THE 7 BODY POSITIVE & SELF LOVE FOCUSED INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW
Body positivity is a topic I have found myself diving into much more since I started blogging. It's an important part of the fashion conversation and world today so I wanted to share the voices in this space that inspire me. As always, would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
1. Stace A Lace (NY Legs) - This is one of my favorite accounts of all time. Stacey Baker is a New York based photographer who created a compilation of photos of women’s legs from around New York City. Her project started on a whim, but gained a massive following as she continued her efforts from the encouragement of co-workers. I appreciate that she highlights the full spectrum of body types that exist without calling attention to the fact that she is. Showing body diversity is her default mode. If you’re interested in learning more about Stacey, read the interview she gave on Lens Culture here.
2. The 12ish Style - This fashion blog is run by Katie Sturino, who focuses on introducing women who wear sizes 12-18 to fashion forward brands. (You might also know her as the mom of Toast, Muppet and Pants the Dog.) First off, I love the tag line for her Instagram “Size 12 living in a 2 size world”. I love the honesty of her voice in talking about her body. My favorite series that she did was called “#SUPERSIZETHELOOK” where she took celebrity outfits she liked and found similar styles in her size. In this blog post series, she admits her self doubt that certain outfits would work for her, and her pleasant surprise when they did look good. I appreciate her openness about feeling self conscious because it is something we all experience.
3. Isabel Foxen Duke - She was the one who inspired me to write my post “I am a Medium Sized Woman” based on the article she wrote for the Huffington Post a few years ago. If you have not read it yet, STOP everything and read it NOW. Isabel is a coach who helps women overcome the diet-binge cycle. She also has a blog on her website, which I enjoy reading because of her realistic attitude towards talking about weight. She primarily emphasizes that we all have a weight “setpoint”, which is the weight we naturally are when we are not in a diet/binge cycle. Overall, I appreciate that she brings a practical and understandable perspective to the body positive conversation.
4. Eff Your Beauty Standards - This Instagram account was founded by plus-sized model Tess Holliday. It’s a mixture of inspirational quotes and photos of real women and men who embrace their bodies. What I love about this account is that it shows a wide spectrum of body diversity. I appreciate that it emphasizes the beauty of all types of people and is inclusive of thin people in their posts. (In my opinion, the body positive movement should not be defined in opposition to anyone or shaming others, but rather recognizing the spectrum that exists.)
5. Healthy is the New Skinny - Founded by Katie H Wilcox, this Instagram account focuses on health, wellness, and self-love. I enjoy following this account because fitness is an important part of my life. What I love about this account is that it balances the importance of exercise from a health perspective and the goal of working towards self-confidence.
6. Ooh! What a Lovely Pear - This blog holds a special place in my heart because it’s devoted specifically to pear-shaped women. All the content on this blog comes from personal submissions or re-blogged posts, which I love because there is a realness and authenticity to it. Posts range from testimonials of women learning how to love their pear-shaped figures to fun outfit selfies. They recently re-launched their Instagram account, which you can follow along here.
7. Short & Tailor - Nyla is creator of a body positive blog, which is geared towards petite, plus-sized women. When I started blogging over a year ago, she was one of the first body positive accounts that I followed. What I love and appreciate about her Instagram account is her level of honesty. She’s able to completely put herself out there and reveal her true emotions towards difficult situations she’s faced. Furthermore, she does not accept things at face value, and is not afraid to speak her mind. I sincerely admire her realness.