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Julia Roberts | Dame Helen Mirren | Source: Getty Images
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8 Celebs in Swimsuit That Caused a Strong Reaction among Users — Photos

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 27, 2024
03:58 P.M.
  • Many celebrities have had their bikini or swimsuit pictures shared online.
  • The stars got mixed reactions from netizens who saw their swimsuit photos.
  • Some celebrities, like Valerie Bertinelli, have been outspoken about the aging process.
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Valerie Bertinelli, Demi Moore, and Matt Damon are some of the celebrities who've donned swimwear, opening themselves up to criticism from Netizens. Luckily, they've not only received harsh judgments but also supportive opinions that show them in a good light.

Demi Moore sporting short hair and wearing a spaghetti strap top, circa 1990 | Source; Getty Images

Demi Moore sporting short hair and wearing a spaghetti strap top, circa 1990 | Source; Getty Images

Helen Mirren, Julia Roberts, Damon, Goldie Hawn, Eva Longoria, Susan Lucci, Moore, and Bertinelli have faced netizen's wrath for daring to wear their swimwear in public. Images of them dressed for the beach divided social media users' opinions.

Taylor Hackford and Dame Helen Mirren at the 7th Directors Guild of America Honors after-party on October 16, 2008, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Taylor Hackford and Dame Helen Mirren at the 7th Directors Guild of America Honors after-party on October 16, 2008, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Helen Mirren’s Bikini Shot Was Taken by the Paparazzi

Mirren once went on record to several outlets to explain an image of her posing in a red bikini with a white trim. The picture went social media viral in 2008, the same year Mirren and her spouse, Taylor Hackford, went on vacation on an Italian beach.

Dame Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford at the 79th Annual Academy Awards on February 25, 2007, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

Dame Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford at the 79th Annual Academy Awards on February 25, 2007, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

The star revealed at the time that she and her director husband braved rough terrains while going over cacti just to get to a swimming spot. What was unique about the area was that nobody else was around, just as Hackford preferred.

The actress initially took a photo of the director and, he returned the favor by asking that she strike a pose for him. But, the moment she sucked her stomach in, a flash in the distant hills became evident to her. She responded by immediately dropping down "spread-eagle" on the rocks.

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She did that hoping to avoid being photographed by a perceived paparazzo! When her husband turned around, the guilty party had hidden behind the cacti. This led Hackford to call his wife "paranoid." However, three days later, a photo of a then 63-year-old Mirren was uploaded by a tabloid and went viral!

Some years later, the star addressed the incident on "Ellen." During the season seven episode, the dame said the shot was "pure luck." She shared, "I look at that picture and say, God, I wish I look like that. But I don't."

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Helen Mirren at the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony and red carpet for the film "Jeanne du Barry," in Cannes, France, on May 16, 2023 | Source:  Getty Images

Helen Mirren at the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony and red carpet for the film "Jeanne du Barry," in Cannes, France, on May 16, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

The actress revealed how a week prior she had been on a public beach with hundreds of people around in France. She noted that for some reason, no one bothered to take her picture!

The host of the show, Ellen DeGeneres, joked about how we now knew why Mirren was in such great shape as it was from "scaling cactuses and mountains!" Years later, people are still thrilled by the image.

Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren at the 10th Annual LMGI Awards Honoring Location Managers on August 26, 2023, in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren at the 10th Annual LMGI Awards Honoring Location Managers on August 26, 2023, in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

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In 2019, Mirren was asked about it on television when it reappeared. The actress, once again, clarified how she had been posing for her husband stating, "I tried to suck my cheeks in. I tried to look... good."

Responding to a Daily Mail post, readers expressed their appreciation for the stolen moment. "I can only hope that I look that good at 74!!" one gushed. A second agreed, "I'm at a loss for words. She looks gorgeous!"

Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren at the red carpet for the movie "Madres Paralelas" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival, on September 1, 2021, in Venice, Italy | Source: Getty Images

Taylor Hackford and Helen Mirren at the red carpet for the movie "Madres Paralelas" during the 78th Venice International Film Festival, on September 1, 2021, in Venice, Italy | Source: Getty Images

"I would love to look that good now - let alone when I'm in my 70s!" another seconded. "Now this is what aging gracefully means..... " a reader ruminated. "She looks fantastic. If I sucked my stomach in, I still wouldn't look that good in a bikini, and I'm 20 years younger than her," an admirer pointed out.

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"Natural with no plastic bits. She knows her age and appreciates it and doesn't hide from it. Good for her!" noted a fan."WOW, she looks amazing. I could only wish to look that good at that age," one said.

"Finally, someone I can complement who actually deserves it!" a commenter wrote. Someone else added, "She's fantastic. And to all the other fake boob & booty gals out there, take a page from Helen's book!"

