Your body is an amazing feat of nature. Every second, it performs millions of processes without you even noticing. It works tirelessly to keep you safe from disease and injury. It allows you to experience inspiration and to feel love. Even so, we could all use a reminder now and then of just how phenomenal our own bodies are.
Who encourages you to be your best body-positive self? Maybe a family member, friend, or even someone you follow online? According to a recent CampusWell survey, 36 percent of college students follow body-positive social media accounts. In celebration of each and every body (yes, yours too!), we want to shout out some of our favorite body-positive influencers.
The following nine Instagrammers use social media for the greater good by posting inspirational and motivational messages that promote health, body love, and acceptance for all sizes, colors, and abilities. They’re examples of how to have less self-judgment and be more confident and secure with ourselves.
“The magical mythical medium of writing allowed me to process so many confusing things and reminded me to rely on my own feelings in a world where image is king…[S]ocial media only exacerbates and amplifies what’s already in us to begin with.”
“Give me a thumbs up ? if you’re feeling this look! Remember y’all, style has no SIZE ?? #BeYou”
“I am so grateful and proud to have been a part of such an incredible show. Thank you for honoring the importance of inclusion by representing so many different women on your runway and showing that beauty comes in many forms. I could have never imagined the feeling of walking a runway pregnant, it was truly an honor for us to be there! ❤️?”
“All bodies can be iconic bodies, not just the socially acceptable ones, the slim ones or the small/chubby ones.”
“Sometimes to clear out negative mental energy you need to use physical energy. I hated running growing up, I was always the slow kid. On my bike I’m fast. Do what works for you. There is no right or wrong way to be a person. I still have to remind myself of that.”
MONICA ENGLE THOMAS
“My 20s were a decade of discovering who I am and how I fit into the world. I’m going into this next decade without the weight of other people’s expectations on my shoulders. I’m taking up space and unapologetically rolling up to my seat at the table. I can’t wait to see what happens.✌️”
“I take self-love very seriously…[W]hen I was younger, I wanted to change everything about myself. I didn’t love who I was…because I was told I wasn’t lovable by the media, by [people at] school, by not seeing myself in beauty ads, by not seeing myself in television…by lack of representation. My self-hatred got so bad that I was fantasizing about being other people. But you can’t live your life trying to be somebody else. What’s the point?”
“In the past, a photo revealing even the tiniest bit of cellulite would have really bothered me. But honestly, it doesn’t phase me anymore. … And besides, almost every woman has cellulite, yet we are ALL convinced we are the only ones. I promise you, you’re not.”
“Don’t be ashamed of what makes you different. My skin changes all the time, I relearn how to do my makeup all the time based on what suits it in that time. Skin is just skin. We shouldn’t judge based on it, condition, or race. Like our minds and souls, my skin is ever evolving. ❤️”
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CampusWell survey, September 2019.