Taking on Critics

Everyone has struggled with their appearance. Whether it’s a bad hair day or weight or an annoying mole — we all have body image issues. Recently, singer Kelly Clarkson has come under scrutiny for her weight. Her response: “I’ve just never cared what people think. It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing,” she said. “And more so now, since having a family — I don’t seek out any other acceptance.”

Share this article about Kelly Clarkson’s response to criticism of her weight and talk with young adults about the importance of accepting the skin you’re in — and also stopping criticism of others.

  • Have you ever fallen into the trap of criticizing someone (celebrity, co-worker, others) about their appearance — even if it’s just in your head? What do you think drove you to that criticism?
  • What’s an example when you — or someone else — stood up to criticism, a la Kelly Clarkson? What was meaningful about that response?
  • What body image issues do you struggle with? How do you manage your self-critique in light of the fact that our faith communicates that we are all made in the image of God?
  • What are some healthy responses to your personal critique?