The Emmy Award-winning actor, Melissa McCarthy, has not only managed to make comedy look easy, but has also stayed at the top of her game. She has gone from playing numerous supporting roles on TV to becoming a leading lady in the movies. In addition, Melissa is everything a confident woman should be. She's funny, she's adorable, she's stylish and she speaks her mind! How could one not have a serious girl crush on her?
Despite being described as a 'female hippo' and 'tractor-sized', she chose to focus on her life instead. In a time where one's weight has become a vital and essential element of identity, she has successfully emerged as a leading force in conversation about body positivity.
On her 46th birthday, let us take a look quotes from her that taught us self-love.
“I've never felt like I needed to change. I've always thought, 'If you want someone different, pick someone else.'”
“My weight? It is what it is. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow. It is about being content. And sometimes, other priorities win.”
“We have to stop categorizing and judging women based on their bodies. We are teaching young girls to strive for attainable perfection instead of feeling healthy and happy in their own skins.”
“Even when someone gets looking like she should be proud of herself, instead she's like like, 'I could be another three pounds less; I could be a little taller and have bigger lips.' Where does it end? You just have to say, 'It's pretty damn good. I am right here at the moment and I'm OK with it. I've got other things to think about.'”
“Parts of my twenties, I was in great shape, but I didn't appreciate it. If I was a 6 or an 8, I thought, 'Why aren't I a 2 or a 4?' Now I feel like I have two great kids and the dreamiest husband on the planet, and everything else is just a work in progress.”
“With women, there's this constant weird cultural thing where we're always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another. Who wore it best? Whose butt's better? Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same?”
“There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that. It can't be the first question every time, or a question at all. It's like, Can you imagine them asking some of these guys I work with, 'How do you keep your butt looking so good?' It would be like, 'What are you talking about? Why are you asking about the shape of my butt?'”
“Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give my weight a single thought. But I am weirdly healthy, so I don't beat myself up about it.”
You are a true boss, Melissa! Happy birthday!