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By Erin Clements

Celebrities are under constant scrutiny — especially when it comes to their looks. And while many have had to endure attacks on their weight and appearance, some have used the opportunity to take a powerful stance and shut down their critics.

Here are eight stars who inspired us with their confident comebacks to those who body-shamed them.

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson
Singer Kelly Clarkson performs 'Heartbeat Song' onstage during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on NBC from The Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)Getty Images file

British TV personality Katie Hopkins criticized Clarkson's weight last month in a pair of nasty tweets, but the singer told Ellen DeGeneres she doesn't let the negativity get her down. "People are like, 'I'm so sorry that lady in London was so mean to you,'" Clarkson said. "And I'm like, 'Are you serious?' Like, get in line!" She charmingly added, "Sometimes I'm more fit, and I get into kickboxing hardcore. And then sometimes I don't, and I'm like, 'I'd rather have wine.'"

Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer attends IFP's 24th Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IFP)Getty Images file

A writer slammed Schumer's comedy "Trainwreck" in February, calling her "chubby" and claiming "there’s no way she’d be an object of heated romantic interest in the real world." Schumer told USA Today, "From the bottom of my heart — I could not care less.” She then took to Twitter to declare, "I am a size 6 and have no plans of changing. This is it. Stay on or get off. Kisses!"

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga
Recording artist Lady Gaga attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Getty Images file

When Gaga posted an Instagram photo of herself in a swimsuit last September, and followers began making critical comments about her weight, she had plenty to say. "Proud at any size, because the inside is what really counts. Plus, it's all how you pose! Just ask the supermodels!" she wrote alongside a second swimsuit shot. She also tweeted, "I'd rather be fat than be shallow."

Sally Field

Image: Sally Field
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When Field was looking to build a film career after making a name for herself on TV sitcoms "Gidget" and "The Flying Nun," her agent told her she "was not pretty enough" to act in movies, People reported this week. Her response? "You're fired." She added, "At the same time, I also left my husband because he was like, 'Well, what will we do? We don't have any money.' And I said, 'Well get out.'"

Adele

Adele
Singer Adele arrives at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Getty Images file

When Karl Lagerfeld insulted the British singer in 2012, calling her "a little too fat," she had a classy response. "I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines," she told People. "I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that."

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy
Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Getty Images file

When the New York Observer's Rex Reed called the actress “tractor-sized” and "obese and obnoxious" in a review of the movie "Identity Thief," McCarthy took the high road. “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate," she told the New York Times. "I just thought, that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.”

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling
Actress Mindy Kaling attends the 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor Lacoste at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 17, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CDG)Getty Images file

Last year, Kaling told Jimmy Kimmel that she receives a lot of backhanded compliments. "People are like, ‘It’s so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn’t feel she needs to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do.’ And I’m like, ‘I do subscribe!’ They’re like, ‘It’s so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster.’"

"By the way, I, like, run and work out," she added." "It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal chubby woman. The way they talk about it, [it's] like, ‘She’s a pioneer because she’s glued to her sofa. 'Some people were pretty mean about it, but then some people were like, ‘She’s just so courageous!’ Aren’t surgeons courageous?”

Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano
Alyssa Milano attends "Into The Woods" World Premiere - Outside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater on December 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)Getty Images file

After Jay Mohr made a crude joke about Milano's post-baby body during a radio interview, Milano responded to the actor and comedian via Twitter, writing, "So sorry you felt the need to publicly fat-shame me. Be well and God Bless. Please send my love to your beautiful wife." After he apologized, she later told "Extra," "I think it's an interesting statement about where we are socially that people feel that they can sort of rip a woman's body apart after having a baby."