In a world where Internet trolls like to spend their time tearing others down and where some of Hollywood’s top actresses and models use their fame to spread garbage advice about skinny teas and tonics, it can be a struggle to stay upbeat about our bodies. Fortunately, body-positive influencers all over the world are here to help. So much so that, if you search #bodypositive on Instagram, you’ll be met with over 13 million posts dedicated to spreading love and support for real bodies.
While finding as many body-positive influencers to follow will undoubtedly make your social media feeds a more positive place to spend your free time, actually scouring them out can be a bit of a process. To help fill your feed with relatable content creators and uplifting messages, ahead you’ll find 12 body-positive influencers to follow ASAP. And if you love what you see, be sure to click the little down arrow on their page to discover similar accounts with the same self-love message.
We are expected to be committed to weight loss, beauty standards, and being the “cool” down for whatever girl— But not create unhealthy weight control habits while consuming media where public figures who have society’s ideal beauty standard selling diet teas, fat loss pills, before and after photos, photoshop, all while they eat cheese burgers in bikinis like it’s nothing. It’s like we are living in a marathon being told there is a finish line just up ahead after losing the weight, but once we get there they tell us to run a different direction. And it never stops. Because there is no finish line up ahead. The finish line is your body right now, this very second, however it chooses to show up because your body is the least interesting thing about you. #normalizenormalbodies
A post shared by Mik Zazon (@mikzazon) on May 4, 2020 at 12:07pm PDT
A self-touted creator, speaker, and leader, Mik Zazon is a 24-year-old Instagram and TikTok star who urges (and grants permission to) followers to show up exactly as they are. She’s the millennial behind the trending hashtag #NormalizeNormalBodies, a social media movement that aims to put realistic body images back on social media. She’s the queen of posting (and embracing) cellulite, tummy rolls, and hip dips, not to mention side-by-side, self-love-centric comparisons of herself and other influencers wearing the same outfit to show that all bodies are beautiful. In other words, if you’re not following her yet, you know what to do.
Listen, our bodies were made to adapt.⠀ ⠀ Sometimes I recall how much smaller I was in my 20s and teens and have thoughts like, why did my body change so much?⠀ ⠀ We were never meant to have the same bodies as our 18, 21, 25 year old selves. ⠀ They change as we age.⠀ ⠀ They respond to stress.⠀ ⠀ They change throughout our monthly cycles.⠀ ⠀ They change with exercise.⠀ ⠀ They change without exercise.⠀ ⠀ But we cannot spend our lives wishing we had the bodies of our past. ⠀ Live. Your. Life.
A post shared by Tiffany Ima (@tiffanyima) on Jul 7, 2020 at 5:06am PDT
To help her followers embrace their body first and foremost, Tiffany Ima takes to Instagram to shed light on what she likes to call “Simple Body Confidence.” As a wellness content creator, she uses her page (which boasts over 50,000 followers) to point out simple facts and sentiments geared toward creating a healthier mindset—like the fact that skinny doesn’t always mean healthy and the idea that we are all more than a body. In addition to highly relatable pictures and words, Tiffany color-coats her feed in soothing pastels, making her guided self-love journey that much more welcoming to followers.
Me: *don’t say it don’t say it don’t say it* Also me: HEY all you cool cats and kittens!!!!!! Your butt is cute. You’re not just a snack. You’re the whole damn meal. 🔥 #happyfriday #allbootiesaregoodbooties
A post shared by Meg Boggs (@meg.boggs) on Apr 24, 2020 at 3:20pm PDT
Oftentimes people make assumptions about other people based on the appearance of their body. Meg Boggs is here to challenge that idea and remind everyone that you can be “strong, confident, and empowered at any size”—so much so that she wrote a book about it (Fitness for Every Body). Meg, who is a self-described athlete, advocate, and mother, is the creator of the #ThankYouBody movement on Instagram. She urges followers to appreciate their bodies and all that they can do, no matter their size.
Megan Jayne Crabbe
Summer body goal: remain the same wholesome snack I've been year round ✅🌞 • [Image description: Megan is lying down in the grass wearing a lilac velvet bikini, she's on her side and has used Scrabble letters to spell the words "summer body ready" across her stomach and thigh, with a few daisies scattered around] #bodyacceptance #allbodiesaregoodbodies #summerbody #bikinibody #goldenconfidence
A post shared by Megan Jayne Crabbe 🐼 (she/her) (@bodyposipanda) on May 20, 2020 at 8:36am PDT
Megan Jayne Crabbe’s ultimate goal—as described in her bio—is to try “to get people to be a bit kinder to themselves.” While her body-positive content garners thousands of likes each time she posts, she also uses her platform (where she has over 1.3 million followers) to spread awareness of anxiety and racial issues. Take one scroll through her page, and, if brightly-colored, body-positive messages are your thing, we bet you’ll click ‘follow.’
