7 Celebs Who Have Made Statements Against Slut-Shaming

Slut-shaming is still a very pervasive and prominent issue in society today. Who hasn't heard words like "slut" used against women to devalue them? Who hasn't heard phrases like "she was asking for it" in regard to women who were victims of sexual violence? When a study is released with the findings that young women are more likely to lose friends after experiencing sexual intercourse than their male peers, it is only further confirmation that there is a serious problem. But thankfully, influential public figures are not being silent anymore. Some of your favorite celebrities have spoken out against slut-shaming.

Celebrities have a much larger platform than the average person, so when they speak out on an issue, a bigger audience is more likely to listen to them. Of course, this does not mean everyone will agree with them. But there is a better chance that people will at least acknowledge the message and take the words into consideration.

It is worth applauding the celebs below for opening up to the public, especially because they could be shamed for even dating to speak up. Read on to find out which celebrities have spoken out against slut-shaming and thankfully weren't afraid to do so.

1 & 2. Amber Rose & Blac Chyna

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The friends made a very public statement against slut-shaming on the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet this year. Dressed in full-length outfits adorned with misogynistic and sexist insults, it was nearly impossible to look away from the message that there is a person on the receiving end of those insults.

3. Ariana Grande

The pop singer made her views on slut-shaming (among other things) crystal clear with a short Instagram video. Though here wave is obviously a dismissive gesture, the "Break Free" performer still kept it classy!

4. Amy Schumer

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Ever the steadfast feminist, the comedian took on slut-shaming as the title for an entire episode of her show, Inside Amy Schumer, criticizing media pressure on women and women's tendency to one-up each other. It was equally smart as it was funny!

5. Miley Cyrus

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Ever the open book on decrying sexism, Cyrus pointed out slut-shaming in music that can be related to things that aren't even explicitly about sex to begin with. She told Marie Claire, "There is so much sexism, ageism, you name it. Kendrick Lamar sings about LSD and he's cool. I do it and I'm a druggie whore."

6. Nicki Minaj

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Minaj was not afraid to fire back at critics who thought her "Anaconda" cover and music video were too risqué. She told Billboard, "I went overboard with the video to show that I'm not going to hide. And those big-booty dancers I have, they're not going to hide. Black girls should feel sexy, powerful and important too."

The rapper also reportedly donated $5K to Amber Rose's Slut Walk, a foundation that supports "women who have been subject to slut shaming, a lack of implication of double standards, sexual assault, and even rape," according to its statement.

7. Beyoncé

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Who can forget Queen Bey adding a snippet from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's speech "We Should All Be Feminists" in her song "***Flawless"? One line that sticks out is, "We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are."

Clearly, celebrities out there are not being shy about taking a stand. Perhaps this has to do with the larger celebrity feminist movement in the last couple of years. Maybe these stars are simply fed up with experiencing this form of sexism. But whatever the reason, it is worth cheering them on in this fight. Because it is one worth taking on.