I am all in for body positivity. The people who inspire me the most is not the ones with the thinnest, most muscly, least fat, most something else, least something else bodies. It’s those who inspire people to be positive, to be the best version of themselves – to strive for a healthy mind and body.
UPDATE 23-02-2016: I’m sorry the formatting of this post has become a complete mess after moving the blog.
It’s those who realize that everyone deserves respect no matter what they look like.
Here’s some of the people I think rocked at being body positive in 2015.
Matt Joseph Diaz
I’ve followed Matt on tumblr for a while now, and he’s amazing. In march he posted a video showing his excess skin following a 270 lbs weight loss. But he isn’t just inspirational because of the viral video – he is an advocate for body positivity and self love and is continuing to make helpful videos and blog posts. He’s very eloquent his thoughts are worth listening to.
The Dancing Man
In a better world this story wouldn’t exist. The Dancing man was shamed online by group of people “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.“. Before you lose all faith in humanity, you should see how people responded – especially a group of 1700 women in LA who threw him a dancing party!
Anyone know this man or who posted this? There's a huge group of ladies in LA who would like to do something special pic.twitter.com/DGbu3AXOrB
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) March 5, 2015
By the way, his name is Sean
Valerie – Big Gal Yoga
There’s isn’t a single event that makes Valerie awesome. She is that by showing you that you can be big, do yoga – AND be amazing at it. She often hosts monthly yoga challenges, and her beautiful pictures continue to motivate and inspire me.
Since yoga teacher training is coming up soon, I want to make sure I practice everyday till then. My body feels a bit tight right now, especially my backbends. So I wanted to do another #SelfLovingYogis backbend challenge from December 1st-14th. In the next day I'll post a flyer. Top by @Prana 🍃 Leggings by @fractal.9 💜
Jessica Kane is on this list for not being brave. She excellently explains why she shouldn’t be called brave in her instagram post below
THIS WAS NOT BRAVE. I've been told how brave I am for not having a coverup, but going with out a wrap would only take bravery if I cared what others thought of me, but I don't. I spend my time worrying about things I CAN control and this day, I was only thinking about how fab I felt and how much sun I was catching ☀️👍 Things that DO take bravery? A family battling tragic illness, a mother trying to beat addiction, a person trying to break free of domestic violence, reaching out for help when you have already planned your suicide and feel like you can't breath one more day. THAT is brave. Not wearing a swimsuit at the beach. LIVE life and only worry about what really matters 💯. EDIT // can't believe the support and attention brought to this and thank you from bottom of my heart in helping spread the message to be human shouldn't be brave and to say so diminishes your value and theirs. Join in by sharing your picture with #thisisntbrave. And thank you fellow curvy pioneer @themarcyminute for taking this pic! 👉And keep up with my body diversity mission as I take over as Creative Director of Cool Gal Blue…full deets on my blog ❤️. Xo www.lifeandstyleofjessica.com
Erica Schenk & Womens Running
You can be fat, exercise and look fab at the same time. Hopefully that doesn’t come as a surprise to you. But for some reason, the women featured on the cover of fitness magazines are always very slender. Thankfully, Women’s Running changed that by featuring Erica Schenk on the cover of their august issue. More of that, thanks!
— Women's Running (@WomensRunning) July 16, 2015
An honourary mention goes out to the fabulous Gabourey Sidibe.
This list is far from complete – each day there is more and more people rocking body positivity. There’s still a long way to go, but I still hope that someday the body positivity movement won’t be a movement any more – because it will be so ingrained in the way we think. There’s always a reason to hope, right?
Who do you think should be added to this list? Let me know in the comments!