In an age where social media is often bombarding us with unrealistic body ideals, it’s easy to feel insecure and uncomfortable in our bodies. We look at models and celebrities and assume that because of their money and success, they do not feel the insecurities we may feel. However, no amount of resources or money can completely take away how a celebrity may or may not feel about their body. Many celebrities are open with their insecurities, and choose to share their stories through writing. We’ve compiled our roundup of new Hollywood body positivity and body image reads to pick up this Spring 2017.
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Known as “Gabby” to her fans, Gabourey Sidibe is famous for her role on Empire and in the acclaimed film, Precious. In her upcoming memoir, she shares stories about her childhood in Harlem, her first job as a phone sex operator,and her unconventional rise to fame. Though she is an incredibly successful actress, her work often gets overshadowed by the amount of attention the media puts on her weight. Her book tackles her self-realizations and will resonate with anyone who has ever felt different, or perhaps struggled to embrace their body type.
A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like by Ashley Graham, HarperCollins: Ashley Graham has been making waves in the modelling world as she defies body stereotypes. In her collection of essays, the bombshell shares her perspective on how ideas around body image are shifting. As a plus-sized model, Graham discusses her journey to achieving her dreams, while accepting her size.
Whoa Baby! A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (And Wonder What the #*$ Just Happened) by Kelly Rowland, Da Capo Press: If you’re a new mom and a Destiny’s Child fan, you may want to keep an eye out for Kelly Rowland’s new book. Rowland partners with Dr. Tristan Bickman to answer questions new moms may be having about their bodies and what to expect post-pregnancy. A mom to a young son herself,, Rowland says the purpose of Whoa Baby! is to comfort mothers and educate them on what is going on with their bodies.