meryl Streep—curvy goddess!

Meryl Streep—curvy goddess!

I have always loved Meryl Streep and the fact that she openly admits she wears a size fourteen. (See! Size fourteens are beautiful too!) Also, she looks better and better all the time. Look at that bod!

J. Lo. . .duh.

J. Lo . . . duh.
This is the person who made big tushies popular. How can we not love her? The woman ought to have her own religion.

11 comments

  1. Beth Walls says:

    Love this site! Just wanted to toss in a name for your Gallery of Gorgeous Women: Natalie Horler. She’s the lead singer of the group Cascada, and is beautiful from her head to her voice box to her toes! A lot of the pictures that you find when you Google search make her look small, but when you watch her music videos you can tell she’s an average sized woman, not huge or rail-thin, with plentiful curves.

    • admin says:

      Oh, thanks for the recommendation, Beth! I’ll have to look Natalie up soon. Would you have any desire to write a short post about her for I Will Not Diet?

  2. […] great collection at I Will Not Diet.  Author and blogger Molly McCaffrey has collated a wonderful Gallery of  Gorgeous Women.  This could quite possibly be my definitive ultimate thinspo.  I only wish more young women […]

  3. Brittany says:

    I love this site, but what about the average girls? Yeah, these women don’t mind carrying a little extra weight, but they look great because they’re blessed with extraordinary figures–probably more extraordinary than any other model or actress around. Where else do you see a Selma or JLO? What about the rest of us? There are women out there with “real” bodies, but most of these women aren’t really them. I’m glad you put Kelly Clarkston and Alia Shawkat on the list, because they’re definitely more representative of the general population. It would be cool to see real girls that you’ve found at the local gym, coffee shop, etc. and interviewed them to find out how they stay confident in their own skin.

    • admin says:

      Well, the idea, Brittany, was to feature celebrities who have average bodies, so we can aspire to look like them rather than aspiring to look like celebrities with bodies that aren’t really attainable unless being thin is your full-time job. Yes, JLo and Beyonce have somewhat unreal bodies, but I included them because they are much curvier than other celebrities. I actually included Selma Hayak because she has a little tummy you can sometimes see and Serena Williams because she has cellulite (see my post about that here: http://www.iwillnotdiet.com/?p=170). And most of the other women on this list have far from perfect bodies too. I like your idea of featuring regular people rather than celebrities, and I think I’ll do that this summer–but in a different spot on this site since this spot is dedicated to celebrities with bodies that are more attainable than most.

    • dominique green says:

      how on Earth is Lizzie considered “plus size’??? seriously she looks normal to me!! I am a little over 5’8″ and generally a size 8!!! I don’t understand what this city( Los Angeles ca) is coming to !! I was a size 20 at one time- due to over eating and alcohol abuse – I am just so sick and tired of 5’9” anoexic models being called “beauty” !!!its a mental illness

      • admin says:

        I could not agree with you more, Dominique, and I like that you call it an illness. No doubt it’s an illness we are all infected with by association.

  4. Shellie says:

    Thank you so much for this blog! I have been browsing it for the first time this afternoon. I really appreciate that you encourage women to accept and love themselves at whatever size they are WITHOUT bashing and demonizing thin women. I am about ten pounds under my ideal weight, and I have several health problems associated with my low weight. I was bullied as a teen for being so skinny and had to be homeschooled for a semester because I was too afraid to go to school. I am very self-conscious about my body, but find it difficult to gain weight, especially in a culture that encourages thinness at any price. It hurts when I see internet memes that say things like, “Meat is for men and bones are for dogs”(which I find both sexist and heterosexist)or “when did THIS (insert picture of very thin actress) become sexier than THIS (insert picture of Marilyn Monroe).” Women attacking other women is not going to solve this horrible body-image conundrum we have found ourselves in. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here!

  5. Lupe says:

    I absolutely love your site. I just found it and have been reading your posts and articles. I ran across it because one of the users on a site I use to count my calories mentioned it in a post. I was curious and as soon as I got to your site I LOVED it! Thank you so much for this. It is so refreshing to see that healthy BMI’s and curvy bodies are sexy and we don’t need to be what we see in the media. Although many of us women know that. It is still difficult not to have that mindset of wanting to be stick thin at any price. I especially liked this entry about Lizzie Miller and all the other beautiful celebrities who carry a little extra weight in comparison to most Hollywood stars. It is true that women are constantly battling weight issues whether they are under or over weight and websites like this that encourage one to be healthy and to love yourself are too far and few out there!

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