Overwhelmed by (and just flat-out over) the constant pressure to live up to others on social media, being judged by numbers and first impressions, I set out to prove we’re all more (and better) than those things. I started asking celebs to write down one thing about themselves we wouldn’t know just from looking at them. We all have more to offer than the one-dimensional view others see, and no one can take that from us. It’s called #WeAreMore. Join me and these celebs by posting your photo, using #WeAreMore and tagging @strippingdowncelebs, because your worth needs to be celebrated A-fuggin’-sap.
Here are stars relishing in the glory that is their badass individuality:
Viola Davis giving life to all by getting hers.
Gina Rodriguez teaching us that it’s OK to share you vulnerabilities and be a work-in-progress. Bless.
Rachel Bloom proving there’s more to her than Rebecca’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend persona.
Maria Bello being a poised, RL goddess to all.
J.K. Simmons proving he won’t kick my ass after all.
Demi Lovato continuing to prove her undying badassery.
Charlie Day jokes that he has an honorary PhD, but still.
Haley Lu Richardson showing us why we need to hang with her ASAP.
Aldis Hodge explaining why he’s an observant introvert.
Sex icon Ruby Rose blowing my mind with this reveal.
Kathy Griffin further proving she’s a GD boss.
Viggo Mortensen making me semi-confused but being v. honest while doing so.
Nina Dobrev proving why she’s the sweetest thing this side of the Mississippi.
Anna Chlumsky showing why she takes life by the balls.
Shiri Appleby revealing this A+ nickname.
Josh Henderson showing that he and his v. hot face care about you.
Tracee Ellis Ross proving her comedic roles don’t define her.
Amy Landecker reminding all to not let her boobs and gorgeousness fool us.
Bianca Santos celebrating her family and how she’s making moves.
Mr. Robot‘s Carly Chaikin shares her hidden talent.
Beau Casper Smart knowing he pulled a fast one on us all with his serious Insta pics.
The Arrangement‘s Christine Evangelista is down for it all.
Keke Palmer in her authentic greatness. (And is that fur not mood?)
One Tree Hill‘s Bethany Joy Lenz explains a personal revelation she made last year.
All-around boss Issa Rae sheds insight on what may make her so damn successful.
Swoon-fest James Maslow and his abs will fight to the death.
Heather McDonald isn’t all laughs.
Justin Baldoni proving we’re all the same, really.
Vikings babe Katheryn Winnick is laughs, and weird ones at that.
Certain Women star Lily Gladstone wearing cowboy boots on the carpet like a G.
The gorgeous Nazanin Mandi (Miguel’s finance) showing that she’s actually timid under those bomb bikini pics.
This Is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson telling the world to embrace itself for her greatness.
Lilly Singh showing that I had YouTubers all wrong.
Good Girls Revolt‘s Genevieve Angelson proving to be a universal spirit animal.
Internet star Baby Ariel proving haters wrong.
And Riverdale‘s Ross Butler showing that he’ll kick your virtual ass.
Asa Butterfield has a tiny frame but loves himself some grub doe.
Britt Robertson pulls a Haley Lu.
Beyonce’s proteges (and crazy talented sisters) Chloe x Halle say they never fight. Like, ever.
Jane the Virgin‘s Azie Tesfai appreciating life like so many of us forget to do.
Now go on with your bad selves.