Nobody said the road to notoriety was a smooth one. For many celebrities, their starts in Hollywood were met by pressure from managers and agents, suggesting they alter the things that once defined them, in hopes of finding work.
With orders to either slim down, blend in or go under the knife, a number of standout stars simply refused to change, despite being told it could negatively impact their careers.
Just like Lady Gaga sings, these stars were “Born This Way” and are sticking to what their mamas gave ‘em.
Lea Michele tells <em>Allure</em> magazine that despite becoming the new face of L’Oreal, her looks didn’t always please everyone. “When I was 15… a manager said, 'You have to get a nose job in order for me to work with you,’ and my mother would say to me, ‘Barbra Streisand never got a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’”
Busy Philipps ignored orders to remove her trademark moles. She tells <em>New York Magazine</em>, "I had been told early on by a producer - this is no joke - that I should have all of my moles removed. And really, the thought is so f**king ludicrous. So I would have scars instead of black spots on my body?" She adds, "Now that I'm a wiser, older human, when I do photo shoots, I specifically say, 'Please do not airbrush my moles out.' Because they will do it, to make you homogenized."
Despite being told to slim down as a young model, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley didn’t oblige and as a result, ended up naturally losing the weight naturally as she matured. She tells Britain's <em>ELLE Magazine</em>, “I can’t remember a time where I really battled with my body, but I can remember being asked to lose weight and battling with the advice. It hurt me.”
Rosario Dawson has often been told she needs to lose weight, but the actress attributes her weight to her "big boobs," stating: “I would get told by my manager, ‘Rosario, you went into your audition with sweats today. If you want to wear a sweater, just make sure it’s tight.’ Because the casting directors would call her and say, ‘She’s great but the casting director needs to know if she’s slim.’ I’m like, ‘Dude, have you seen the photos I’ve done? You know what I look like.’”
Liv Tyler has said: “I’ve been told that if I lose weight I’d have more work, but I refuse to submit myself to Hollywood standards. To the rest of the world I am slim and I like the way I am.”
Jennifer Lopez once fired a manager for ordering her to lose weight: “I was just so infuriated that somebody said you couldn’t have a little extra meat on you – because I was by no means fat! That was so mean and closed-minded. I was like: ‘No, this is who I am and this is the type of woman that I grew up with and it was beautiful and there’s no reason to be anybody but myself.’”
She may have been nominated for an Academy Award for her role in "Precious," but that doesn't mean Gabourey Sidibe hasn’t been made to feel badly about her image. When Andy Cohen asked Sidibe in a live interview, "What celebrity were you most disappointed by when you finally met them?" Sidibe answered, “I met Joan Cusack, who is my favorite favorite -- I love her -- but, it was before I became [famous] or whatever. I was at some industry party, and she says, 'Are you an actress?' And I said, 'Yeah!' And she says, 'Oh honey, you should really quit the business, it's so image-conscious.'"
"It's so bizarre that people are constantly asking if my breasts are real or fake,' the curvaceous model-turned-actress told the <em>Daily Mail</em>. "They're so obviously real that anyone who's ever seen or touched a breast would know." And while women across the world are attempting to replicate Hendricks’ bust by going under the knife, she is adamant that she doesn’t condone it. "I hope I'm not encouraging that," she continued. "If there's anything to be learned from me, it's that I'm learning to celebrate what I was born with."
Gisele Bundchen was once told that her nose was "too big" for the rest of her face, and that she would never succeed as a model. Bundchen is now the highest paid model in the world (and has never gotten a nose job).
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