Dove Cameron Claps Back at Critics Over Braless Selfies

The actress had a few words for her followers

By Elyse Dupre Aug 15, 2019 8:52 PMTags
Dove CameronInstagram

Haters, take note: Don't mess with Dove Cameron.

The 23-year-old actress stood up to her critics this week after being judged for sharing braless selfies. 

It all started on Wednesday when the Descendants star posted a photo of herself in which followers could see her nipples through her white tank top.

"Women HAVE a history that has been systematically suppressed," she captioned the image. "Our collective spirituality has largely been tainted to fit the needs of men and those in power. This has a profound effect on the self-esteem of girls and the women they become. This influence can be seen in their life choices, partners and financial security for the rest of their lives. It also has an effect on the way their future partners will view them—and ultimately treat them. Our girls deserve better. The time to introduce feminism and woman-centered spirituality to ALL children is now." 

She then shared a similar photo along with a quote about this being the "age of the ascendant Feminine Principle."

"In such times as these, women are able to look at themselves with new concepts of value and brilliance," the quote read. "However, you inhabit and express being Woman, embrace yourself in that way today!"

Dove Cameron & More Disney Stars Answer Burning Questions

Some people were inspired by her message. 

"Feeling empowered w/ no bra on rn bc of this," one follower wrote. 

"Take ur f--king bra off if you want," the actress replied. "Don't hide your natural body. People are weird. Just because it's the 'the norm' now to be ashamed of nipples or your period doesn't mean they are actually bad or embarrassing??? Women's bodies are the literal coolest. Anyone who tells you to hide it slut-shames you or puts you down because of your gender can f--k RIGHT off. And I would say we should sit and explain it to them, but really, who has the time? Enjoy your life and empower others."

However, not everyone felt this way.

"How is wearing a shirt showing your nipples being a role model?" one commenter wrote. "I am a parent, my daughter and I have been huge fans of yours, but I don't see this as inspirational to my daughter's growth at all."

"Wear a bra," wrote another follower.

Still, the celeb defended herself and her supporters.

"This is being a role model," she wrote in response to a separate commenter. "This is exactly being a role model."

Others, however, didn't understand why these posts were getting so much attention in the first place.

"I just don't understand how people find this empowering or inspiring," wrote one commenter. "Like, she's not wearing a bra, it's really not that [deep]."

"I agree with you in the sense that it is not that deep. Or groundbreaking whatsoever. Or anything really to talk about," Cameron replied. "But it's only a big deal because this society is so beyond backwards that they have demonized basic anatomy and are very! up ! in arms! about female bodily freedom. They're confused and loud about it. So, technically, it's not a big deal and it shouldn't be, and the idea behind posting something like this is to normalize it. Because a lot of girls feel confused about their bodies and what it means to be a woman (in a surface way, on this specific subject, about sexuality and men and who their body belongs to bc of long-lasting systemic repression). So, it's cool to be like, it's whatever. Embrace yourself. Don't hide, if you wanna, and wear a bra, if you wanna. But don't hide to avoid the backlash. Because you don't deserve to have a--holes giving you s--t about Your Body." 

Cameron isn't the only celeb who's stood up to social media critics. To see other stars who've clapped back after being criticized about their body, see the gallery below:

Bebe Rexha

After receiving body-shaming comments, the "I"m Good" singer clapped back at the critics and explained why she's tired of receiving criticism over her appearance. "I know I got fat," she captioned her June 23 tweet. "I'm just so sick of people talking about it. NEXT!!!!!!"

In a separate post, the 33-year-old added, "Human beings go through weight fluctuations," she continued, "it's life and you don't know what people are going through. Meds, disease, etc..."

Rumer Willis

After some critics accused the House Bunny actress of looking too skinny in an Instagram photo, the star fired back, writing, "I know I don't need to do this but in an effort to spread some awareness and shed some light on body shaming tactics i felt the need to share. After the barrage of some really inappropriate comments left on my pic I posted yesterday I was left really bummed cause I was really enjoying the silly pics I took. It was a weird angle that even made me feel life I looked smaller than I do in real life. But regardless even though you may think it's your job or even your right to leave unfiltered thoughts or judgements about my body for me and others to read... it's not."

