Everything from natural hair, to full curves, to dark skin and beyond, these beauties are all about embracing their natural beauty, and we’re taking a page from their book.
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Natural hair: Solange Knowles
There is a lot of pressure on Black women, in particular, to straighten their kinky, coily, or curly hair, or to wear wigs and extensions. When Black stars rock their gorgeous curls in their natural state, they’re embracing their natural beauty and telling others it’s okay to do the same. Soulful singer Solange Knowles’s stylish afro shows off how beautiful curly hair can be!
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Natural hair: Tracee Ellis Ross
From Girlfriends to Black-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross has been a trailblazer for naturally curly hair on television. From updos to braids and twist-outs, the actor has been outspoken about the fact that her hair is a part of who she is, and is non-negotiable when it comes to acting roles.
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Natural hair: Uzo Aduba
Best known for a role that had her sporting bantu knots, it’s no surprise that Orange Is The New Black’s Uzo Aduba sports her natural hair in real life, too. As an added bonus, this natural beauty also has teeth with character.
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Curves: Ashley Graham
Plus size model Ashley Graham has skyrocketed to mainstream fame, appearing on Fashion Week catwalks and even collaborating on her own collections. Graham embraces her naturally curvy figure — tummy, cellulite, and all!
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Curves: Gabourey Sidibe
Oscar-nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe has been plus size since her role in Precious skyrocketed her to fame. The star’s Instagram posts show her going to the gym and working on her health, showing that you can, in fact, be plus size and healthy.
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Curves: Chrissy Metz
Chrissy Metz, of This Is Us fame, rocks her curves in a variety of eye-catching outfits on red carpets. She is unafraid of colour, patterns, and structured, voluminous dresses, showing that plus size women can be bold and adventurous in their fashion choices too.
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Curves: Beyonce Knowles
There’s no doubt, Beyonce is the queen of curves. She’s a trailblazer for bootylicious women all over the world.
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Curves: Christina Hendricks
Known as buxom Joan in the hit show Mad Men, Christina has an archetypal Marilyn Monroe figure. Not falling victim to today’s skinny standards, Christina wears clothing that shows off her curvy physique.
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Curves: Kim Kardashian
Kim’s voluptuous bombshell figure is highly desired by men and awe-inspiring to women. Her body type (wider hips, bigger bottom and ample bosom) is still not all that common in Hollywood, but she not only accepts her body, she flaunts it.
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Dark skin: Lupita Nyong’o
People with dark skin are often left out – of foundation shade ranges, movies, and advertising. Actor Lupita Nyong’o breaks down barriers of representation by appearing in movies and high-end makeup ads, showing that dark skin is beautiful too. She also rocks her gorgeous natural hair, showing that short afro styles are gorgeous and versatile.
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Dark skin: Viola Davis
Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis’s rich complexion is always radiant and beautiful. She never hesitates to showcase a variety of makeup (and makeup-free) looks, showing how many ways dark skin can be beautiful.
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Dark skin: Khoudia Diop
Khoudia Diop went from being teased for her skin tone, to flaunting it as a model on the catwalk. The stunning model is not only Instagram-famous, but has been featured in campaigns for Make Up For Ever’s inclusive range of foundations.
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Teeth with character: Anna Paquin
True Blood star Anna Paquin has a substantial gap between her two front teeth giving her an edge that a lot of other actors just don’t have. We love her unique look, and the fact that she has no plans to "fix" her teeth.
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Teeth with character: Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Dunst loves her crooked teeth; she thinks her “snaggle fangs” give her character and that having character is sexy. We think so too Kirsten and we're pretty sure all of your fans would agree.
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Teeth with character: Madonna
The Material Girl may be "Borderline" obsessed with controversy and working out, but one thing she hasn’t overdone is her teeth. The signature gap in her front teeth gives her that famous cheeky smile.
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Against retouching: Lili Reinhart
Lili Reinhart is undoubtedly a natural beauty. The Riverdale actress has spoken out against extreme retouching after her body shape was dramatically altered on the cover of a popular magazine.
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Against retouching: Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is very outspoken about her discomfort with Photoshop. She even goes so far as to ask for her airbrushed face to be returned to normal in movie posters and magazine covers. She said (in reference to a highly airbrushed GQ cover she was on), “I do not look like that and, more importantly, I don't desire to look like that.”
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Against retouching: Keira Knightly
Keira Knightly was given a digital boob job in the publicity shots for her 2004 film King Arthur. She called it right away saying, “…those things certainly weren’t mine.” It’s no secret Keira is not particularly full up top, so good for her for making it known.
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Aging gracefully: Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie made headlines years ago when she posed for a magazine spread half-naked and sans makeup, without any photoshop. She wasn't trying to cover anything then and isn't now, least of all her crow’s feet, smile lines or grey hair. She looks pretty kick-ass to us.
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Aging gracefully: Helen Mirren
Talk about aging gracefully! Helen looks real and is absolutely stunning! She hasn’t gone crazy for plastic surgery and isn’t trying to hide the fact that she is in her late 60s. We only hope we look this good when we're her age.