If you haven’t already, right now is the time to unfollow ‘personalities’ with unrealistic and often unreal beauty shapes, (thanks to Photoshop). If you’re scrolling through these images and inevitably comparing their features to yours every day, it’s an involuntary form of brainwashing and a knock to your confidence.
Time for a reality check. We’ve sourced eight of the most beautiful, confident and stunning Instagram activists who bare (nearly) all to show us what real beauty looks like. That includes stretch marks, love handles, different proportions of the natural anatomy. Every single body is different and none are less beautiful than the rest.
Whether you’re petite and slim, curvy, tall or anything in between, all bodies glitter with a feminine beauty that we’re all blessed with. Follow these ladies and remind yourself of what true beauty looks like.
ASOS insider, Glossier BODY HERO campaigner and all-round bad-ass, Paloma Elsesser is a definition of strong beauty. She’s curvy in all the right places, has a smoking attitude and her modelling career is stopping for nobody. Catch her on the cover of i-D magazine, walking a runway or just out and about being edgy and cool.
Grace is a fierce force on the social media scene and it’s her exuberant confidence, candidness and beauty that strikes us most. She’s all about mindfully accepting the beauty of your body. Affirmations and self-care are Grace’s greatest lessons. We interviewed the amazing Grace last year, and she really is that beautiful on the inside as well as out!
Megan Jayne Crabbe
You may have seen Megan go viral on social media for her dancing video that took over a few months ago. We love her healthy and happy attitude to herself and admire her inner strength for beating anorexia. After years of hating her body, she is now in love with it and so are we!
DON'T ACT LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN A GODDESS OF SELF LOVE FALL FROM THE SKY ON VALENTINES DAY TO TELL ALL THE HUMANS TO EAT WHAT THEY WANT & EMBRACE THEMSELVESSSSS. 💃 Well, now you have 😉 go forth and give yourself all the love you deserve, with a bowl of fruit on the side. 🍎🍇🍊 Presenting a Linda Blacker Valentine's Fairytale. Head over to the incredible photographer @LindaBlacker's page to read the full fairy tale, and go check out my fellow goddesses' pictures @gracefvictory and @enamasiama as well! 💜💙💚🌈🌞 P.s. the lighting, colours and shadows on this shot have been edited to get the golden look Linda wanted, but as always body size/shape and face are untouched, just good lighting and make-up by @ashleighmua 😘🌸
Recently in the press for her #SaggyBoobsMatter campaign, South-London activist Chidera wears no bra with a whole-hearted confidence that we admire. She stands for natural women’s bodies in all their glory and advocates self-love for all.
ASOS Insider and trendsetter Sophia Tassew is a beautiful plus sized model who looks fabulous in everything. She preaches to her followers that your mindset is key to loving your body and you deserve to love the skin you’re in.
I saw this slip on the curve section in @asos and felt really overwhelmed. This time a year ago I would have completely scrolled passed because apparently someone of my size shouldn’t be wearing something like that. I grew up without seeing women like me in clothes like this and this year that HAS to change. I am now in a space where if I see something cute, I’m getting it because I deserve it. It has taken me years to love myself like this but I am free. I can do what I want and nobody can stop me. Side note: I’ve received tons of messages from people showing me items of clothing they don’t usually buy. Lingerie, vests, dresses, skirts, even guys showing me being comfortable in showing stretch marks. I’d love to put all of these somewhere because they deserve to be heard. If you have made a recent purchase or decided to wear something differently please DM me with a picture and a backstory. Thank you all for being so open, honest and supportive ❤️
Naomi is a healthy, happy and beautiful size 16 and slams the fashion industry for their representation and stigma against plus size. The majority of women are, what the fashion industry would label, “plus size,” so greater representation is really important. Scroll through Naomi’s photos and realise that her figure is fabulous and so is yours.
From Atlanta, Georgia, Precious Lee is every bit the super model. She was the first black plus size model to ever feature in American Vogue for a #PlusIsEqual advertising campaign. Since then she’s done lingerie shoots, catwalk and so much more.
Britain’s first Asian plus size model is the embodiment of evolving beauty standards. Being of mixed heritage, she confidently represents plus size Asian women from many different backgrounds and reevaluates what the norm of “beauty” means in Asian communities.
Featured image of Grace F Victory by JKG Photography