But, there are champions out there who want us to accept our bodies – uneven skin tone, stretch marks, cellulite and all – just the way they are.
Rude words can’t touch me because this self-acceptance is endless and ever growing. I’ve pushed through my own pain and fears about what it means to love all that I am. So when I see the cruelness others try to send my way it just bounces off my light and back to them... after all it is the representation of how they internally feel about themselves. When you find peace with who you are no one can disrupt that. Happy #tigerstripesonatuesday! ?????
She’s an advocate for accepting your stretchmark or ‘tiger stripes’. Her own body changed a lot during pregnancy but she’s embraced how she looks.
Whoever said that dark skin was ugly or unacceptable was dead wrong! Whoever said that being soft, full and having the lumps, bumps and lines to show for it was ugly was dead wrong! Beauty doesn't come in any particular form, it just is. The most radical thing POC, Queer people, fat people and other subalterns can do is to unlearn the social conditioning that taught us to hate ourselves while valuing the Cis Straight Able-bodied European ideal. Deciding to stop hiding my body and actually start celebrating it was the best decision I have made since I quit alcohol and weed. I am one more step towards being completely fearless by unlearning all of the things that the world told me about myself. I am reclaiming my power and resisting by asserting that I exist. ____________________________ Photo: @lee__photography ____________________________ #photography #unedited #portraitphotography #melaninpoppin #representationmatters #effyourbeautystandards #honourmycurves #bodypositivity
The Zimbabwean writer is a strong feminist who is pro self-love, embracing your curves and being unapologetically black.
Known to her audience on social media as ‘The Slumflower’ the young blogger started the #saggyboobsmatter movement, which demonstrates that not all boobs are or meant to be round and perky.
NOW THIS MAY BE HARD FOR SOME OF YOU TO UNDERSTAND BUT GUESS WHAT; I like the way I look when I look in the mirror !!!!!!?????? Yes I have rolls. Yes I have stretch marks. Yes I am ‘fat’. And yes I think I look GREAT. And you should too. We live in a world that is scared of ‘fatness’ and is fat phobic. It’s like so cause I’m fat I’m not allowed to feel sexy? I’m not allowed to think I’m beautiful ? I’m not allowed to feel good? NOPE. FYI fats are allowed to think their attractive. And that’s the same for any body type in fact. Girls w no butt and boobs are allowed to think their beautiful too. My last post reached/made impressions to over 2 million of you. I hope that’s 2 million of you who love yourself. I hope that 2 million of you aren’t afraid to embrace your ‘flaws’ and ‘insecurities’. I hope that 2 million of you realise your worth and you are worthy of love no matter what your size and wether you have stretch marks or not. I know that It’s hard to love yourself and be yourself in this world we currently live in. We’re constantly presented with flawless images of beautiful people luxury lifestyles and all. I can’t help but question , how tangible is it all? One day all of that won’t matter. What will matter is the memories we made with the people we love and the mark we left on the world. If I leave one or even any mark on the world it’s that I want to encourage people to want to be themselves. To make others feel confident for who they really are. To normalise all the things that are seen as ‘ugly’. Well I’m fat and fabulous. Or thick or what ever coined term u ppl like to call me to make me feel less guilty about my chub. Whatever category u wanna put me in, I still look gr8 ?????????????? #everybodyisbeautiful #feminist #fatfabulous
The UK plus-size model and blogger is all about being loving your curves and rolls. She uses the hashtag #everybodyisbeautiful to spread positivity.
“Do you have to be half naked to be body positive?” Of course not. I think it’s a choice and a comfortability thing. Personally, I believe that I was born to live in swimsuits????. My body positivity involves seeing all of me, all the time and getting used to it, so that I don’t cringe when I run into my reflection. It makes dressing up easier...I don’t mind fat rolls showing in my crop top or cellulite showing when I’m in a mini because I’m so used to seeing my naked body. Its crazy cos in the fat community, it’s important to be seen as “respectable” ... respectability being “your body must be covered up” a social construct to convince fat people that they’re more likable when they’re fully clothed & that there’s something wrong with them when they reveal their fat...( uhm???!!!?) I have fat peers who won’t wear sleeveless tops, no matter how hot it is, because they have “fat arms”. It could never be me. I deserve happiness and peace and fresh air.
Lee needs no introduction – she is always fighting against fat shaming and teaches girls of all shapes and sizes to love themselves, no matter their size.