Do you know about Amber Riley? Yeah, yeah, she’s an amazing singer and successful actress on Glee. But do you know what an awesome role model she is for all of us that want a little more body confidence?
We rounded up some of Riley’s best body love comments, in case you needed an extra shot of size acceptance today.
1) “I dislike my gut, but who wouldn’t want ripped abs?” Riley told People magazine in 2010. “I love my breasts, my face, my butt…I love myself.”
The takeaway: You don’t have to love every part of your body to have body confidence and work towards acceptance.
2) “I’m not going to conform, and hurt myself, and do something crazy to be a size 2,” Riley told MTV. “My parents always instilled knowing that you’re beautiful, that you’re fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you know who you are.”
The takeaway: Your parents may not have given you the same lessons, but it’s never too late to learn how to accept and (maybe even) appreciate your size and shape.
3) “‘I’ve always been comfortable with my size. I just decided it was time to get healthy,” Riley told People magazine after dropping a few pounds.
The takeaway: Even if you are trying to lose weight, there are ways to honor the body you have.
4) “I never wanted to play a character that hated herself. I wanted people to know that those aren’t the only roles for people like me, normal girls,” Riley said on MTV’s “This Is How I Made It.”
The takeaway: Society assigns us roles based on how we look and our body size, but we don’t have to accept them.