15 Body Positivity & Self-Love Accounts to Follow On Instagram

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Whether you're looking for a little more inspiration to celebrate your body or wanting a little more realness about self-love in your feed, these 14 accounts Instagram accounts definately deserve a follow.

@selfloveclubb

Milly's account is all about mental health and chronic illness awareness, while also promoting self-love.  On her feed, you can expect plenty of reassuring words and different interpretations of what beauty looks like.

Let's talk tagged photos. How many times has seeing a picture of yourself that someone else took thrown you down the body hate rabbit hole? I remember a time when seeing 'your friend has tagged you in a new photo' would make my stomach hit the floor. I would drop everything and rush to untag it. The only version of myself I wanted people to see was the carefully selected, highly edited, what I believed to be the most 'flattering' (read: thin) version. I was so convinced THAT was the only version of my reflection worth seeing, and what other people thought of it, was everything. These pictures are both me. On the same day. In the same clothes. Neither one represents me more or less than the other. Neither one is better or worse. But I know that's hard to believe about yourself. I know that when you see a photo of yourself the first thing you do is zoom in on all the parts you believe aren't good enough. That's why we struggle with pictures taken of us while we're just living - we weren't able to minimize those parts in advance. But the next time, before you zoom in, I want you to try something. Zoom out. To the whole picture. I want you to remember what that photo was for. It wasn't for the cover of a magazine. You weren't expected to look like an airbrushed supermodel. It was taken to capture a moment. That's it. How your hair looked or the size of your body doesn't matter. Remember how you felt. Remember that sight, that smell, that feeling, that joy. Remember the living. Zoom out (swipe...) and you'll see that the whole picture tells a much more important story than how you looked. And that every version of you is worthy of being seen. πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸŒˆπŸŒž

@bodyposipanda

Megan is the author of the bestselling book "Body Positive Power", which takes on the diet industry and helps readers work towards a place of freedom and confidence. This same vibe is reflected throughout her Instagram account, and Megan is refreshingly honest about her own struggles while still uplifting her audience.

@Iskra

Iskra is a model for Aerie, a brand which celebrates women's real, untouched bodies, and is also an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Her gorgeous feed shares this journey shes on, along with plenty of awesome outfit inspiration.

@katiehwillcox

Katie Willcox is the founder of Healthy is the New Skinny, a movement that honours authentic health and wellness and works to empower women. On her personal page, you can follow her journey as a speaker and mom looking to promote body positivity.

A few weeks ago, I made a story talking about how I feel less connected to the body positive community on insta. After talking to some of you and reflecting on it on my own, I realized a few things: πŸ¦„ although I felt more disconnected in the Instagram community, I felt more connected, educated about and aligned with the movement in my real life- which, without a doubt, is more important. πŸ¦„ I was taking up way too much space! Of course my young, thin, white, cishet, able-bodied half-covered ass was getting attention online. But none of it was in the name of true body positivity. My body isn't radical by any means- in most ways, I do fit society's beauty ideal. And sharing pictures of my body was doing nothing to change people's perception of beauty and size acceptance. πŸ¦„ I would much rather share meaningful content (meaningful in the bigger picture of feminism/body politics/diet culture/regular politics) and get less likes than share problematic but well-liked posts. ✨✨ of course I am still here for body positivity! I will advocate for weight inclusivity and body acceptance until the day I die, I just don't have to share pictures of my body to do it. Does that mean I'll never share pictures of my body again? No. Context is important and I'm sure there will be times when sharing a photo of myself feels right but it's just not going to be the majority anymore (and hasn't been for awhile). And obviously, I'm still out here sharing selfies cause πŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ I like 'em. Anyway that's a long winded way of saying my account has changed over time and I'm so appreciative of y'all who are still here and engage with my posts and stories (even if I am terrible at responding sometimes πŸ™ˆ). Love you babes, happy Sunday! πŸ’•

@sundaesforthesoul

Meghan is an anti-diet dietitian who is all about intuitive eating and body acceptance. We love her feed for being completely encouraging and compassionate, but also real. 

@pink_bits

PinkBit's feed is filled with illustrations that celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our bodies.

☝🏻πŸ”₯Hey--remember not everything you see & read on the internet, in magazines, or commercials or wherever is real. Remember that your body changes, my body changes, our bodies are soft & that's okay. That's SUPPOSED to happen. Our weight fluctuates & that's okay. Β· Know that the pictures of people you see & think "body goals", their bodies look different depending on how their standing, what they're wearing, what time of day it is, how much they've eaten, etc. Β· Your body's healthy weight might not be your "goal weight" or the size you think you look best at. But that means your body is not supposed to be that "GW" size. Β· πŸ‘‰πŸ»Restrictive eating is NEVER okay. It's something I've struggled with my whole life. I still struggle with it now. 3.5 years ago I was diagnosed w/anorexia nervosa. For me it started with trying different diets, cutting our certain foods, escalating to eliminating entire food groups, etc. Β· Disordered eating is something that is too normalized in our society today. I've heard too often jokes about EDs, "I wish I was anorexic so I could lose weight", "Maybe I should throw up right now since I just ate so much". NO. EDs are NOT diets. They are not something you choose to have. They are serious, life-threatening & require professional treatment. Β· My heart ACHES for the people who see & follow social media accounts that promote restrictive eating, severe dieting, calorie counting, agressive exercise routines/plans, etc. Β· Living that way will not make you healthier, prettier, successful, accepted, etc. It is a direct set up for an ED, dangerous weight fluctuation, anxiety & depression. Β· When I see people who do not have eating disorders speak on what it is like or might be like to have an ED, & what people with EDs should do in order to recover--are you kidding me? Why speak on something you have no experience or understanding of? This is how rumors, inaccurate ideas & misconstrued information is spread. Β· If food controls your life, if you are afraid of food, afraid to gain weight, struggle with overeating, binge-eating, feeling helpless, out of control--PLEASE ASK FOR HELP. Β· πŸ‘‰πŸ»Resources: @neda / @projectheal / @namicommunicate Β· ILY❀️

