If you want to achieve something, the type of people you are surrounded with is always a crucial factor. Nowadays, it works for social media as much as it does in reality. We are therefore sharing an article from InStyle.com about 13 Instagram body positivity advocates that will help you towards learning how to love your own body, no matter how it looks like.
These models, bloggers, activists, and designers are looking to disrupt the decade-long status quo on how attractive women are supposed to look like – and not only on Instagram! Many have been part of influential fashion shows and magazines which means they are slowly but surely succeeding in their mission. But there’s more you will find on their Instagram feeds: from professional photographs to behind the scenes shots, and more importantly – tons of humor.
1. Denise Bidot (@denisebidot)
There Is No Wrong Way to Be a Woman: this attention-grabbing slogan launched by Bidot last year grew into a website and then a movement about celebrating individuality. The former makeup artist has also blazed a trail across the runways at New York Fashion Week over the past two years: The Chromat and Serena Williams collections were her first. On her profile, you’ll find empowering statement Ts, outfits of the day, and pre-photo-shoot pics, but you will also see this single mom in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue with her stretch marks unretouched, an implicit message to women to embrace their unique beauty no matter what imperfections they might believe they have.
2. Georgina Burke (@missgeoburke)
Known as the first-ever official face and brand ambassador for the Torrid clothing line, the Aussie model is also featured in the documentary Straight/Curve, which focuses on the female body image and how models are helping redefine society’s beauty standards. She loves posting about her Wheaten Terrier, Auzwald, but you can also see her working out at the Dogpound in Brooklyn or riding horseback, as she used to compete in equestrian sports.
3. Clémentine Desseaux (@bonjourclem)
Desseaux is most widely known as “the first plus girl on TV in France” after appearing in a popular commercial, but she’s done much more since. She co-founded the body-positive advocacy campaign @allwomanproject whose idea is showing the industry that a group of women from different ethnicities, ages, and sizes can be successfully represented in the same ad campaign. She also runs a brand strategy agency that helps fashion clients with art direction, production, and brand identity. On Instagram, the budding chef and foodie offers dishes from her own kitchen with follow-along videos and recipes, which she posts on her lifestyle blog, Bonjour Clem.
4. Alessandra Garcia Lorido (@alessandragl)
Andy Garcia’s daughter is proud to flaunt the body she got from her mother María Victoria Lorido, as she says in Lane Bryant’s “This Body” campaign. In addition to strutting her stuff on Christian Siriano’s fall runway show in New York and Dolce & Gabbana in Milan this year, she is also part of a group of models fighting against the prevalence of eating disorders in their industry along with the Model Alliance and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). She likes to share post-grooming shots of her dog, Stella, who is also an Instagram star in her own right and has co-starred in a Tegan and Sara music video for their song “100x.”
5. Gabi Gregg (@gabifresh)
The former InStyle contributor, style blogger, model, and designer collaborated with Swimsuits for All on a GabiFresh swimwear line in 2013, and her popular “fatkini” collection has created a lot of buzz with its new campaign, “New Year, Same You.” She is a high-profile advocate for high-end designers recognizing women of all sizes and the press love her. Along with two other influences, she was consulted by Target on the development of its new plus size Ava & Viv collection for whose 2015 fall lookbook she modeled herself. That same year, she became Asos’ face for their fall campaign and lookbook.
6. Tess Holiday (@tessholiday)
The redhead started a body-positive movement with the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards in 2013, and two years later she was on the cover of People magazine, which dubbed her the world’s first size-22 supermodel. Last spring, Time magazine put her on its list of the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet. And this past December, Holliday participated in a re-creation of the iconic Victoria’s Secret fashion show with women of all sizes walking the runway in lingerie by Curvy Couture. She now runs her own fashion line, Mblm by Tess Holliday, in collaboration with Canadian retailer Pennington’s.
7. Candice Huffine (@candicehuffine)
On Instagram, Huffine loves showing off her easygoing personality, but don’t be fooled: The Lane Bryant model means business. She recently collaborated with fashion-forward brand Universal Standard on the “Candice” T for their Tria collection, and several months ago, she launched Project Start (@psyougotthis), an effort to galvanize women to begin a running journey, similar to the one she started about a year ago. Now, after running in some races with the help of friends and her husband, Candice is on a mission to show women that the size of your body does not determine your ability to do any kind of exercise.