"Coming for me in my comments and telling me how I'm too skinny or I need to eat is absolutely not helpful and extremely body shaming," she continued."Body shaming of any kind is something I will not stand for."

More than a week later, she shared a photo of herself sunbathing in a bikini, writing, "For the haters….with love and gratitude kindly [kiss emoji] my [peach emoji], I'll keep smiling regardless [peace sign emoji]."


Natalie Portman

In February 2021, the actress was the target of public pregnancy speculation, based on online photos of her wearing a dark blue tank top on set in Australia. She called out the news outlet that posted them in a rare Instagram Story post, writing, "Hey, so I'm totally not pregnant...but apparently, it's still OK in 2021 for anyone to speculate and comment on a woman's body shape whenever they want? Do better @nypost."

Christina Anstead

The Flip or Flop star spoke out after online trolls kept judging her appearance on social media. "People are commenting that I look really skinny or that I need to eat," she said on an Instagram Story video on Friday, Feb. 7. "This is actually the weight I've always weighed... You guys have just watched me have babies and then go back to my original weight. So don't worry, everything's fine."

Meghan King Edmonds

Following her split from Jim Edmonds, the former Bravo star asked fans to stop leaving messages about her figure. "'Eat a burger.' That's what they say. I'll be real with you: I'm too thin," she shared on Instagram in December 2019. "But please, I deserve some grace. I am doing the damn thing with all of the dignity I can muster as I put my kiddos before anything else."

Celine Dion

After being called "too skinny," the legendary singer addressed the negative comments, telling Entertainment Tonight, "Is there anything wrong about my body? I've always been very thin. I do ballet. I do a lot of stretching and I work out because it helps my mind, body and soul."

"If you don't want to be criticized, you are in the wrong place. I take what's good for me. I leave behind what is not good for me," she explained. "I let my management take care of that, and if it hurts anyone, they will take care of that. And I need to focus on what's right for me, how I feel and, last but not least, you can't please everybody."


In June 2020, the "Good as Hell" singer had a message for body shamers. "Hey, so I've been working out consistently for the last five years, and it may come as a surprise to some of y'all that I'm not working out to have your ideal body type," she said in a TikTok video. "I'm working out to have my ideal body type, and you know what type that is? None of your f--king business, because I am beautiful, I am strong, I do my job and I stay on my job."

Demi Lovato

The "Confident" singer has always been open about speaking against body shamers. She told Glamour in 2016, "If somebody calls me fat, even in a vulnerable moment, I laugh to myself and think, I'm doing everything I can, so there's nothing I can do about it." She added, "I don't have a six-pack. Maybe I don't even want a six-pack. It doesn't sound very appealing."

Wendy Williams

In July 2018, Bow Wow shared a picture of the TV star wearing a black bikini on social media. He then commented, "They say it's a hot girl summer." The host then subtly responded to the body-shaming on her show. "Please refrain from your body shame," she responded. "You don't have to like it, but someone does." Her audience then burst into applause.

Halle Berry

After the Oscar winner shared a naked photo of herself online, one commenter criticized her post in a since-deleted tweet, "Imagine being in your 50s, still posting nudes for attention in menopause when you should be chilling with the grandkids. Aging with dignity is no longer a thing."

Halle then clapped back with a cheeky response, "Did you guys know the heart of a shrimp is located in its head?" 

Camila Cabello

The "Señorita" star previously took to Instagram Stories to send a message to her haters. "I haven't gone on social media AT ALL with the conscious intention of avoiding things that hurt my feelings," she began her lengthy post. "My eyes accidentally ran over a head line of people 'body shaming me.' Honestly, first thing I felt was super insecure over just IMAGINING what these pictures must look like, oh no! My cellulite! Oh no! I didn't suck in my stomach! But then I was like...of course there are bad pictures, of course there are bad angles, my body's not made of f--king rock, or all muscles, for that matter. But the saddest part of young girls growing up in an airbrushed world is they're seeking a perfection that's not real. I'm writing this for girls like my little sister who are growing up on social media. They're constantly seeing photoshopped, edited pictures and thinking that's reality and everyone's eyes get used to seeing airbrushed skin, and suddenly they think THAT'S norm. It isn't. It's fake. AND FAKE IS BECOMING THE NEW REAL. We have a completely unrealistic view of a woman's body. Girls, cellulite is normal. fat is normal. It's beautiful and natural. I won't buy into the bulls--t today!!!!  Not today satan and I hope you don't either."

