10+ Celebrity Women Who Stood Up For Themselves Against The Media

In order to make it as an actress in Hollywood, you have to have thick skin. Being scrutinized in the media comes with the territory, and if you aren't careful — it can become all-consuming.

But then there are those times when staying silent simply won't cut it. Have a look at these 10+ celebrity women who stood up for themselves against the media and made their voices heard.


Kesha has been involved in a nearly decade-long legal battle with her record label and former producer, Dr. Luke.

The pop star has alleged for years that she was the victim of severe mental abuse, as well as sexual assault.

Emma Watson

Emma doesn't just stand up for herself, she's taking a stand for women and young girls all around the globe.

The renowned Harry Potter actress is a vocal advocate for gender equality and has been made a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

Jennifer Lawrence

Media outlets were quick to begin slut-shaming Jennifer Lawrence after nude photos were leaked during a mass celebrity hack.

She called the attack a disgusting sexual violation. As Jenn explains, she has as much right to privacy as the next person.

America Ferrera

After the Wal-Mart shooting in El Paso back in 2019, the Trump administration began working on legislation that would allow them to deny green card applications.

America Ferrera and several other Latina celebrities came together to make their voice heard, as well as stand up for the Latin American community.

Priyanka Chopra

During a red carpet chat with Access Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra was eager to share her opinions on the state of the women's movement in Hollywood.

Priyanka said she's filled with pride seeing women standing together, and made sure to note that stifling or silencing women will not be tolerated any longer.


When Giuliana Rancic saw a photo of Zendaya in dreadlocks, she remarked how the then 15-year-old girl must smell like marijuana or patchouli.

Zendaya clapped back and was quick to call out the Fashion Police co-host for her ignorant and racist comment.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington spoke up about the lack of diversity and representation at the Academy Awards — specifically the lack of women.

The star of Little Fires Everywhere said that she's excited to keep fighting the good fight; that nothing is more important than everyone having an equal voice.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham has no patience for men who objectify and demean womens' bodies.

During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Lena called out Daniel Tosh for making a vulgar comment about her breasts.The Girls creator called Tosh the most misogynistic person in Hollywood.

Patricia Arquette

During her speech at the Oscars, Patricia took the time to make a steadfast plea to fix the wage inequality in America.

She went on to say that women have been forced to pay a gender tax for generations and that enough is enough.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt has been vocal about the toxic mummy cult that she believes is putting undue and unnecessary pressure on new mothers.

"I think it sort of makes women feel that they have to be a bit defensive about the choices that they make," Emily said to the BBC.

Taylor Swift

While giving an interview at The Grammys, an ET correspondent 'joked' that Taylor wasn't going home with just an award — but with a man as well.

Taylor didn't think the sexist comment was funny and made sure to point out that she'd be going home alone to her cats.


After the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Dept., Beyoncé took a stand for herself and for all Black people living in America.

The iconic pop star urged her followers to get involved and educate themselves on the history of racial inequality in America.

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd has spoken candidly about her sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. Over the years, Ashley was vilified by the media yet she never relented.

The celebrated actress helped to propel the #MeToo Movement forward, giving a voice to millions of women around the world.

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey has come under attack on more than one occasion for her overtly girlie persona. During an interview with Glamour, the New Girl star said "I'm just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. "

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is fed up with constantly being asked the same questions over and over again.

The former Friends star stresses how a woman doesn't need a baby, nor a mate in order to feel complete or valued in life.