8. Sabine Karlsson (@thesabinakarlsson)
Karlson is known for gracing the runways of Addition Elle, J.Crew, and Christian Siriano, as a U.K. size 6 model, before rejecting the rigid body standards that modeling requires – or at least required at the time. Ten years after she had been a contestant on Scandinavia’s Top Model, she appeared on the TV show as a guest judge, and last year, she was featured in the book and photo exhibition Diverse Beauty, by photographer Alexi Lubomirski. She was one of the faces of the indie beauty line Milk Makeup, before Maybelline tapped her to do a campaign for its “Break the Mold” lipstick ads. Karlsson is now one of the faces of L’Oréal Paris’s new True Match “Your Skin, Your Story” campaign.
9. Precious Lee (@preciousleexoxo)
Lee is often spotted modeling for brands like Addition Elle and Christian Siriano, and she is also one of the faces of Lane Bryant’s three most empowering campaigns, “I’m No Angel,” “Plus Is Equal,” and “This Body.” She made history with the latter by appearing in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue across three pages of the famous magazine. She is also among the models highlighted in the Straight/Curve documentary.
10. Shay Neary (@shadeyshay)
Neary has been modeling for only about a year, but she has already gone from strength to strength. Last year, she became the first plus size transgender model to be featured in a clothing campaign with Coverstory, an online retailer curating fashion for women sizes 10 to 28. Neary’s feed is full of red hair, fake nose rings, and photos of her lovable rescue pup pitbull, Pumpkin. Follow her journey as she promotes self-acceptance, the idea that we all deserve to be seen, and the conviction that every story matters.
11. Bo Stanley (@bostanley)
1/99 times its not workout clothes , wetsuits and fitness But really , so glad “athleisure” and these one piece rompers that babies wear too are now a suitable way to dress day to day because my body does not like jeans . The thigh game is too strong …Any of you ladies feel me on that one?!! #rompersforthewin #athleteproblems #strongisbeautiful
Though she never made it past the first night, this surfer, model, and yoga enthusiast earned bragging rights appearing as the first non-straight-size contestant on The Bachelor. She has also appeared in ads for Lane Bryant, Athleta, and Vanity Fair’s sports collection, and has battled dedicatedly against the idea that only surfers of a certain size should be sponsored and featured in ad campaigns. Although she works out to be healthy and strong, Stanley rejects the idea that women should feel pressured to exercise in order to change their body in the pursuit of some beauty ideal. She uses her platform to dispel that myth and promote the notion that “health and beauty come in many shapes and sizes.”
12. Danielle Van Grondelle (@daniellevangrondellemodel)
Printqueen and sneakerhead for life @everydaypplnyc #printqueen #yesmonkistyle #sneakerhead #baesmentapproved #whatwewearonweekends #curvymodel #plusmodel #curvesarein #curvesfordays #celebratemysize #pmmlovemybody #stylelook #standout #bedaring #daniellevangrondelle #thickfit #thisbody #dvgstyle #stylishmodel #honormycurves #standardrooftop #everydaypplla #daniellevangrondellemodel #jordan11 #chickswithkicks #dvgsworld #teamcurvy
Like Sabina Karlsson, this Dutch beauty also worked as a straight-size model but at some point decided not to conform to the industry’s strict standards. Since then she has walked the runways for Rachel Roy and Macy’s. This past November, she spoke about her experience at a special women’s event for Tedx Rotterdam. The self-dubbed sneakerhead and print queen likes to post shoe selfies and look-of-the-day shots of herself in outfits pulled from her extensive wardrobe of geometric, abstract-patterned clothes.
13. Laura Wells (@iamlaurawells)
In addition to modeling lingerie for Australian company Berlei, this model is also an environmental scientist who is encouraging women to love Mother Earth as well as their bodies. She has designed an eco-friendly curvy line for Koru Swimwear and was featured in the documentary A Perfect 14. Her feed includes snapshots of her adventures hiking, scuba diving alongside seals and manatees, and taking selfies with dolphins. Her self-deprecating humor and zeal for #protectwhatyoulove and #protectyourplayground are contagious.