All over the world, women are redefining their womanhood, to live their life on their own terms. Women are getting in touch with themselves and their bodies. They are embracing their natural selves and rewriting the rules around the portrayal of the female body. This is part of the body positive movement which is pushing back against the current toxic mainstream beauty standards.
In the fashion industry, advertising, Hollywood and the media, the female body is portrayed as Caucasian, slim and toned. Social media is a platform that is full of women like this. Thousands of weight loss success stories; countless before and after photos. Endless celebrities showing off their sculptured bodies. But this is not the norm in our society; most women don’t, and will never, look like this. We start comparing our bodies to this stereo type and find ourselves sadly lacking. This social media “hall of fame” is a source of shame for many of us.
But I want you to know, you can start to spring clean your social media and get rid of all the sites you follow that, quite frankly, make you feel sh** about yourself.
There is social media out there that is pushing back against these norms. Body Positivity; it is just not as loud as the mainstream fashion and diet industry. So, if you feel like you want to follow something different, see different social media sites that truly reflect the female persona and expose us to the diversity of the female body, check out these I’ve listed below. (these are just the ones I follow on Instagram and they really inspire me. There are countless more if you go fishing).
Megan Jayne Crabbe- instagram @Bodyposipanda- just love this woman, she is amazing. Author of Body Positive Power. Recovered from Anorexia Nervosa. An inspiring story.
Taryn Brumfitt- Instagram @bodyimagemovement. She made the film Embrace. I heard her talk recently and had the privilege for a quick chat with her. Amazing woman, uplifting all women around her.
Celeste Barber – Instagram @celestebarber. Australian comedian constantly calling out of the fashion industry and the media portrayal of women. Hilarious.
Tessholliday- Instagram @tessholliday #effyourbeautystandards. No need to elaborate on this one!
Cece Olisa – Instagram @ CeCe Olisa “ Don’t wait on weight to live the life you want” . So true.
Sarahsapora – Instagram @sarahsapora “I believe that life-long change can only come from a place of self-love, not fear, not self-judgement, just love”. Yes, I hear you.
Sarah Harry – Instagram @bodypositiveyoga. Promoting yoga for everyone. As it should be.
Stephanie Yeboah- Instagram @ nerdabouttown. “I learnt my body is not the enemy”. Let’s stop fighting it.
Tabria Majors – Instagram @tabriamajors- a woman too sexy for words.
Nicole Stefani- Instagram @hellostefaninicole. Showing fashion is not just for a size 4 model.