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The Oscar Award winner has turned down all opportunities to monetize the viral photo. In 2014, on the dawn of her 68th birthday, she said, "The truth is I don't really look that good, it was just a flattering picture."

Helen Mirren at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18, 2014, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

Helen Mirren at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 18, 2014, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

The actress noted, "I am beyond the bikini-wearing age, really. I wouldn't normally wear one." She continued, "I look like a woman in her 60s. I've always looked awful in a bikini, even when I was young."

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Likewise, on another occasion, she addressed her reputation for being "sexy," saying, "I think it's probably going to follow me to my grave." However, Helen Mirren is likely to keep making headlines with her view on rules.

"It's good to break your own rules on a regular basis," she says. Next up we have a look at another star and actress who also had tongues wagging because of a bikini picture.

Julia Roberts Judged for Being a “Plastic Princess” for Her Swimsuit Look

On December 25, 2021, Julia Roberts was seen spending Christmas Day with her children. She and her husband, Danny Moder, visited Sydney, Australia, with their twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, and youngest Henry. The movie actress looked gorgeous while hanging out at the beach in a pink swimsuit.

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She appeared toned and tanned. Roberts, who had just emerged from the sea after a swim, wore dark sunglasses and looked relaxed as she took in the glorious sight of the beach. Netizens who saw her stunning pictures were stunned by how incredible the actress looked!

One person said the actress was "aging gracefully" and wished her happiness and good health. Another online user commended Roberts for not turning her natural body into a "plastic princess." Someone else pointed out that the star was "naturally beautiful."

Julia Roberts at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

Julia Roberts at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

"She is still pretty (sic) woman," another fan wrote. Yet, some critics felt Roberts' swimsuit wasn't flattering for her body. They said the star looked like an old lady who never worked out. Still, a die-hard fan penned, "But for a woman that's carried twins she looks amazing."

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Matt Damon’s Called a “Perfect Jolly Fat Man” after Seeing His Beach Body

On September 24, 2023, Damon and his wife, Luciana Barroso, spent quality time at the beach. The film producer was pictured standing on the shore wearing sunglasses alongside his longtime love.

Luciana and Matt Damon at the Clooney Foundation For Justice's "The Albies" on September 28, 2023, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Luciana and Matt Damon at the Clooney Foundation For Justice's "The Albies" on September 28, 2023, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

He was fit as walking shirtless on the coast of Miami, Florida. The actor, who was 52 then, showed off his six-pack abs and wore a gray knee-length swimsuit. Meanwhile, the mother of his children, stunned in a light blue string bikini.

In her outfit, she looked toned, revealing her flat stomach. The mother of four wore a white cap over her long brown hair and accessorized with large hoop earrings and sunglasses for the event. She and her well-known husband were seen chatting with others during their outing.

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That same day, the Daily Mail also shared a snapshot on Facebook showing Matt Damon checking out his spouse alongside a caption that read, "More in love than ever." Online users commented on the post, with one person writing, "All husbands should look at their wives that way."

While someone said, "Love is so delicious when you're with the right person with you." People have discussed Damon's physique online in the past. In July 2022, one individual penned on Twitter now X, "So Matt Damon put on some serious weight."

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“[…] HIs wife looks amazing!" one Facebook user wrote. Meanwhile, a netizen commented on Damon's physical appearance, "Sorry, but Matt does not have a 6 pack." The person added, "His wife, however, has an amazing body."

"Man, what happened to Matt Damon?" one user asked on the platform in July 2023. "Matt Damon put on some weight," wrote another person in February 2023. "Matt Damon is a perfect jolly fat man he's just starting the process," said another social media user in August 20223.

Matt Damon participates in the session during the Clinton Global Initiative on September 19, 2023, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

Matt Damon participates in the session during the Clinton Global Initiative on September 19, 2023, in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Meanwhile, someone penned on X, "Matt Damon's wife looks amazing." The following celebrity who showed off her bikini body was criticized by some social media followers for her apperance.

Goldie Hawn Judged Harshly for Showing off Her Body

Hollywood blonde bombshell, mother, and grandmother Goldie Hawn turned 77 in June 2023, while her handsome partner Kurt Russell was 72. The cheerful couple was seen having some seaside fun during their vacation in Greece.

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Hawn wore a stylish black one-piece swimsuit that highlighted her legs, arms, and chest, while Russell opted for black and white board shorts. The iconic couple is famous for their fun and carefree attitude, allowing them to live life to the fullest.

Goldie Hawn, in particular, is celebrated for her happy-go-lucky personality, which she still embraces wholeheartedly. However, once pictures of their Greece vacation surfaced, Twitter users quickly took to social media to harshly criticize the star's appearance.

