Top 10 Body Positivity Influencers For Every Body Type
Social media has often been to blame for the decline in body confidence and self-esteem, but between the doom and gloom are there any influencers that can make a positive influence? In short, yes! Shining with confidence and self-love, below are the Instagram accounts you need to follow.
1. Megan Jayne Crabbe
I have never felt more powerful or more at peace with my body than I do right now. And you know what? I deserved this all along. ????? Photo by the incredible @alex_cameron ✨ • [Image description: Megan is sat on a wooden stool against a grey and pink floral backdrop. She's wearing a black full length chemise, black lipstick and smiling into the distance while playing with her hair] #bodypositive #edrecovery #bodyacceptance #goldenconfidence #bodyconfidence
Megan Jayne Crabbe is an icon of the body positivity movement. After suffering from Anorexia, Megan turned her life around to become happier, healthier and more positive about her own body, she has shared her experience on the Today show and in People, Teen Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. On her Instagram page, Megan promotes the acceptance of stomach rolls and cellulite, normalising such aspects in the face of Photoshop and Facetune. She has also published a book, which takes her passion for self-acceptance even further.
2. Iskra Lawrence
Always #AerieReal even after over 5years, look how far we’ve all come I couldn’t be more proud❤️ @aerie love you and thank you for changing my life and the whole industry ? there’s always more work to be done and we are ready for it all✨? Aerie girls are always #unretouched #allbodiesaregoodbodies #everyBODYisbeautiful #everybodyisabikinibody #noretouch #nophotoshop
British model, Iskra Lawrence, is leading the fight against Photoshop. Throughout her career, Iskra has featured in many modelling campaigns that celebrates the many forms of the female body, one of which being The New American Jean by American Eagle Outfitters, which published completely unretouched images. A campaigner for body positivity Iskra rejects the term “plus-size”, instead, presenting the female body as uncategorizabe; earning her a place as one of BBC’s World’s 100 Women. Iskra refuses to alter her own photos and encourages others to do the same.
3. Mama Cāx
If Game Of Thrones had sparkles . Me looking at my crutches on the ground and out of frame knowing full well I can’t walk without them. ??♀️ . Many of my crutch user followers often ask about why I don’t photograph with my crutches? If I was ashamed of them? If I don’t use them all the time? Your questions shall be answered- In my early adult years, I was ashamed of them but not anymore, I use them full time except for when I’m home hopping to the fridge for snacks. They are rarely photographed because they are accessories sus ??♀️ can’t be seen with the same accessories in every pic. #mamacax #beckywiththeoneleg ______________________________________________
After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 14, Mama Cāx was able to keep her life at the expense of losing her right leg.
Prevalent on social media, Mama blogs about travel, beauty and, most importantly, inspiring those who follow her. Mama embraces her scars as a part of her journey, a consequence of a disease that tried to take her life but failed.
Mama’s approach to having a prosthetic, turning it into an opportunity for art, has landed her features in TeenVogue, Cosmopolitan, Essence Magazine and Glamour where she dismantles the misconceptions surround amputees.
4. Tatyana McFadden
I promise that I will post about the race soon! It was soooo exciting and a wild ride. Getting second today in the World Championship @londonmarathon for @teamusa was an honor ?. Thank you @sussexroyal @kensingtonroyal for all of your support in para sports and huge congratulations to you and your family. #thanksabillion
Tatyana McFadden was born with Spina Bifida, a congenital disorder that paralyzed her from the waist down. Abandoned by her mother at birth, she grew up in an underprivileged orphanage that couldn’t afford a wheelchair, so Tatyana learned to move around on her hands.
However, despite her unfortunate beginnings, Tatyana turned her life around through determination and perseverance, until she was 17-time Paralympic medalist. Through social media, Tatyana continuously proves to her followers what she is capable of, and encourages people to believe that they too are capable of succeeding no matter what holds them back.
Celebrating Body Hair
5. Harnaam Kaur
When we think of body positivity, Harnaam Kuar is one of the first people to spring to mind.
Diagonised with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a condition which causes an imbalance of hormones in the body, Harnaam was mocked from an early age for the excessive hair on her face. Now, she wears her beard with pride, building a career off of the hat.
In 2016, Harnaam became the first woman with a beard to walk at London Fashion Week. Harnaam is the epitome of body confidence, which shines through her online presence.
6. Morgan Mikenas
"There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty."~Steve Maraboli ?✨ Not just woman, but everyone! Imagine if everyone just decided that today was the day they loved themselves and embraced every part of them selves. Accepting and loving your body and your "flaws" because you know they are what makes you who you are. If you are focused on being true to yourself in every moment, you are less concerned what others think, which will lead to peace of mind. When you have nothing to hide and you can freely be yourself, there is a profound peace/confidence you will emanate to the world that will inspire others. ✨???I also just posted a new YouTube video on why I don't shave my body hair and how it helped me(link in bio)☺ #bodypositive #spreadlove #behappy #namaste #hairywomen #healing #healthylifestyle #selfcare #loveyourself #beyourself #bethechange #divine #inspireothers #inspirationalquotes #positivity #goodvibesonly #lifeisbeautiful #hairy #gratitude #weareone #higherconsciousness #freespirit #empowerment #smile #feelgood
Morgan Mikenas is the living embodiment of natural beauty after she proved to the world that body hair doesn’t equal unattractiveness. Though she doesn’t assume that humanity will suddenly give up their razors, Morgan does want to encourage a kinder approach to body hair, tackling the stigma that women need to be cleanly shaven.
