For us 'gram addicts, we look to insta to seek our role models, and these 8 inspiring body positive women will not disappoint. As advocates of being your authentic self, these ladies will fill your feed with the motivation, courage and empowering messages to serve the daily reminder to love the body you're in.
As a former InStyle contributor, Gabi Gregg took the world by storm when she launched her “fatkini” plus size swimwear collection in 2013. Alongside being a style blogger and model, she’s continually pushed for the recognition, inclusion and celebration of plus-size women in fashion.
As an activist and brand ambassador for stylish prosthetic limbs, Emily learned to love herself following a bone cancer diagnosis at age 14. At the time, she was told she had three weeks to live but despite the odds she stands strong today, fighting against beauty norms and proving to others that you can thrive from your dark periods.
Having been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome at aged 12, Harnaam has subsequently faced stigma around her facial hair. Following years of waxing and shaving in an effort to keep up with beauty standards, she finally decided to grow her beard out and love herself no matter what. She has since become a front-running activist in the body positivity movement.
Creator of the hashtag #voiceofthecurves and Orange is the New Black actress Danielle Brookes has all the body positivity you could ever need on her ‘gram. She’s spoken out about everything from stretch marks and self love, to embracing your body and your journey. Talented and stunning, Danielle is an absolute must-follow.
Having survived an eating disorder, Kenzie uses her Instagram account as a medium to empower women to embrace body positivity. She posts regular pictures of herself and others, often accompanied by a raw and inspiring caption about her journey. She strives to challenge the unrealistic beauty standards that perpetuate social media.
Hi friends ✌️ Let's talk about self care, shall we? Self care is defined as the care done "by you for you." It's a personal assessment on what your emotional, mental and physical needs are. Why is this important? I believe this narrative is increasingly important because it teaches us to check in with ourselves, it teaches reflection, a knowingness of what you need, I find this valuable. Also because we live in a culture that somehow feeds self indulgence while simultaneously ignoring the basics of what some bodies need in order to exist. 1. There are some people who can't get medical care, what does self care look like to them? 2. There are some people who live in places in 1st word countries who don't have clean water, what does self care mean to them? 3. There are some people like @the_feeding_of_the_fox who are disabled, what does self care look like to them? . Did you know that the "economy of altered states" which includes drugs, psychopharmaceuticals, media, entertainment, pursuit sports, travel, video games, counselling, the self help market, etc basically anything that helps you "escape" escalates up to 4 trillion dollars a year. T R I L L Y. TRILLIONS. OF. DOLLARS. . We spend money trying to escape, to do anything to put us in a novelty headspace, to give us a dopamine rush maybe increase our serotonin for a second to put us in a wow place, I find this fascinating because while some of us chase that wow factor, others are looking to escape because it means survival, it means if they escape they get to exist. I'm not sure where I'm going with this caption, I think I just wanna say self care looks different on every BODY. 👉 And if you are invested in self care then you support to wellbeing of ALL bodies. 👈 That's all. Thanks for reading ❤️ #selfcaresunday #selflovebootcamp #stayinvested #makethechange
As the mastermind behind the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards, which became a body positivity movement in itself circa 2013, Tess Holiday soon after became the worlds first size-22 supermodel. Today, Tess empowers and influences women through her own plus-size fashion line and was recently named one of the most influential people online of 2016.
Model Sabina has regularly spoken openly about her transition into plus-size modelling, having previously been a size 6 – and why she feels more comfortable with herself after the decision. She rejects the pressure of the modelling industry, alongside its rigorous body standards.
Model, single mum and former make-up artist Denise Bidot created the slogan “There Is No Wrong Way to Be a Woman” which subsequently snowballed into a movement. Its purpose? To encourage women to celebrate and unite in their individuality, as well as learning to love themselves. Denise is regularly photographed without retouching, in an effort to normalise imperfections.