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Many mean-spirited people wasted no time in calling Hawn nasty names, "No, not attractive. Look what happened to Goldie Hawn after she got her lips fattened. UGLY." The hate continued around social media as more pictures were released.

Some commentators pushed the ugly narrative further and started discussing how Hawn's appearance traumatized them. One person stated, "Goldie Hawn's face is going to give me nightmares tonight."

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What haters have to say is entirely disregarded by not only Hawn herself but also by her biggest fan, her partner, Russell. The happy couple has been in love and committed to each other for 40 years, and still treat their relationship as though they just first fell in love.

Eva Longoria Described as Getting Fat upon Wearing Her Bikini on Vacation

Hollywood star Eva Longoria is renowned for her acting talent, displayed in numerous film and television projects. She has also established herself as a successful film producer. Beyond her impressive career, Longoria is a devoted mother to her only son, Santiago Enrique.

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She and her husband, José Bastón, share Santiago. In 2023, she was seen enjoying some sun during her vacation in Spain. Pictures of the then 48-year-old showing off her stunning physique in a pink bikini surfaced online.

As the "Desperate Housewives" star had her "Baywatch" moment on the beach, she made it clear that age is just a number. When people saw the photos of Eva Longoria rocking her two-piece, many began to share their opinions on her appearance.

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Some people were not pleased with her appearance. One person made a nasty comment about her body, saying, "She gettin' chubby." Another mocked the media outlet for reporting on her bikini photos as "news."

Despite the negative remarks, many others complimented Longoria. They shared that they thought the actress looked healthy and that her skin appeared radiant.

One Instagram user exclaimed, "Omg, she looks amazing. She used to be tiny. Now she has curves in all the right places." Although some comments about Longoria's appearance and age were negative, she remained unfazed.

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She continues to live life on her own terms. In previous interviews, the star has discussed her views on late motherhood and aging. When Longoria gave birth to her son, she was already in her 40s.

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Although some people subscribe to society's controversial views on mothering a child past a certain age, the star felt differently. Speaking about welcoming her child later in life, she disclosed, "Santi was meant to be with me at this stage in my life."

Eva Longoria at the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019, in Cannes, France | Source: Getty Images

Eva Longoria at the opening ceremony and screening of "The Dead Don't Die" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2019, in Cannes, France | Source: Getty Images

She continued, "I'm patient, I don't work as much—even if it doesn't seem that way! It's the right time." When addressing what she tells people who struggle with embracing aging, Longoria advises that it's a mistake to waste any decade of your life worrying about becoming old.

Susan Lucci Criticized for Bikini Look but Die-Hard Fans Come to Her Defense

Susan Lucci posted a beach photo in mid-2020, where she was brushing her signature brunette hair out of her face. The radiant 73-year-old star was dressed in a Michael Kors one-piece swimsuit with a light wrap around her waist.

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"You look too thin and fragile," a worried fan wrote. "Please take care of yourself." Someone asked, "What happens (sic) to you? You are skin and bones! Are you sick?" A third agreed, "You are way too thin!!"

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Daily Mail readers also had thoughts on her figure."Tiny and very thin," one opinioned, to which a user replied, "I agree - looks very unhealthy." Another deemed the post "depressing." "Always elegant and beautiful!" an Instagram user countered.

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"She has always been very petite except when she was pregnant, and even then, she wasn't very big," one wrote in support. "Frankly, staying on the slim/thin side is far better for her." They added, "Certainly less wear and tear on your joints when you aren't carrying excess weight."

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The person continued, "Glad to see that this lovely lady is doing well after last year's heart issue." That wasn't the first time she wore a revealing designer swimsuit. The star was photographed in it for Harper's Bazaar in 2018. Susan Lucci admitted to the magazine that she felt as good as she had in her 20s and 30s!

Demi Moore’s Body Called “Saggy” by Online Critics for Wearing a Swimsuit

Demi Moore is now enjoying her time as a grandmother. The "Striptease" star was seen on June 7, 2023, taking a family walk with her daughter Rumer and granddaughter Louetta in Los Angeles. Just days earlier, on June 4, 2023, Moore had also taken a family trip to the farmer's market.

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The "Ghost" actress was joined by her daughters Rumer and Tallulah, granddaughter Louetta, and Louetta's father, Derek Richard Thomas, at Hollywood's Farmer's Market. While she enjoys her role as a grandmother and spends more time with family, Moore also makes time to soak in the sun in her bikini.

On August 12, 2023, Moore was seen enjoying a Greek holiday in the Mediterranean, where she donned a sage green bikini. The then 60-year-old showcased her body in the swimsuit, featuring a halter top and V-shaped bottoms, which highlighted her flawless complexion.