Through her social media, Morgan is a fitness vlogger who candidly discusses her relationship with her body and normalises natural beauty. After being bullied relentlessly, Morgan turned it around to promote self-acceptance.
7. Tao Porchon-Lynch
At 100 years old, Tao Porchon-Lynch is not your regular Yoga instructor. Through her influential Instagram page, Tao promotes a healthy lifestyle that improves longevity - evidently, she knows what she is doing.
Despite her age, Tao teaches six to eight classes a week in New York, and leads programs across the globe, influencing others to adopt a healthier lifestyle of self-love and mindfulness. Today, Tao encourages breaks down the ageist mindset surrounding athleticism, promoting instead that age shouldn’t stop you from following your passion.
8. Allie Kieffer
What if we fueled our ambitions rather than starved for our goals? What could we achieve if we fed our dreams? . . What if we worked to grow strong instead of focusing on losing weight? What habits would we procure if we focused on gaining something rather than losing? . . Could we be an example of confidence and strength? Could we reinvigorate lost aspirations? Could we inspire young girls to be unapologetically themselves? . . I’m not the exception, I’m the rule. Let’s break misconceptions and inspire the next generation. Because, together we’re a force???♀️ . . ?: @ufnoof . . #strongnotskinny #headupwingsout #runlikeagirl #beyou #notdefinedbysize #irunthisbody
If Allie Keiffer’s Instagram proves anything, it is that athletic body types are beautiful, and femininity comes in many forms.
At the beginning of her career, Allie was pressured into dieting to meet a preconceived idea of how female athletes should look, which ultimately caused her body to break down. After building herself back up, Allie ran the New York City Marathon and finished, astonishingly, in fifth place.
Her Instagram highlights how when a woman’s body is valued for what it can do rather than what it looks like, incredible things can happen.
Celebrating Skin Conditions
9. Winnie Harlow
As a victim of bullying, Winnie Harlow understands what it means to be discriminated against. Since then, she has turned the hateful comments of “cow” and “zebra” into a celebration of her unique, beautiful skin colour.
Now a famous supermodel, Winnie’s used her Instagram to normalise the condition Vitiligo. Thanks to her unapologetic posts that proudly showcase her body from head to toe, she really has made a huge impact in the fashion world and is a leading advocate for body positivity.
10. Em Ford
Em Ford is redefining beauty. As a beacon of confidence and self-love, Em shows that adult acne is completely normal and always beautiful.
When she started her Instagram account back in 2014 she was just looking for an outlet from her day job, however, little did she know that a year later she would develop severe acne. After addressing some of the negative comments that she received through a stylistic video, millions of people viewed her plea and became firm supporters of the young model. Em has one message; adult acne is nothing to be ashamed of.
Celebrating Male Bodies
11. Kelvin Davis
As a symbol of male body positivity, Kelvin Davis is an icon of loving your curves no matter what gender you are.
Kelvin regularly posts on social media with the intention of normalising self-love for men and tackling the topic of toxic masculinity so common in our society today. His posts are stylistic and shining with confidence, as a proud feminist Kelvin is breaking down barriers imposed upon men to be unfeeling and constantly “perfect”. Kelvin’s intention is clear, everyone deserves to feel body positive.
12. Chris Mosier
For 29 years of my life, I didn't want to be in pictures because what was reflected back to me was not the way I felt or the way I saw myself. I struggled with that for a really long time - not even wanting to be in photos at all. And so now, to be at a point where I not only want to be in photos but with no clothes in photos is tremendous. . I think in seeing those photos, I had a couple of "Oh s---!" moments where the person I saw in those photos is exactly the person I want to be. I think for many years I felt betrayed by my body, because the way I envisioned it when I was a child was not the way it ended up to be. . But it is now. And it is such a wonderful feeling to be who you know you were meant to be. . @photoville LA is celebrating Ten Years of the @espn Body Issue with a photo exhibit at @annenbergspace in Los Angeles on April 26-28 and May 2-5. If you’re in LA, check out my big naked moment and the other incredible athletes in the past 10 years of the Body Issue. . Photo by @benedict_evans Grooming by @brandiebeauty Text partially from @espn interview with Christina Kahrl . https://photoville.la/ten-years-of-the-espn-body-issue/ . #transathlete #transgender #trans #ftm #transisbeautiful #bodyissue #espnbodyissue #espnmag #nude #nudeportrait #blackandwhite #chrismosier #ftmfitness #wontbeerased #thisiswhattranslookslike #transmenofig #transmenofinstagram #duathlete #triathlete #cyclist #runner #teamusa #abs #topsurgery #photoville #photography #nodaysoff #nobaddays
Chris Mosier is a proud transgender athlete, who is candid and open about his transition on social media and advocate for LGBT+ rights.
After giving up his top ranking in the women's category, Chris became the person he was always meant to be and received an overwhelmingly positive reception from fans and fellow athletes alike.
After transitioning, Chris vowed to become the kind of role model he needed when he was younger, to support the generation to come. Chris is a symbol of the different shapes and sizes that men come on, tackling the toxic masculinity ingrained in society.