@_____halle__

Halle's Instagram feed focuses on self-love, eating disorder recovery, and yoga for every body. By following her account, you'll find regular inspiration and reaffirmation that your body is perfect the way it is.

@fitfatandallthat

Julia's feed is all about being self-confident and strong.  We love how she incorporates fitness and well-being in a way that feels authentic and is all about taking care of you.

@selfloveliv

Olivia is a mental health advocate and promoter of self-love. We're in love with her honestly, realness, and vulnerability.

@_kellyu

Kelly is a recovery warrior who regularly vlogs about her journey on YouTube.  Her Instagram feed always is always gently uplifting and somehow always says what you need to hear.

Have you ever felt horrible in your own skin? Have you ever looked at your life and felt lost and alone? Have you ever compared yourself to every airbrushed or #bodygoals picture you come across? Have you ever felt like you'll never be good enough? ....... yeah? I know how you feel! πŸ’œ This has been my life on and off for years! After recovering from my eating disorder I've felt better but It hasn't gone away! - πŸ’œ I have days when I think I'm beautiful and then days where I can't shower for fear of seeing myself - πŸ’œ I have days where instagram makes me doubt my worth over stupid numbers and then I have days where I couldn't care less! πŸ’œ I have days where the future is so exciting and days where I just stay in bed because I don't want to face it. - πŸ’œ I have days where all I want is a 10 course meal with ALL the trimmings and days where using oil in cooking brings me to tears. πŸ’œ I have days where I spit on all diet culture and days where I slip back in! πŸ’œ And when I'm having those bad days I think to myself..... I AM AN IMPERFECT HUMAN! I'm not a bad person. I'm a good person that bad things have happened to and I'm still recovering! And recovery is not linear it has its highs and lows. It has victory's and relapses. It has smile and tears. You just have to keep putting one foot in-front of the other and it'll all be ok! - πŸ’œ WE ARE ALL IMPERFECT HUMANS AND THATS MORE THAN OK!!!! - πŸ’œ #positivebeatsperfect #nonairbrushedme

@my_life_without_ana

Connie is an eating disorder warrior who spreads messages of self-love and appreciating every body. Her posts are always honest and reinforce the beauty of imperfections.

@betteringbecca

Becca's Instagram account focuses on body acceptance and mental health recovery.  We love her feed for all those wonderful, reassuring quotes and her amazing words on loving your body.

The Body Positive movement is a political movement that was created to shine the spotlight onto marginalized bodies - people of color, LGBT, disabled, fat, etc. - because they are not well represented in the media. While I am a person of much privilege, I partake in this movement as an ally to other marginalized people, as well as for myself. Being fat in this world that praises thinness and enforces diet culture leaves me feeling like an outcast very often. I wanted to share this today because Body Positivity has taught me that "flattering" doesn't matter. I love plus size fashion, such as the peplum top pictured on the left. Peplum tops have an overlay of fabric to cover up your stomach. I personally love the sophisticated look of peplums. However, three years ago, I bought 8 peplum tops solely because I wanted more clothing choices in my wardrobe that would hide my stomach. I felt like such an eyesore compared to every thin person I walked past in public in my every day life. I discovered the Body Positive movement shortly after those clothing purchases, and to my surprise, I saw photos of women my size doing the exact opposite of what I thought I had to do. Society tells us fat people to cover up. We're told to wear "flattering" clothes. We're told to wear shapewear to "smooth everything out". We're told not to wear tight dresses, bikinis or crop tops. For quite some time, I followed the rules because I didn't want to be shamed. What I've learned though is that by hiding my body, I wasn't fully living. Upon seeing countless breathtaking photos of people in the online Body Positive community unapologetically living life despite their fat rolls, double chins, cellulite, stretch marks, etc. being visible to the world, I felt inspired to celebrate my body along with them. Now that I choose to no longer hide who I am, I feel like I can finally breathe. I encourage my fellow plus size women to wear articles of clothing because you want to, not because you feel like you have to. You may be fat and love peplum tops, shapewear, one-piece swimsuits, etc. You may be fat and feel confined by those options. The point is that what you wear is your choice.

@lexiemanion

Lexie is a body positive activist and mental health advocate.  She's also the founder of #BoycottTheBefore, a hashtag that is dedicated to showing you're so much more than a "Before" photo. Her feed is full of these photos, as well as meaningful quotes and her own thoughts on body positivity.

@sarahbnutrition

Sarah is an intuitive eating counselor who focuses on having a healthy relationship with food and practicing self-love. We love her feed for her truth and affirmations about food and dieting. 

@maryscupofteaa

Mary's feed shares her journey and transformation of recovering from an eating disorder, finding food freedom, and challenging society's thoughts about what beauty looks like.  We're also in love with her words and poetry!

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