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The actress, appearing makeup-free, had her long dark hair styled in a high but loose bun as she enjoyed the open waters. She splashed around the ocean, clinging to a purple noodle floatie. After swimming, she returned to the boat.

Moore wore wide aviator-style shades to protect her eyes from the bright sun, then toweled off and let her hair fall loose to her neck. She accessorized her bikini with a large blue pendant on a long gold chain around her neck.

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Netizens who saw her pictures criticized the actress for donning a bikini and showing off her "Alligator skin" and "droopy muscle tone." Others said the actress looked "skinny" and "flabby" and had "wrinkles and cellulite."

One person noted that the star's body was "sagging" except for her "fake boobs," while another advised the actress to cover up, "Come on granny put your clothes on!!" Some claimed Demi Moore should have worn yoga pants and crop tops.

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While another person said it would have been more appropriate if the actress had kept her clothes on. However, one fan defended Moore, "She looks amazing. No idea why people want to nit pick (sic) her."

Other fans said the actress's body looked great at 60. Another individual came to the celebrity's defense saying it was wrong for the paparazzi to take invasive pictures of her, "She did not pose for them in an attempt to solicit comments on her body."

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Regardless, Moore seems to be enjoying life in her 60s. The actress doesn’t shy away from wearing bikinis despite previous negative comments from fans. She is also a devoted grandmother who spends quality time with her granddaughter and children.

Valerie Bertinelli Described as “Beautiful” by Adoring Fans

On February 8, 2024, Valerie Bertinelli uploaded two Instagram pictures of her enjoying the pool and sunshine in a purple bikini. In the post's caption, she revealed that the throwback photos were taken in 2014 when she weighed 150lb with a height of 5’4".

Valerie Bertinelli posing in a bikini in a throwback post from 2014 | Source: Instagram/wolfiesmom

Valerie Bertinelli posing in a bikini in a throwback post from 2014 | Source: Instagram/wolfiesmom

The television star explained that she doesn't weigh herself anymore because she was considered overweight that year. Bertinelli thought those beauty standards are "stupid" and she had believed them for too long.

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However, now she finally knows that she's a considerate, kind, thoughtful, and funny woman. She urged her followers to remember who they are and what their characters are. The chef encouraged them to not let those qualities be overshadowed by their body size or weight.

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She concluded her post by stating, "You are enough. Just the way you are." One reader who agreed with Bertinelli's post wrote, "You are more beautiful now than you have ever been. Happiness is the ultimate beauty."

Another fan supported the celebrity saying, "Beautiful. You always have been!" A third person added to the chef's post, "Be comfortable in your own skin and ignore the haters. You look fantastic."

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Valerie Bertinelli has since been on a journey to find psychological and emotional healing. At age 61, she finally dropped her forty-year quest to lose 10 lbs. The author revealed that she was slowly settling into her own and loving herself as is.

Taking to TikTok on November 23, 2023, she shared a video of herself talking about her experiences with aging. The then 63-year-old mentioned how hard it has been for her to accept that she is aging since she'd spent more time as a young person than an old one.

Valerie Bertinelli talking about aging on November 23, 2023 | Source: TikTok/realwolfiesmom

Valerie Bertinelli talking about aging on November 23, 2023 | Source: TikTok/realwolfiesmom

The star revealed that she can still jog upstairs, but confessed that running has become harder. She can still do deep squats but needs support to hold on to get back up. Yoga's child's pose used to be comfortable for her but now it feels uncomfortable.

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She also revealed that she noticed a new development where some body parts had started sagging slightly. The celebrity laughed while demonstrating a slightly saggy part of her forearm, asking what it was!

Valerie Bertinelli talking about aging on November 23, 2023 | Source: TikTok/realwolfiesmom

Valerie Bertinelli talking about aging on November 23, 2023 | Source: TikTok/realwolfiesmom

Bertinelli explained that accepting her aging is difficult because, in her mind, she is still a "young-goofy-let's-have-fun girl." She concluded her message by sharing how much she appreciates her age and how she got there.

However, she admitted that the aging experience was "just mind-blowing." Her closing question was if others are adjusting well to aging after being young for so long. Her fans were quick to show her support in the comment section.

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One person wrote, "Valerie you are beautiful!! You have always been one of my favorites." Another fan added, "And you are still absolutely beautiful!" A TikToker who could relate said, "I feel you. I sure am. I'm 58 and feeling these struggles. come hang out."

A netizen encouraged her, "You're not alone, aging is definitely an adventure." It seems Bertinelli's words of encouragement have touched many people and are helping to change some people's perspectives about the daunting life evolution.

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