Body confidence quotes from celebrities, life coaches and psychologists to boost your self-esteem

Body confidence quotes can boost your self-esteem instantly. Here are the best ones

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Body confidence quotes on a bathroom mirror may seem like something out of a movie but they can really have you feeling better about yourself in just a few minutes. 

It takes years to build body confidence, but most of us find that it gets knocked fairly easily. Whether it's a well-intentioned-but-misplaced comment from a relative at a family gathering or a knockback in your dating life, having a little something to boost your self-esteem even temporarily can make a huge difference in times of need. 

If you're looking for how to be more confident in the long-term, or want some examples of how use positive body language to boost your self-esteem right now, these are the best body confidence quotes from celebrities, life coaches, psychologists, and more. 

Can reading body confidence quotes help boost your self-esteem?

Absolutely, says Samantha Quemby (opens in new tab), life coach and accredited NLP and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner. "Reading quotes can be a great first step to boosting our self-esteem. The brain is set up to have a negativity bias in order to look out for danger and keep us safe. However, if we take conscious control over the input that we focus on we can override that," she explains. 

"The more you read positive comments and quotes for confidence, the more you are supporting positive neural pathways and connections to be created that in turn support the beliefs you hold about yourself." 

In fact, research from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (opens in new tab) has shown that when we attach a new thought to an emotion, the neural connections wire together quickier and more powerfully. "When you are feeding your brain with uplifting quotes as well as changing how you feel within your body and yourself, you are allowing a greater chance of shifting your whole state of being which in turn increases your self-esteem," says Quemby. 

Want to get the most out of your body confidence quotes? "Reading a quote once and then never looking at it again isn't going to create much change," she suggests. "Your current thoughts feeding your low self-esteem will be greater and more automatic." 

Instead, she suggests doing the following with your favorite quotes: 

  • Put them as your phone background: "Your phone and computer background is a great way to display quotes so that every time you use either of these devices, you are putting that positive information at the forefront of your mind and reminding yourself of where to place your attention," she says. 
  • Set them as your alarm title: "Set alarms on your phone and add the quote as a label so that it flashes up. Every time the alarm goes off you can repeat the quote to yourself and boost your feelings of confidence within that moment."
  • Stick them to your bathroom mirror: "The times of day when our brains are most susceptible to accessing our subconscious are first thing in the morning and just before we go to sleep at night," Quemby explains. "Having some quotes on your bathroom and bedroom mirrors means you can use them to start and end your day on a positive note."

Body confidence quotes

Jennifer Lopez body confidence quotes

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  • “You’ve got to love yourself first. You’ve got to be OK on your own before you can be OK with somebody else. You’ve got to value yourself and know that you’re worth everything” - Jennifer Lopez
  • "The more you mature, you realise that these imperfections make you more beautiful." - Beyonce
  • “Nobody is perfect. I just don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, ‘This is who I am and look at me not being perfect’. I’m proud of that." - Kate Winslet
  • "What other people think of you is none of your business. Be confident in who you are and let the rest go." - Rachael Lloyd, eHarmony (opens in new tab)'s relationship expert.

Michelle Obama body positivity quotes

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  • “Being a healthy woman isn’t about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what maters - on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves." - Michelle Obama
  • “The minute you learn to love yourself you won’t want to be anyone else." - Rihanna
  • “We are all beautiful, amazing humans that are worthy of love, kindness whether that’s from ourselves or other people." - Ferne Cotton
  • "You will never have the exact body you would design, you probably don’t even know what that would look like, so start to love the body you have, whatever it looks like." - Robert Brennan (opens in new tab), leading hypnotherapist, NLP practitioner and coach.

Cindy Crawford body positivity quotes

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  • “I’ve always found that beauty and confidence are synonymous. If you feel confident, that’s what people see." - Cindy Crawford
  • “Don’t waste so much time thinking about how much you weigh. There is no more mind-numbing, boring, idiotic, self-destructive diversion from the fun of living” - Meryl Streep
  • “My body listens to me. Identify the weaknesses, shut them in a box, find your strengths, and run with them” - Priyanka Chopra
  • "Bodies are beautiful. We need to know this. Honour your body every day and take small steps to improve your self image by telling yourself positive statements." - Love coach and host of the Later Dater Podcast (opens in new tab), Lucy Cavendish.

