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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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”