A post shared by N E L L Y L O N D O N (@_nelly_london) on Jul 5, 2020 at 11:00am PDT
Nelly London is a Brighton-based body-positive influencer who uses her page—which touts over 160,000 followers—to share how angles make a difference and self-love is of the utmost importance. If you’ve ever tried on a bathing suit or lingerie only to think it looks horrible, Nelly is here to remind you that the way you wear it makes all the difference in the world. She regularly posts side-by-side photos of herself wearing undies and leggings pulled up to her waist vs. down on her hips, along with close-up tummy shots, to share the idea that curves are something to be embraced, appreciated, and celebrated—not criticized and mocked. She even goes so far as to post her haters’ comments to remind followers that 1) other people’s opinions don’t matter, and 2) “You’re exactly where you need to be in this moment.”
Shana Minei Spence
Before and after photos, the 10 year challenge, getting back to the “original weight”, I could go on and on. I can’t even count the number of times someone has said they wished they looked like they did back in high school or in their 20s or 30s. Our bodies are going to change and look different. Spending energy on dieting to try to look the same as you did in your teens is not necessary and should not be done. Our bodies adapt to getting older especially with life events and stress. Yes you should still continue with a healthy diet and maybe add in more vitamins and minerals than you had when you were younger. Yes you should definitely continue to exercise in order to help prevent chronic illnesses and also for more energy. But changing your diet to get back into your high school jeans will be a wasted effort and an unnecessary one. PRO TIP 👉🏽👉🏽👉🏽 Focus on personal growth that does not include physical appearance. You should be evolving as a person. You shouldn’t be the same person you were years ago. Life is about constantly learning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #dietculture #dietculturedropout #dietculturesucks #progressnotperfection #progressoverperfection #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bodytrust #bodypeace #bodyrespect #bodyliberation #stopdieting #ditchthedietchallenge #dietician #rdn #rds #dietitiansofinstagram #rdsofinstagram #dietitianapproved #rdapproved #allbodiesaregoodbodies
A post shared by Shana Minei Spence,MS,RDN,CDN (@thenutritiontea) on May 21, 2020 at 7:12am PDT
Not only is Shana Minei Spence a body-positive, diet-culture-debunking activist, she’s also a registered dietician bringing research to back her claims. On her page, you’ll find her bright, smiling face accompanied by trendy letter boards covered in important messages that anyone struggling with self-love and body image should read. “This is your PSA that one style of eating that works for someone else may not work for you,” she shared in one post. “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but no one knows or cares what size your jeans are,” she wrote in another. Every day, Shana takes to the ‘gram to share health-centric self-love advice, so you’ll never be in short supply if her anti-diet approach resonates with you.
A post shared by Nicole Zajac (@nicolezaajac) on Jun 16, 2020 at 10:08am PDT
Love a little TMI with a touch of skin to boot? Then you’ll adore Nicole Zajac, who just so happens to call herself “your local TMI.” The influencer, who has over 50,000 followers, regularly shares photos of herself in bikinis, bike-short athleisure sets, and tummy-bearing ‘fits, all in the name of self-love. Got stretch marks? She uses her posts to remind followers that they’re not the enemy. Like to show a little skin? She also reminds followers that you don’t have to be modest to be respected. Gained weight? She urges people to remember that a spike on the scale will never change your worth. And the list goes on. The bubbly, often-all-smiles babe is just about as real as it gets on the ‘gram.
Don’t TRUST ‘before and after’ photos. They are SO DARN EASY to fake. And they often are - especially when it’s a brand trying to sell you some detox products or weird waist trainer or stupid diet tea. Here’s what I did: ➡️ Swapped swimsuit to something more sporty flattering. ➡️ Popped my hips in ALL of the afters. Just stood normally in the befores. ➡️ Worked my angles in the afters ➡️ Squeezed my core really tight in the afters. Again just stood normally in the befores. Just a lil reminder today: Don’t compare yourself to strangers on the internet. Your body is great. Your health is more important. And girl, social media is so rarely real - especially when there’s money involved. #socialmediavsreality #whstrong #bodypositive #bopo #normalizenormalbodies
A post shared by Danae | Angles + Self Love (@danaemercer) on Apr 18, 2020 at 7:55am PDT
Meet Danae Mercer. With over one million followers, the Middle East-based influencer and Cosmo ME and Women’s Health ME journalist uses her page to spread awareness about eating disorders, self-love, and the power (and deception) of angles. Her message? “Stop letting other people change the way you see yourself,” she writes on her Instagram page. As you scroll through her grid, you’ll notice her debunking "fitspo" photo techniques; empowering people with cellulite, stretch marks, and rolls; and overall being a light to guide others on their journeys toward self-love.
