What Miley Cyrus Did Right — and 9 More Celeb Body Image Attitudes We Love

Love her or not, approve of her twerking or not, Miley Cyrus did one thing right besides make history with her MTV Video Music Awards performance: She displayed a level of body confidence most of us can’t muster. I mean, you do have to hand it to her for having the courage to get up on a stage and do her thing — body image issues were definitely not holding her back. How many of us would be able to rip off our clothes, baring nude-colored undergarments and proceed to dance and sing with the world dissecting our every move? With millions of people watching, not to mention the millions who will watch after the fact? These are the reasons I’m not in show business (besides my lack of twerking talent); I’d never be able to get up and do that and wait for the criticism to roll in!

So no matter what you think of the performance, Miley was unabashedly herself, and she worked the stage with confidence. She said afterward that she thinks people are overthinking it, saying, “I didn’t even think about it, ‘cause that’s just me.” Whether you like her just being herself or not, she’s certainly not apologizing for it. Call her crazy, but you certainly also have to call her confident — which brings me to my favorite celebrity confidence moments of all time.

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    Need a body image boost yourself? Click through for nine of my all-time favorite celeb body image moments!

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  • Lena Dunham 2 of 10
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    I haven't seen the show Girls, but it seems everywhere I look, Lena Dunham is getting attention (Note to self: Add to my Netflix queue, stat!). Much of that attention is on her acting skills and her critically acclaimed show, but additional attention seems to suggest that she is a body image icon. Nude scenes apparently happen often in the show, and in the October issue of Marie Claire, she attributes her body confidence to her parents and the sense that there are a "range of things that can be beautiful." She relates to the magazine that she remembers looking in the mirror as a kid and thinking, "'I'm just so beautiful. Everybody is so lucky that they get to look at me.' And of course that changes as you get older, but I may have held on to that little-kid feeling that was me alone in my bathroom." We say, keep rocking it Lena, and may we all keep that little-kid feeling as long as possible!

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  • Kate Middleton 3 of 10
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    Kate Middleton got applause from moms around the world when she exited the hospital the day after the birth of her baby in an adorable dress, without an attempt to hide her belly. Truth is, those bellies don't disappear overnight once the baby makes its exit. Kudos to Kate for letting it be known what a normal, glowing new mom looks like! What a relief.

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  • Jamie Lee Curtis 4 of 10
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    The fabulous Jamie Lee Curtis didn't hold back in 2002 when she bared her bod for More magazine. She was photographed in harsh lighting, in her undies, sans makeup and a professional hairdo. Wanting to assure other women who feel that they didn't "measure up," Curtis poked holes in what she called a fraud that she was perpetuating: that she had it all going on. Sure, she may not look the same at her then-43 as she did in her youth, but I think Jamie Lee Curtis really does have it going on, in spades!

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  • Lady Gaga 5 of 10
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    After being criticized for weight gain, Lady Gaga posted stripped-down images of herself on her website to get the conversation rolling about eating disorders. The singer, who captioned the photo "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15" made it known that she didn't look kindly upon body image criticism.

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  • Kirstie Alley 6 of 10
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    Hilarious actress Kirstie Alley is another who was criticized for weight gain, and after working to take off the pounds, she appeared on Oprah in just heels and a bikini to show off her weight-loss. Alley seemed to express some regret about the bikini moment later on Larry King Live, saying that she didn't expect video to take on a life of its own, but I say that Kirstie totally rocked her body and had the cheers of women everywhere (no pun intended).

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  • P!nk 7 of 10
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    When Pink headed out into public just five days after giving birth to her daughter, I did a total digital fist pump. She looked awesome, and not because she looked svelte and back to her "pre-baby body." She looked awesome because she looked like a proud new mama who had nothing to hide. It gave me reassurance that maybe those who walk the catwalks just weeks after giving birth are the total exception, not the norm. 

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  • Kristen Bell 8 of 10
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    With a new baby girl in her life, I love Kristen Bell's postpartum philosophy, which she shared in an interview with Redbook: "I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed, because that's just part of the journey of having a baby. I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size." What a refreshing point of view --- and she certainly seems like she means it!

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  • Christina Aguilera 9 of 10
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    Criticized for her weight gain, Christina Aguilera stood up for herself in an interview with Marie Claire. "I've been through my highs, I've been through my lows; I've been through the gamut of all things in this business. Being too thin. Being bigger. I've been criticized for being on both sides of the scale. It's noise I block out automatically. I love my body. My boyfriend loooves my body. My son is healthy and happy, so that's all that matters to me." She's now lost some weight, but I have a feeling it wasn't because of the "static."

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  • Candace Cameron Bure 10 of 10
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    Candace Cameron Bure, who played the lovable D.J. Tanner on the sitcom Full House recently posted an instagram picture of herself with fellow young Hollywood teens in the 90s. She mentioned the baggie clothes and healthy weight of the stars, and I had to smile at the memory of the 90s. To this day, "D.J. Tanner" is one of the best early pioneers of a healthy body weight and a healthy body image!

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