Scrolling through the body-positive hashtag on Instagram, you'll see mirror selfies, swimsuit pics, and side-by-side comparisons. But one body-positive blogger wants to make sure the classic "underwear selfie" is getting the attention it deserves. Instagrammer Jasmine Grimes (follow her at @myssematch) recently uploaded a picture of herself in an underwear set and used the post's caption to explain the importance of underwear selfies—especially as far as plus-size women are concerned.
"Over the last few weeks, I have seen so many people discount the importance of a good underwear selfie, and I don't think that's right," Grimes writes in her caption. "Photos have the ability to change and shape people's perceptions of things, which is why more visibility of fat bodies is so important." Grimes says there's "something magical" about women embracing their bodies and wearing the clothes they want to wear—regardless of their body type—because it can inspire others to do the same.
"If a single image can change people's perceptions, then what do you think a photo of a fat girl in lingerie can do?" she writes. "I used to scour Instagram for photos women who had my body type showing it off because it inspired me to do the same. It allowed me to see someone with stretch marks and cellulite, and rolls and say 'I look like that too.' It's important for people to see themselves represented so that way we can encourage the next generation to be more unapologetic than the last."
See Jasmine Grimes' Instagram post in full here.
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