Adele body positivity quote

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  • “Working out, I would just feel better. It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong." - Adele
  • “It only took 45 years to find myself. Right where I am supposed to be. And it’s not perfect. But it’s me." - Drew Barrymore
  • “I choose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone." - Selena Gomez
  • "Take that inner critic along with you to the changing room or beach. Tell it to take a seat because you are doing some thing for you." - Dr Tara Quinn-Cirillo (opens in new tab), psychologist and founder of the Conversation Starter Project.

Rebel Wilson body positivity quotes

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  • "Rather than step on the scale, look at yourself in the mirror and be like “dammmm girrrrrl…you’re smart and talented and accomplished and perfect just the way you are." - Rebel Wilson
  • “Constantly worrying about your reflection and criticising your body, shape and size is an act of violence against yourself” - Emma Thompson
  • "When we do the inner healing work and reclaim our calm and confidence, it is possible to rise into the fierce love, life and business you dreamed of." - Juliette Mullen, aka. the Rising Fierce Life Coach (opens in new tab).

Carol Vorderman body positivity quotes

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  • “Turning 50 changed me and I’m far more accepting of myself. I’m not thin…I go in at the middle and very much out at the bottom and top. And now I think, ‘Well that’s how I am’." - Carole Vorderman
  • “How attractive you are is entirely based on how you feel about yourself." - Davina McCall
  • Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise).” - Anne Hathaway
  • "Let go of anything that doesn’t fit, flatter and make you feel fabulous!" - Juliet Landau-Pope (opens in new tab), life coach.

Priyanka Chopra body positivity quotes

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  • People call me arrogant. I call it self-assurance I am who I am…you like it great. You don’t like it - I don’t care." - Priyanka Chopra
  • “I’ve learned to love me. I’ve been like this my whole life and I embrace me. I love how I look. I am a full woman and I’m strong, and I’m powerful, and I’m beautiful at the same time." - Serena Williams
  • "I hated my legs for years. I wanted Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman legs and had short muscular ones. Then I discovered that those longed for legs weren’t hers either, but belong to a professional dancer called Shelley Michelle! Now rather than long for something I don't have, I focus and celebrate what I do." - Jules Wyman (opens in new tab), confidence coach and speaker.

Ashley Graham body positivity quotes

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  • “Someone once told me my thighs were ‘cellulite city’. But I now realise these thighs tell a story of victory and courage…I will not let others dictate what they think my body should look like for their own comfort, and neither should you.” - Ashley Graham
  • "You can wear your body well if you've got confidence." - Davina McCall
  • “Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgement of others." - Lady Gaga
  • "Body confidence is a journey, not a destination. Some days are gonna feel good, some days are going to feel worse." - Zoe Mallett (opens in new tab), accredited coach, culture consultant and host. 

Gloria Steinem body positivity quotes

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  • "Each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on its own terms." - Gloria Steinem
  • “I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world." - Beyonce
  • “I’m so happy with my body because now I know what it can do…Stretch marks and all, here I am." - Rochelle Humes
  • "Confidence is about looking at the qualities that you possess rather than focusing on what you feel you might lack." - Judith Quin, founder of Your Whole Voice (opens in new tab).

Sandra Bullock body confidence quotes

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  • “You have all the things you need to be beautiful…When you learn to appreciate and love everything in you, that’s when you’ll be most beautiful." - Sandra Bullock
  • “You really are good enough. Look at your achievements. You have done the most incredible things. It is good to be ambitious but give yourself a break and a little pat on the back, because we have done amazing things." - Mel C. 
  • “It’s not about being a certain size or bodyweight or anything…It’s just about loving the journey that you’re on." - Rebel Wilson
  • “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 anything or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That’s the stuff of champions." - Lady Gaga
Grace Walsh
Grace Walsh

A digital health journalist with over five years experience writing and editing for UK publications, Grace has covered the world of health and wellbeing extensively for Cosmopolitan, The i Paper and more.


She started her career writing about the complexities of sex and relationships, before combining personal hobbies with professional and writing about fitness. Everything from the best protein powder to sleep technology, the latest health trend to nutrition essentials, Grace has a huge spectrum of interests in the wellness sphere. Having reported on the coronavirus pandemic since the very first swab, she now also counts public health among them.

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