An All Saints and Home and Away alum, this Australian actress, comedienne, author and podcast host has more recently featured on Netflix dramedy The Letdown. You may also know her from Instagram, where her 'Celeste Barber Challenge' – which sees her recreate contrived portraits of celebrities and models with a healthy dash of realism – has amassed her nearly seven million followers.
Not exactly the unrealistic standards of beauty perpetuated by the media. At least, this was never the point of the Celeste Barber Challenge. "I never started out for it to be a body positivity thing," she said of the project's genesis. "It was always just like, this is how celebrities get out of pools [and conversely], this is how I get out of the pool."
She's funny. And amid the earnestly curated images of toned, tanned bodies contorted into skeleton-defying yoga poses or just plain weird compositions (Kim Kardashian wearing fishnets in a dirt pit, anyone?), who wouldn't find that refreshing? But perhaps more importantly, she's a do-er, and having previously quipped about running for prime minister ("Well, it turns out any numpty can do it, so why not?") we want to see what she does next.
She made her name as a Sports Illustrated model and has since carved out a respectable career as a cookbook author and occasional TV host. She also happens to be married to EGOT-winning singer/songwriter John Legend. His is a hard act to beat, but for her refusal to play by the rules of the internet (feeding the trolls is a favourite pastime), and her on-going Twitter beef with President Trump, Chrissy Teigen has all but eclipsed her husband's star in recent years, emerging as the unofficial clap-back queen of social media at a time when dissenting voices most need to be heard.
In 2019, when a petulant POTUS referred to Chrissy as "John Legend's filthy mouthed wife", she wasted no time in tweeting back that he was a "puy a b*tch". Proof of her immense cultural influence and unnatural ability to distil the sentiments of millions into a sound-bite of 140 characters or less, the designation quickly became a trending hashtag.
Trump's erratic social media persona might make him low-hanging fruit from a lite cyber-bullying standpoint, but there's still the troubling fact that he's one of the most powerful men on earth, and is directly and indirectly responsible for crimes and human rights abuses against the most vulnerable members of society. This certainly isn't lost on Chrissy, whose engagement with US politics and its figureheads you can expect to intensify this year against a backdrop of Trump's impeachment trial and the nation's 59th presidential election.
A successful television and radio presenter in the UK before landing a starring role in US comedy The Good Place, British-born, Los Angeles-based Jameela is almost more well-known for her activism, in particular, the conversations she drives around diet culture, body shaming and female and LGBTQI rights. Open about her harrowing experiences with – to name a few – eating disorders, mental illness, and attempted suicide, she regularly engages with her one million Twitter followers and almost three million Instagram followers, spreading messages of self-acceptance, tolerance and education as a mechanism for personal growth.
Whereas 'body positivity' is commonly championed by celebrities and (insert side-eye) brands trying to recalibrate their public image, Jameela is an outspoken 'body neutralist'. Based on the idea that our bodies are just vehicles that enable us to move through the world – nothing more, nothing less – body neutrality rejects any sort of value being attached to the way we look
(appearance-based self-love included) in favour of a totally neutral stance that frees up our energy for more important things.
"I truly believe that making women obsessed with their image is a clever way to take our eyes off the ball," explains Jameela in an interview about what motivated @i_weigh. "It means we're not thinking about business as much as we could, we're not sleeping as much as we could, we're not able to grow the things that matter in our lives because we're so busy panicking about our bodies," she says. "What a genius way to stop us from becoming equal. How can we be as powerful as men when we're worried all the time?"