NAME AND SHAME My life on social media can be anything but glamorous. The trolls, the insults, the assumptions, the round the clock bullying. I wanted to take a minute to generally thank these people though. No sarcasm. Being bullied in school about my skin was horrible, and I NEVER dreamed of ever putting my condition out there for the world to criticise. But here I am. Thank you for showing me how strong I am and that words can be harmless. Thank you for giving me even thicker skin and also showing girls who follow me that your words mean nothing. I’m still here. And thank you for publicly advertising yourself as a keyboard warrior, gutless human and the weakest link. I’m not embarrassed about my eczema, cellulite, weight or scars. I’m embarrassed for YOU.
A post shared by KARINA🦄IRBY (@karinairby) on Jul 7, 2020 at 6:29pm PDT
If you love to laugh and appreciate influencers who post ultra-relatable body content, you’ll fall head over heels for the ever-hilarious Karina Irby. The Australian body-positive influencer is the founder of Moana Bikini and uses her platform of over 1.1 million followers to shed light on angles, eczema, bloating, stretch marks, cellulite, and the reality that we all fart from time to time. And, if you love her humor and appreciate influencers who don’t mind making fools of themselves, be sure to follow her comedic account, @karinairby_raw.
d R E A M E R and D O E R Doubt Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will!!🌞 #kennipowe #curvygirl #plusissaplus #atlanta #womenwithcurves #lanestyle #curvywomen #womenempowerment #womensfitness #power #curvyatlantamodel #europe #blackgirlmagic #newyork #plussizefashion #confidence #fashionnova #nyccurvemodel #bodypositive #beauty #covergirl #womensfitness #spring #fullfiguredfashion #explore #plusfashion #curveculture #celebratemysize #honormycurves #goldenconfidence #makeuptutorials
A post shared by Kenni Powe 🌞 (@kennipowe) on Mar 13, 2020 at 12:02pm PDT
Often mistaken for Lizzo, Instagram sensation Kenni Powe is a force to be reckoned with—and most definitely one to follow. She’s the founder of the social media movement Skinny Is Not a Compliment and uses her page to create and promote representation of curvy girls everywhere. And she’s not just an Instagram model! She’s worked with Lane Bryant, Forever 21, Sol de Janeiro, and many more.
These shorts used to fit me. Not only did they used to fit me... they used to be so loose on me I couldn’t walk a couple steps without them falling down. And now, well, now I can’t even get them up all the way - let alone button them. Does this suck? Honestly yep. It’s never fun putting on clothes that used to fit and finding out they no longer do. But I can’t allow this to break me. I’ve come too far to allow a pair of shorts to have control over my emotions, to let it dictate the rest of my day. So I tossed on some shorts that fit and moved on. Sounds simple right? It really isn’t. Because behind that decision was years of self work that led me to be able to do such a simple thing. It took making a conscious effort every single day to have more grace with myself. And if you feel like that’s an impossible task, trust me, you are beyond capable💖
A post shared by CHELSEA CULBERTSON✨ (@choosingchelsea) on May 23, 2020 at 10:13am PDT
Wish your Instagram feed was filled with ultra-supportive content instead of posts that urge you to shrink and compare? Follow Chelsea Culbertson to get all that and more. Chelsea refers to herself as a “healthy, happy, self-loved, curvy shorty” in her bio and uses her feed to encourage others to love themselves exactly as they are. She’s the queen of posting bikini pics, sharing angles that some influencers might urge you to smooth out, and reminds us all to appreciate and accept our bodies where they are in this moment. Oh, and in addition to being a body-positive hero, she’s a legitimate health hero too. All our love to this must-follow lady who works every day to keep those around her—both in person and online—physically and mentally healthy.
Sarah Nicole Landry
Love is an action. And sometimes a feeling. The very relationship with ourselves is not defined in a sudden moment of a swelling heart or overwhelming emotions. Rather, it is in the choices we make, as we action our love. Sometimes it’s peace-filled. Sometimes, it’s a rebellion.
A post shared by Sarah Nicole Landry (@thebirdspapaya) on Jun 25, 2020 at 6:41am PDT
Chances are, you’ve seen Sarah Nicole Landry pop up in your discovery feed at one point or another. The mother, writer, creator, and speaker boasts over 1.4 million followers on Instagram—and for good reason! After stepping away from an 11-year marriage, Landry took her three children and went out on her own to figure out this whole life thing—and she documented much of the process in tiny, square-shaped grid posts accompanied by eloquent captions and big messages that aren’t lost on her many, many followers. As her bio points out, Landry’s page is all about being “a journal of life and love after massive change.” If you follow her, you can expect to find both images and words that spread the message that we’re all more than our bodies, we’re stronger than we think, and we deserve more than we can imagine. Trust: She’s a true treat to follow.