Real Beach Bodies! 20 Celebrities of All Ages and Sizes (GALLERY)
"Women are starting to look within to feel good about themselves," body image expert Christy Whitman explains to Celebuzz.
"They are learning to love themselves for who they are."
The startling revelation sent a powerful message to critics who had scrutinized her apparent weight gain.
Then, last week, the "Poker Face" singer posted another photo of herself sunbathing in a bikini on the Puerto Rico leg of her worldwide "Born This Way Ball" tour.
Her blatant confidence and comfort in a bikini is proof positive that she is comfortable in her own skin.
And she's not alone, explains Whitman.
The X Factor judge Demi Lovato is another outspoken starlet who has battled her own body image issues to become a voice for young women.
Today, Lovato is an poster child of the real beach bodies cause and has, like a cavalcade of other celebrities, reminded us that "curves are sexy," according to Whitman.
The new movement to accept imperfections and all "is coming from self-love and self-acceptance," Whitman suggests.
What do you think about these real celebrity bodies? Flick through the gallery above for more star bikini bodies -- of all ages and sizes!