Body positivity as a concept celebrates every body type. It asserts that every person deserves to have a positive body image, regardless of how society and popular culture view ideal shape, size, and appearance. Not just that, it also condemns judgments that are often made based on race, gender, sexuality, and disability.
It encourages us to have a better relationship with our own bodies and appreciate them.
It started out with fat-shaming, which is a deep rooted and personal issue faced by many individuals in the society, primarily females. Body positivity has its roots in the fat acceptance movement of the late 1960s which focused on ending fat-shaming and discrimination based on size or body weight.
Body positivity can mean :
- Accepting and appreciating your body’s shape and size
- Enjoying the body you have as a gift despite of any flaws
- Feeling confident in your own skin
- Simply loving yourself
Over the years, Instagram has played a key role in promoting many social issues. It has given many individuals the confidence to put themselves out there for the world to see.
Body positivity as a concept has been appreciated and shared as a common ideal by people across the platforms. This cultural shift right in by social media has also transformed the way print publications like fashion and lifestyle magazines look at individuals.
Source: Vogue Magazine
In recent years, a number of magazines and companies have incorporated efforts to be more body positive in their publications and marketing efforts. They portray unfiltered, and real people in their features and in their campaigns to be more inclusive.
Here are 3 Indian influencers who have been constant allies in promoting and educating people about body positivity through their platforms :
We’d call her the ultimate queen of confidence because of the way she carries and accepts herself. Sakshi has made her mark through her mind blowing content in a place like Instagram where unrealistic beauty standards are spammed on your feed everyday.
She inspires her audience everyday to make a positive change and practice self-love.
She embraces her unique qualities and outshines all the negativity around. A constant reminder to accept and love yourself they way you are!
All we can say is “YAS QUEEN!” as we witness her break stereotypes with every post she puts out there!
Creating a safe space for women in all shapes and sizes, Aashna has been inspiring women across the globe. Starting her journey in 2014 from blogging as “Beyond the Bouffant”, she encourages her audience to enjoy fashion regardless of their shape, size, colour or appearance.
She preaches body positivity through her social media platforms and carefully places her content to stay true to her primary motive.
Her love for fashion started at a very young age seeing her grandmother who owned a boutique. Owing to her passion she studied fashion design and now her motive is to encourage designers to be more inclusive in creating sizes for plus size women.
If someone happens to tell her something like “this dress is not for you”, her reply would be “I don’t dress up for you, honey!” Mic drop, we’re fans!
Formerly and famously known as the “redheadwayfarer” Saloni Chopra has been a body positivity advocate for years. Saloni is known to speak her mind and has been more than vocal about issues and pressing matters. Her Instagram account is a testament to that.
She is strong, opinionated and takes a stand for everything she believes in. As a result, her Instagram captions are poured from her heart and speak the utmost truth about issues faced by many of us in the society. Saloni is unabashed, unapologetic and not afraid to be herself and her Instagram is a treat for her fans.
As for us, she truly is the Girl on top!
She has launched her own book “Rescued by a Feminist” which is packed with opinion pieces and personal anecdotes. Her book explores hard-hitting themes such as feminism in modern India, love, language, family, beauty, gender roles, abuse – all the while offering comfort and solace with bits of wit and humour sprinkled throughout.
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