There are quite a few A-listers who have been real AF (see what we did there?) about their periods, and we LOVE it! After all, the more we talk openly about menstruation, the less stigma and taboo there will be.
So without further ado, let’s dive into some of our top celeb period stories!
As an Aunt Flow investor, this Olympic gymnast isn’t one to shy away from the topic of menstruation. Here’s what Aly Raisman said about what it’s like to compete while on her period.
“When you’re really nervous, you have butterflies in your stomach, and you have your period — it’s just not a good combination. You just kind of have to just keep going … You can’t tell the judges you want to compete tomorrow or wait a few days. It’s OK to feel uncomfortable, but you can’t let your period get in the way.” — Cosmopolitan, 2017
Miley got her first period on the set of Hannah Montana. Not to mention, the star was wearing white pants. We feel for you, Miley.
“It was so embarrassing, but I couldn’t leave. And I was crying, begging my mom, ‘You’re going to have to put the tampon in. I have to be on set.’” — Marie Claire, 2015
Experience bloating during your period? Well, so does J Law.
“That was my plan-B dress. Plan-A was a dress that I couldn’t wear because awards season is synced with my menstrual cycle, and it has been for years … [Plan-B] was loose at the front. And I didn’t have to worry about sucking anything in. The other dress was really tight, and I’m not going to suck in my uterus. I don’t have to do that.” — Harper’s Bazaar, 2016
Kelly Clarkson was in fourth grade when she started her period, which made her the first one in her class. I don’t know about you, but I just want to hug 10-year-old Kelly.
“It was the most insecure moment of my life. I was completely mortified. I didn’t have anything for that! No one could help me! I had no girls to talk to because no one had started. It was horrifying! I had to make sure that nothing was on me. It was a lot to deal with in elementary school.” — Glamour, 2017
I’m sure all the late bloomers can relate to this one…
“I started menstruating in ninth grade. I spent all of eighth-grade faking that I had my period, down to sticking Kotex in my underwear in case anyone needed proof.” — Rookie: Yearbook Two, 2014
Shamelessly slinging tampons? Say less, Jessie J.
“I have leaked in class on the chair at 15 years old. I have got my period on stage and had to wrap around a shirt around my waist mid-performance and carry on. Recently I was at a very posh event and was talking to some people and reached into my bag to get my phone and pulled a tampon out. Lol. I laughed! Who cares! It is what it is and it’s a big part of growing up and being a woman. Embrace it!” — ActionAid, 2017
Of course, there’s really no “right” time to start your period, but Gina Rodriguez has said that she felt insecure about starting hers later than most girls her age.
“I was a super late bloomer. Girls were talking about their periods and I had no idea what they were talking about. I had no idea what it was, and they’re all talking about how they feel certain things and I’m like, ‘I don’t feel anything yet.’ I think I lied probably a few times. I was like, ‘Oh yeah, I get it too.’ I’m sure I totally lied. Like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, I bleed too.’” — Yahoo Lifestyle, 2018
From the The Notebook to Mean Girls, actress Rachel McAdams has starred in some of the most beloved movies of all time. Another reason to love her? Here’s what she had to say about her role in the film Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret:
“It’s not just for girls to feel seen and heard but for boys, too. It’s to normalize something that is so normal. … The idea that the word period might be banned in schools is — I can’t wrap my brain around that. Knowledge is power and the more knowledge you have of your body, the more power you have over your body.” — USA Today, 2023
Shoutout to Kourtney Kardashian for this major period positivity!
“The source of life shouldn’t be embarrassing or hard to talk about. Mothers, teach your sons too … Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day!” — Instagram, 2019
These days, the Descendants actress is super comfortable talking about her period, but that wasn’t always the case…
“I used to be really shy [about my period]. I think I didn’t even tell my mom when I started my first period, because I was shy. I didn’t tell anybody. I used to spend my allowance on tampons. I just didn’t want to talk to anybody about my body … If I could go back and tell myself that it was okay [to talk about my period], I would go back and tell myself that was okay. I’m totally open about it now. It’s actually super cool to get your period.” — Seventeen, 2018
In reference to Beyoncé’s iconic “Drunk in Love” lyric, the singer-songwriter shared her sheer GENIUS solution to shedding the stigma around the word ‘period.’
“I think that ‘period’ is going to be my ‘surfboard’ with Beyoncé. People will wear sweatshirts to my concerts that are just going to say ‘period.'” — Rolling Stone, 2014