4 body positive activists who are making their mark on the world.
Social media is a very powerful thing. It has the ability to alter the way we perceive ourselves. For the most part, it can pose a fairly negative impact. Making us want to follow dangerous detox diets, invest in lip fillers and make us want to be somebody that we know we are not.
However, there are a group of activists out there who inspire us to be content in who we are and who we are born to be. They teach us to love our body for what it is. To only think of it as an amazing thing that lets you live your life. They are doing what they can to promote a body positive, diverse world where we are valued for our experiences, accomplishments and personality, not how much we weigh.
Body Positive influencers help us to recognise that all bodies are good bodies, all bodies are beach bodies and that all bodies are worthy and AMAZING.
They teach us to understand that not everyone is going to have a thigh gap, a completely fat stomach or abs and to help us realise that it’s okay if you don’t.
Sometimes we need to be reminded to treat our bodies with nothing but love and respect. To treat our bodies the way we would a friend. To stop worrying about how we can change it, fill it or shrink it.
There are so many social media activists out there who are doing exactly that, making it so hard to only pick 4. So here they are; my heros:
Jameela Jamil: (@iweigh, @jameelajamilofficial)
When you even think of the term ‘Body Positive’, this lady should be the first to pop up in your head.
Jameela has been in constant battle with the media and celebrities who use their platforms to promote toxic diet shakes and to promote unhealthy expectations around food and exercise culture. Jameela has also been endlessly criticised by the media for pointing out her body shape and size rather than focusing on her achievements as a radio host, activist and TV presenter.
She has lead activism campaigns and created her own Instagram channel @iweigh to spark change in diet culture and to help change the way that the media view and inspect women and men’s bodies. Just recently, Jameela was selected to feature in the September issue of Vogue, Guest edited by the Duchess of Sussex, speaking about activism and feminism.
Megan Jane Crabble: ( @bodiposipanda)
Megan Jane Crabble is a body positive activist and writer. From a young age Megan “absorbed the idea that being fat was bad.” She always knew that during primary school she was slightly chubbier than the other kids so vowed, at the young age of 10, to start dieting.
Living off of a handful of fruit a day, Megan battled with Anorexia Nervosa and dropped a significant amount of weight. She went to therapy sessions, doctors and psychologists however still continued to drop weight.
Eventually, she spent 10 months in hospital where her parents were told to say their final goodbyes as her organs were shutting down.
However, after seeing how distraught her parents were, Megan bounced back and found the reason to begin her fight in anorexia recovery. Now, she has over 1 million Instagram followers were she uses her platform to promote body positivity and to help men and women feel good in their bodies.
Gabi Gregg: (gabifresh)
Gabi Gregg is a body positive influencer, a designer, style influencer and blogger. Even though Gabi is considered plus size, she does not hold back in promoting the concept that all women should be able to wear bikinis, lingerie and crop tops; a.k.a typical garments designed for smaller women.
From gaining a mass amount of followers on her Instagram and blog site, Gabi now has her own swimwear and lingerie line for curvy women. Using this line, Gabi has often spoken up about the term fat-phobia to help move towards an anti-diet culture where all bodies are accepted in communities and given an equal chance.
Kenzie Brenna: (@kenziebrenna)
Kenzie committed her Instagram page to celebrating all body types and to promote body positivity. She often posts images of herself flaunting her stretch marks, cellulite and stomach to praise her (and other women’s) bodies and to try tackle body shaming in the media.
With the images, she shares words of wisdom to her 223k followers to emphasise that all bodies should be loved and to share an un-airbrushed, un-filtered image of herself.
It is activists and women like these who are so important to our society. They help us to step back and to realise that not everything we see in social media is real. They help us to accept ourselves and love ourselves for who we are. To acknowledge that whatever body we have is strong and beautiful and allows us to live our lives. And to help end a culture where we are seen for what is on the outside and ignored for what is on the inside.