The body positive movement encourages people to embrace their flaws through radical acts of self love. It could be posting a photo in a bikini with stretch marks and cellulite exposed, choosing to eat a balanced diet instead of falling on unhealthy habits to lose weight, or sharing a story of something one overcame to reach their own personal definition of “healthy.” Whatever the case may be, these Instagrammers share their messages of self love, day in and day out, through inspirational posts, peeks into their daily routines, and unabashed celebration of their own bodies.
Here’s our list of the most body positive Instagrammers you should follow.
Ashley Graham (@theashleygraham)
“To some I’m too curvy. To others I’m too tall, too busty, too loud, and, now, too small — too much, but at the same time not enough. When I post a photo from a ‘good angle,’ I receive criticism for looking smaller and selling out. When I post photos showing my cellulite, stretch marks, and rolls, I’m accused of promoting obesity. The cycle of body-shaming needs to end. I’m over it.”
A photo posted by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@theashleygraham) on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:34am PDT
Matt Joseph Diaz (@mattjosephdiaz)
“I am not ashamed of who I’ve been, and for different reasons I am proud of every one of them. I adore who I am. I love who I’ve been. Human beings are always a process.”
A photo posted by Matt Joseph Diaz (@mattjosephdiaz) on Sep 6, 2016 at 2:24pm PDT
“There’s no shame in embracing and loving yourself, or spreading that love to others. There’s no shame in participating in activities that ‘aren’t meant for your body type.’ There’s no shame in wearing whatever the fuck you feel most confident in. Shame is for the people who put others down for the sole sake of feeling better about themselves.”
A photo posted by Dee 🦁 (@deegetsstronger) on Oct 8, 2016 at 9:17am PDT
Massy Arias (@massy.arias)
“One more rep, one more minute, one more jump, one more set…one last time you’ll give up. I would be lying if I said the road was easy, but I can tell you that if you strive for progress and NOT perfection, you’ll find yourself a step closer everyday.”
A photo posted by MankoFit 🇩🇴 (@massy.arias) on Oct 12, 2016 at 9:32am PDT
Katie Summers (loseitconkatie)
“I’ve spent too long feeling like I’m not good enough. Like longer hair or a tinier waist would ever make me more powerful in my mind or kinder in my heart. If it’s for you, it doesn’t require conformity. Find yourself by seeking peace, not praise.”
A photo posted by Writer/Speaker/Motivator (@loseitconkatie) on Sep 7, 2016 at 7:34pm PDT
Jordyn Woods (@jordynwoods)
“Social media is just an online journal. I can post things and help spread positive messages to people — for example, me talking about something that I love about myself might help someone else love that feature about themselves as well.”
A photo posted by Heir Jordyn (@jordynwoods) on May 11, 2016 at 3:08pm PDT
“I am in love with fitness and all it brings. I love working out, stretching, taking photos, eating healthy. But eating bad too. Hell, I live for food. I am aware of who I am. I am aware I am not a fit model with a super fit body. […] But I am also aware of my strength, my flexibility, my gracefulness and my power.”
A photo posted by D O R O T E A (@doroteasworld) on May 28, 2016 at 1:14pm PDT
Ariel Winter (@arielwinter)
“Putting others down doesn’t make you look better — it makes you seem bitter. Be the type of person who makes others feel like they can do anything — be the breath of fresh air this world needs and that’s how you keep rising.”
A photo posted by ARIEL WINTER (@arielwinter) on Mar 29, 2016 at 7:43pm PDT
Josh Sundquist (@joshsundquist)
“These photos of me (yes, they’re real!) have been widely circulated online with the caption “Excuses: Let’s hear yours again.” I didn’t write that caption nor do I particularly agree with its spirit. I actually believe there are any number of totally legitimate reasons (“excuses”) why a person might be unable to reach peak physical condition, like illness, injury, lack of access to quality nutrition, etc. So I decided to create this competing version of the meme in hopes that its spirit is more deeply authentic and more widely true.”
A photo posted by Josh Sundquist (@joshsundquist) on Jul 4, 2016 at 8:15pm PDT
Casey Ho (@blogilates)
“Working out should NOT feel like a chore. It should inspiring, fun, and should leave you feeling ALIVE. If your workout doesn’t make you feel that way, keep searching. Because once you find ‘the right one,’ your entire body will change effortlessly.”
A photo posted by Cassey Ho (@blogilates) on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:06am PDT
Nadia Aboulhosn (@nadiaaboulhosn)
“You create your own definition of beauty. Changing your body image doesn’t necessarily mean you have to physically change your body, but simply change and control your thoughts on how you view yourself. It’s really up to us as individuals to not let society warp how we view others and, most importantly, ourselves.”
A photo posted by Nadia Aboulhosn (@nadiaaboulhosn) on Jul 23, 2016 at 1:23pm PDT
Koya Webb (@koyawebb)
“We spend so much time talking about what we hate or want to change. What do you love about yourself? I love my compassion for myself, others, and the planet. […] I love living a healthy lifestyle and sharing it with others.”
A photo posted by 💗Koya Webb💗 (@koyawebb) on Aug 10, 2016 at 11:38am PDT
Morit Summers (@moritsummers)
“I think sometimes we strive to be like others, when we have yet to find ourselves. We look to others for inspiration and say how do I be more like that, when we have yet to figure out who we are and what would actually make us happy. The motivation we need is within ourselves to become the best version of who we are.”
A photo posted by Morit Summers (@moritsummers) on May 27, 2015 at 4:05pm PDT
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