Maybe it’s that everyone’s new year’s resolutions are seriously failing (as expected) or maybe there has been a serious improvement in eradicating body-shaming. Whatever it is (I really hope it’s the latter), here are three body-positive stories you need to read, now:
Self-loving NSFW photos by women, of women, for women:
Toronto photographer Jennifer Toole and Australian actress Caitlin Stasey launched “Herself:” An online nude photo gallery that features women of all sizes, ages, ethnicities and gender identities.
Complete with interviews, this photo series invites all women to take part in an attempt to showcase unconventional beauty and put an end to body-shaming.
“Herself is a gesture to women for women by women; a chance to witness the female form in all its honesty without the burden of the male gaze, without the burden of appealing to anyone. These women are simply and courageously existing, immortalized within these photos. Within their words, their experiences and stories are offered on Herself in the hopes of encouraging solidarity – that maybe we as women will take comfort in the triumphs of others rather than revelling in each other’s defeats. Let us reclaim our bodies. Let us take them back from those who seek to profit from our insecurity.” – Caitlin Stasey
Carolyn Kylstra, Health Editor of BuzzFeed, published an amazing list called “19 Badass Instagrammers Who Prove Yoga Bodies Come In All Shapes and Sizes.”
This list features 19 women from all over North America who have taken up yoga, are yoga instructors, are self-taught yoginis and/or are mind-body experts who not only love the skin they’re in, but invite others to join in on their #curvyyoga journey. Check out the list, here.
A healthy weight can be subjective:
Just by reading this article published on the New York Post‘s website on January 18, you know there is such a thing as fat-shaming. Perhaps you’ve experienced it personally or know someone who has. Perhaps you’re someone who thinks a healthy weight reflects exactly what body mass index guidelines do or perhaps you’re someone who eats well, exercises regularly and is still considered overweight.
Plus-size model Ashley Graham shared her super empowering thoughts on loving your body, no matter the size, in Net-A-Porter‘s cover story. She advocates that regardless of your pant or dress size, you can be healthy as long as you care about your body. Graham, herself, is a size 14 whose weight always fluctuates 10 to 15 pounds.
Have you heard body-positive stories you want to share? Do you have a personal story you want to have heard? Let us know! Leave a comment.