Bebe Rexha

In May 2019, the singer posted a video of herself performing at Hangout Music Festival in a black leotard. After seeing the video, a social media user tweeted, "Okay don't mean to disrespect but aint too thiccccck!?? I mean never saw her like that BEFORE!! from the song with other two country dudes!!" However, the pop star quickly clapped back, replying, "I gained weight get over it."

She also called out the fashion industry after she claimed several designers refused to dress her for the Grammys because of her size. "Empower women to love their bodies instead of making girls and women feel less then [sic] by their size," she shared on Instagram in January 2019. "We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 ass is still going to the Grammys. #LOVEYOURBODY."

Grant Gustin

In August 2018, The Flash star was photographed in his superhero suit. And while what should've been a shining moment, soon turned into fans making hurtful comments about the actor's body. He addressed the comments on Instagram.

"So here's the thing about this bulls--t photo leak," Gustin wrote. "It's a cool suit. There's a terrible photo that I was unaware was being taken, much less being posted. Some things need work and they will be worked on. We'll get there. As far as the body shaming. That's what pisses me off. Not even just for my sake. I've had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents that I was too thin. But there's a double standard where it's OK to talk s--t about a dude's body. I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can throughout these seasons. I'm naturally thin, and my appetite is greatly affected by stress. Stress is something that ebbs and flows for me throughout a season. Thus, gaining weight is a challenge for me... I went to an audition for a role I never dreamed I'd actually book. But, here I am 5 seasons later. I'm happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way. Not only that, but they should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on TV or film or whatever it may be some day. I love the suit that has been designed for me, and I think when everyone sees it in its entirety, you will love it too. Things have been adjusted since that leaked shot was taken, and more things will continue to be adjusted until it feels right."

Ayesha Curry

The celeb previously posted a picture of her family celebrating after her husband Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors teammates beat the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals. In the photo, the star can be seen holding her son Canon. A follower then asked, "Are you pregnant again?"

"Absolutely not LOL," she replied at the time. "My 30 lb son is just breaking my back in every photo."

Another commenter then wrote, "If that kid is 30lbs he's got some serious health issues going on." The cookbook author shut the shamer down, saying, "Excuse you? No. Just no."

Jana Kramer

Just a week after she welcomed her baby, the podcast host took to Instagram to send a message to her followers.

"A few things because honestly I'm so frustrated and I need to vent this," she wrote in December 2018. "I wanted to post this photo (showing my stomach) because I wanted to show my journey back to healthy and my goodness I'm so glad I didn't which is why this photo is now cropped. It's amazing the comments and how rude some people can be from my last photo I took yesterday. A few things, no I didn't get a tummy tuck, no I don't have a personal chef, no I don't have fortunes so I didn't train everyday. Yes I had a c section, yes I am still in pain and on meds but I do have a high pain tolerance. I have had 3 stomach surgeries before this (appendix, gallbladder, and c section).. In that photo I had a belly bandit wrapped tightly, and high waisted pants and wow here I am defending myself. Why?!? If I would have posted the photo of my actual stomach in this photo I would have probably been shamed too even when I was wanting to be vulnerable with my journey. Why do we women have to compare ourselves to each other and then shame? I say this to myself as much as I say this to y'all...why can't it be that we are all different. Our bodies are all beautiful and crafted differently, they heal different, they react different, they simply look different. Why do we need to shame someone for not looking a certain way? Or feel bad about ourselves for looking a certain way? Can we be kinder to ourselves and know that every women has a different journey but yet we are all beautiful? Can we lift women up but not tear yourself down in the process with comparing? Let's give that a try.....I love y'all. Back to my baby."

Candace Cameron-Bure

Back in April 2018, the Fuller House star shared a picture of herself enjoying a dinner with her son Lev Bure. A troll then commented, "All that [exercising], and you still look like you weigh more than your husband, did you change your diet?"

However, the actress was quick to shut down the hater. "If a 25 inch waist looks big to you…then you're looking through an altered lens. Be well," she replied.

Clearly, they don't have any time for negativity.