"What gives you the right to play with people's mental health?"
Blogger Lauren Curtis has shared an honest photo to help encourage women to love their bodies no matter what.Admitting it can be “crippling” to worry about our supposed “flaws”, Lauren posted three photos for her Instagram followers.“I usually only post photos of my best angles with the best lighting because I look at those photos and they make me feel good about myself,” Lauren wrote alongside the first photo showing off her pert derriere.“But it doesn’t mean I’m also not proud of my body when it doesn’t look like that.”She went on to share a side-by-side comparison photo of her bum – cellulite, stretch marks and all.“In the second photo I’m clenching my butt cheeks to demonstrate that I still have my fair share of cellulite….my stretch marks and lil spider veins,” she wrote.“I used to be so worried people would notice all these ‘flaws’ and it’s honestly crippling.“In reality we ALL have them to some degree and they do not matter.”Her fans have applauded the influencer for her truthful post, saying more people on social media should be this authentic.“I love this post so much,” one person commented. “This is going to help so many women feel more confident in their own skin. We need a lot more of this authenticity on social media.”“Thank you for sharing and also making myself and others realise to love our body no matter what shape,” another wrote.And she’s not the only one reminding us that behind every envy-inducing snap is real life, as the gallery below shows.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK:Jameela Jamil apologises to fans for airbrushed photographsNigella Lawson isn’t here to be edited: ‘Don’t airbrush my sticking out stomach’Woman edits her image to show how the ‘perfect’ body has changed
Aimee Song launched her blog, Song of Style, 10 years ago, before Instagram and influencers. Today, she has 5 million followers, but she doesn't want to just be "known as a girl who dresses well," she says. "I want to be the girl who changes lives."
"I focused on keeping my boobs, my stomach, and my backside out of sight, hiding my truth from the camera."
After receiving messages encouraging her to kill herself, Nabela Noor went viral for responding to her trolls.
Tanesha Awasthi, who has just partnered with Lane Bryant for a new design collection, says her journey to body confidence was a long one.
"It's about reminding people that the world is full of diversity," says Jessica Millichamp.
Four years after launching her popular eponymous blog, Hayet Rida is joining the lineup of influencers at New York City's theCURVYcon to talk about body positivity and size diversity in the fashion industry.
At the end of the day, says curvy influencer CeCe Olisa, "I’m the person that really matters. So even if [all my followers] all think I’m great, if I don’t, then that’s a problem."
"Self-love is a journey, full of ups and downs...Your body is good. Your body is beautiful. Now you just have to start believing it."
One blogger is fighting back against the change room narrative after trying on a pair of pants that look great while standing up, but, according to her, not good at all while sitting. Kenzie Brenna is a Toronto-based blogger and YouTuber who has amassed a large following because of her focus on body positivity and mental health. Brenna recently posted a side-by-side photo of herself in a change room, highlighting a thought process many of us have experienced before.
“I find it ironic that I’ve taken photos in swimsuits all over the world and the one place I was told to cover up was Las Vegas,” Anna O’Brien, founder of the fashion and lifestyle blog Glitter and Lazers, said.
Following the lead of inclusive runway shows in the New York area, Italian blogger Laura Brioschi kick-started a body positive catwalk during Milan Fashion Week.
Anchors from WGN-TV questioned Hoda Katebi on her Iranian-American identity. Katebi, who went on the show to discuss her work dealing with the intersectionality of fashion and activism, as well as her photography book Tehran Streetstyle, was instead asked questions with Islamophobic overtones. What are your thoughts?” Katebi was asked by WGN-TV anchor Robin Baumgarten.