In this day and age, it can be difficult to cope with our differing shapes and sizes. Clothes are made cookie cutter to fit specific types of people, models are exclusively size zero and air brushed to perfection, and celebrities’ styles and aesthetics are expertly managed at exorbitant rates. That can leave we normal folks feeling a little less than.
If you’ve been down in the dumps about the way you look lately, it’s time for a change! Surround yourself with positivity and you, too, will become positive! To that end, we’ve put together a list of the best Instagrams out there with a focus on body positivity.
If you’re not familiar with American Eagle’s lingerie brand aerie, it’s about time that you get acquainted. Since 2014, aerie has been running their “Aerie Real” campaign in an attempt to promote body positivity: they’ve stopped using supermodels in their photo shoots and cut out image modification on their photos. Their models come in all shapes, colors and sizes, meaning that just about anybody can find a model that represents them at aerie, making their Insta a winner.
Project HEAL is the largest nonprofit organization in the US that offers prevention, treatment financing, and recovery support for people who suffer from eating disorders. They’re an amazing organization fighting against a serious problem that plagues not just the United States, but the entire world. As you might expect, their Insta is the Holy Grail for positive imagery, uplifting words and nevertheless the thoughtful quotes. If you aren’t subscribed, you need to be!
Proud2BMe is an online community for teens that focuses on body positivity and self-acceptance. Their Insta is a really awesome source of positive quotes and images that are sure to put a smile on your face. In particular, if you’re a young person, Proud2BMe’s Insta has a ton of awesome body-normalizing posts. It also includes affirming messages that will brighten your day as well as make you happy.
Joanna Thangiah is an artist who produces work centered around feminist ideals and promoting self-esteem. Her comic strips are wonderful little slices of humor, self-love and acceptance, as well as being queer- and trans-friendly. There are a lot of great pro-body and self-acceptance artists out there, but Joanna’s Insta is full of really amazing comments AND awesome merch that’s sold on her store. You can sub, learn to love yourself, and get an awesome tee shirt all at the same time! What’s not to like?
Nourish and Eat is an excellent Insta focused on recovering after surviving an eating disorder. It’s like a small community, with tons of commenters and participants discussing their own challenges with eating disorders. They frequently share inspirational quotes and art, as well as personal discussions and coping mechanisms and tools to help people who are trying to recover from an eating disorder.
The Body Book is a supplemental Insta account made for Cameron Diaz’s book, The Body Book. But it’s also so much more than that! It regularly shares funny pictures, inspirational pictures as well as testaments about leading a healthier and happier life, recipes, exercise tips, and so much more!
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@camerondiaz: “Reading isn’t going to make the difference, but applying what you learned from your reading a little bit everyday is how you accomplish your health goals.” @simply.krista has the right idea – digging in, absorbing the information, and then applying the knowledge to fit her lifestyle. Is there a book(s) that has had a major impact on you reaching your goals this year? ✨ (P.S. This combo would be a great holiday gift) 🎁😉💗
Pizza and Positivity is an awesome Insta run by a body positive blogger turned young adult novelist. Her Insta is a wealth of body positivity and on the other hand awesome shares of pictures of food and nerd culture-related posts! She regularly shares posts and pictures promoting an appreciation of women with larger figures, so if you’re a plus-size gal, you’ll surely love the wonderful pictures of happy, healthy women she shares!
The Self Love Project’s Insta is an amazing resource for beautiful, inspiring pictures. They’re a non-profit organization geared towards empowering young women loving, trusting and nurturing themselves. They regularly post thoughtful images with wonderful quotes in them that will brighten up your day, as well as make you feel much better about yourself!
There you have it! Those are the best Instagram accounts out there focused on body positivity. If you’re in need of a little love and self-nurturing, these are some of the hot spots to get it from!