4 Celebrities Who’ve Given The Middle Finger To Modern Beauty Standards

Forget the polished and preened, selfie-obsessed life of the A-list. These celebs are having none of it.

Sophia Bush

Sophia Bush

Sophia wasn’t always the super sassy and confident woman that she is now. Oh no, she once ‘fessed that during her time as One Tree Hill’s Brooke Davis, she suffered panic attacks from feeling confined by the stereotypical cheerleader persona.

A lot’s changed since then though and Sophia now uses social media to promote a positive attitude to beauty. One of our fave Sophia quotes? “Beauty has nothing to do with the size you wear. It has to do with what’s in your heart.”

Emma Stone


Emma won our hearts when she shut down a journalist who told her “You look beautiful as always” by replying “Oh thank you, that’s all that matters!” Ouch.

Thanks to her pale skin, and refusal to use fake tan, she’s an excellent source of natural beauty inspiration too.

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

“Daily life shouldn’t be a fashion show.” Yep, the ultimate, preened socialite, Gossip Girl’s Blair Waldorf, said this. But this Manhattan Queen is all Chaneled out and has turned indie musician, introducing an edgier side of her we knew nothing about.

Our favourite piece of Leighton wisdom? “Even when people are so judgmental about what you wear or your weight you just have to take a step away and be like, ‘I’m a normal, fine human being.” True words.


Madonna Arm pit hair

Madge has had more transformations than we’ve had shopping trips down Penneys. Always ahead of the curve, her latest ‘eff you’ to modern beauty standards, was proudly sporting some serious arm pit hair. As for those haters who say she dresses too young? She shut them down with a single tweet: “I hope you are as fun loving and adventurous as me when you’re my age!” Go Madge!

By Rachel Muckley