As a body builder, she regularly shares fitness regimes and body transformation photos on Instagram. In a bid to become “more comfortable in herself,” she’s decided to stop shaving her body hair — and is encouraging other women to do the same.
Fed up dealing with the insults of body-shamers online, New York journalist Laura Delarato is fighting back by taking the cruelest and lewdest remarks she’s received and turning them into thought-provoking art. In a photo series she calls The Comments Project, Delarato collects the words of her attackers and pastes them onto pictures of her naked body — highlighting everything wrong with how so many people perceive plus-size women. To further illustrate her point, Delarato published a visual project on Refinery29 exploring why plus-size women still aren’t considered “sexy” by mainstream society.
Before the rise of diversity, the world struggled celebrating true individualism — but albino model Connie Chiu helped dispel beauty myths with her one-of-a-kind photos, taken in the early 1990s. Born in 1969, Chiu was launched into the fashion industry at age 24. According to NOAH, Albinism is “an inherited genetic condition that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and/or eyes.” Chiu, who grew up in Hong Kong, was told by her parents at a young age she was “different,” with “light-sensitive” skin and eyesight, but that didn’t stop her family from allowing her to feel included.
Ashley Soto was 12 years old when she was diagnosed with vitiligo, a disease that causes the skin to lose pigment. “I was so shocked that someone said that to me that I cried and cried, I didn’t want to have the condition any more,” Soto told The Daily Mail. Setting up little challenges for herself, in order to get more comfortable with the condition, Soto discovered the unique beauty of vitiligo.
Shopping on the High Street can often feel a little like playing a game of sizing roulette. It’s a familiar scenario most of us can relate to, but while some degree of size variation is to be expected, having to go up a whole four dress sizes? Eventually after trying on the dress in a size 20, four sizes up from her actual size, it finally fitted.
It’s common for couples to have insecurities come wedding day — such as reconsidering the perfect wedding dress or dapper tux because, all of a sudden, the size is just wrong. “We pictured a quintessential West Coast wedding, inviting our families to celebrate with us, and our midwife to perform the ceremony,” wrote Amie, a mother of three and founder of Mommy’s Inside Voice, a blog about nurturing realness and honest parenthood.
Demi Lovato shared a selfie on Instagram in which she wears a sexy jumpsuit, reminding us of Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Combine Catwoman and Poison Ivy, and you’ve got Demi Lovato in an amazing jumpsuit. The singer posted a mirror selfie on Instagram on Feb. 15 in a seriously sexy jumpsuit, and it’s already received almost 2 million likes, becoming one of her most popular selfies to date.
The unabashedly political Emily Ratajkowski wore a pink pantsuit to a NYFW 2017 event. Melania Trump has an unlikely celebrity in her corner. Model, actress, and outspoken body-confidence and feminist advocate Emily Ratajkowski is stepping up to defend the first lady against a slut-shaming attack she claims she recently overheard.
On Jan. 21, more than 1 in 100 Americans took part in women’s marches throughout the country to oppose threats against women’s rights and make their voices heard. About half a million of those people were in Washington, D.C. — and one of those participants was Elizabeth Flora of Southport, N.C.
Callie Thorpe, a plus-size columnist for Marie Claire, was having the time of her life honeymooning in Tulum Beach, Mexico. Among other insults, she was compared to a “whale” and questioned about how she fit into her wedding dress (we’ll spare you the particulars).
Peta Murgatroyd is getting candid about the realities of a post-pregnancy body. The “Dancing with the Stars” beauty recently shared a selfie on Instagram of her standing akimbo, hand on hip, with her stomach slightly protruding in a bra and black tights. “I took this photo 8 days post birth.
For most of us, the very thought of posting a nude selfie to Instagram would bring us out in a cold sweat and have us diving for the nearest cover-up. But not Yazemeenah Rossi. The model, visual artist, and self-portrait photographer has been busy sharing beautiful yet tasteful naked pictures of herself in stunning locations with only a strategically placed scarf to hide her modesty. And boy does she look amazing.
Robyn Lawley, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue star and the first plus-size model to be shot for Australian Vogue, demonstrated that angles can change everything when she posted two selfies to her Instagram on Thursday. Lawley spoke out to Sports Illustrated calling the one-size-fits-all body-image standard “stupid” and talking about how she intends to teach her daughter Ripley, to love her body.
It took a lot of courage for photographer Trina Cary to share a naked self-portrait to social media. Despite taking the time to censor each image so it didn’t violate Facebook’s community standards, every time she posted a nude self-portrait, it was reported.
This time it’s the turn of Amy Schumer to be on the receiving end of the cruel jibes. Over the weekend, rumours started swirling that Amy was set to be cast as Barbie in Mattel’s upcoming live action adaption. The film, which is a mix of animation and live-action, aims to put a modern spin on the way beauty is tied up with identity, and will follow Barbie as she is kicked out of Barbieland and into the real world.
Lena Dunham graciously shut down a rude comment about her body on Instagram after she posted a photo of herself glowing ethereally in an earth-toned silk gown.
Popular fitness blogger Kelsey Wells took a break from her “fitspo” posts on Monday to do a gut check — literally and figuratively — and share it with her legion of Instagram followers and Facebook fans so they could see that, yes, she too has imperfections, and it’s OK. Kelsey Wells’s fitness journey includes loving herself, flaws and all. “I wanted to post this because I have received more than a few questions lately such as ‘how do you never look bloated?,’ ‘how do you never get zits?,’ and ‘how do you not have stretch marks?,'” Wells captioned the photos.
One fitness Instagrammer is on a mission to show her fans that the bodies we admire aren’t always as perfect as they look on social media. Sara Puhto posted a photo on her Instagram demonstrating how artful posing can give you a “Kardashian booty.”
Health guru Hilaria Baldwin posted an unfiltered photo of her postbaby body — in just a bra and panties — to Instagram as a means of promoting body-confidence.
Fashion blogger and columnist Callie Thorpe first started her blog because she was looking for a space where she could “speak openly and honestly about my journey to self confidence.” She strongly believes that “women of all sizes should be able to enjoy fashion and shouldn’t have to wait to be a certain size to wear fashionable clothes.” So when, two weeks ago, Callie married the love of her life, Dan Hetherington, she took that sentiment a stage further by using it as an opportunity to sprinkle a bit of body-positive love.
Social media is a wonderful business. Millie Mackintosh is one such famous face who’s recently been berated on social media for something completely ridiculous. The former ‘Made in Chelsea’ star posted a photo of her bare thighs (aka hot dog legs) on Instagram, making her fans green with envy that she was once again soaking up the sun in some beautiful location.
Well, step forward lingerie brand Curvy Kate whose advertising campaign is pushing out an entirely different message. The British brand have been quietly championing the body positive for quite some time, but their campaign for their latest collection, Scantilly, takes things to a whole new level and gives a much needed hit of diversity in the lingerie industry. Shunning professional lingerie models, the campaign named #TheNewSexy, has instead enlisted eight powerful female role models, including a transgender woman, an amputee, an alopecia sufferer, a plus size blogger and a recovered anorexic.
Mahalia Handley has got goals. From her dogged determination to break into the modelling industry despite an absence of curvy and mixed race role models paving her way, to being the first plus-size model to land a major ad campaign for Selfridges. It’s little wonder those ‘Next Ashley Graham’ comparisons have already been drawn, particularly as Mahalia shares Ashley’s fierce determination to normalise diversity in the fashion industry.