Love yourself and you’re set
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.com Lady Gaga’s elaborate and exhilarating halftime performance at the 2017 Super Bowl left millions—117.5 million to be exact!—in absolute awe of her incredible talent. Unfortunately, it also left a small percentage of people with the need to throw shame her way for her appearance. The “Million Reasons” singer responded with grace and positivity. In an Instagram post shortly after, she wrote “I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions. thank you so much everyone for supporting me. I love you guys. Xoxo, gaga.” We love these 30 tricks for instantly boosting your self-confidence.
Find your strength
Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.com After Kelly Roberts’ brother died from acute alcohol poisoning when she was 16 years old, she started to put on weight. She took to running to help her shed the extra pounds. To track her journey and motivate others, she started her blog Run, Selfie, Repeat, as well as several movements, one of them the #SportsBraSquad, which involved her wearing just a sports bra as a top during her runs. This helped her feel more confident in her body and Roberts truly thought that was all that mattered, until one hater decided to share his particularly cruel opinion. In an email, he wrote, “Fatness is (when not genetic) a symptom of the excesses of modernized, industrialized society and not something to flaunt.” Her response shut him up for good. “Once upon a time, your words would have cut me like Valyrian steel. Today? They remind me how important it is to change the way we see strength. Because what you call fat, I know can run a marathon in 3 hours in 41 minutes. I hope one day you can obtain the strength I’ve worked tirelessly for. Until then, know that I will spend the rest of my life empowering the women you hope to shame.” Find out science-backed tricks to boosting your self-confidence.