16 Alt Body Positive Influencers You Should Already Be Following

Every body is beautiful

Self love, specifically love for you body, is something that can take time to achieve. We live in a world where we’re constantly being bombarded by advertisements featuring seemingly “perfect” models and Instagram is filled with influencers all fighting to obtain society’s standard of beauty. But you know what? Who is to say there is one standard? We believe that all bodies are beautiful and there are plenty of women on Instagram who will prove just that. These women are body positive influencers, who show the world that you don’t need to be a size 0, have plastic surgery or be able bodied to be beautiful. They shows that there’s diversity of beauty within this complex world of ours and that anyone can find this power by practicing self love. We’ve gathered up 16 of our favorite body positive influencers in the gallery below, take a look at these badass babes and let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section.

Tess Holliday

Arguably one of the most well-known body positive influencers, Tess Holliday made a name for herself in 2015 after becoming the first model over a size 20 to be signed to a major modeling agency.

Jessie Paege

YouTuber and musician Jessie Paege has battled an eating disorder for years, but has only recently begun sharing her story with her following.

Jessamyn Stanley

Yogi Jessamyn Stanley proves that she can succeed in mastering complex poses without being a size two.

Sarah Nicole Landry

Mama Sarah Nicole Landry has extra skin from major weight loss and pregnancy, but that isn’t stopping her from showing off her body.

Cara of Pale Ginger Pear

Cara shares her journey living with lipedema and lymphedema with her devoted following.

Grace F Victory

Holistic healer Grace F Victory proves that style knows no size.

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When is the right time to begin to live again? Begin to work. Begin the mundane tasks of hoovering, doing the washing and answering emails. But then I remember, that this is ⁣exactly what we, as black people do. ⁣ ⁣ We continue, even when we are tired, depleted or hurt. We shouldn’t have to, but what other choice do we have. My bills still need to be paid and if I sink any deeper I’m afraid I won’t come back… so we move, as they say.⁣ ⁣ There are a few new faces here too, so I thought I’d introduce myself 👊🏽🤍⁣ ⁣ I’m Grace Victory, or Gracie Francesca as so many people call me and I’m mixed race, plus size & living in London.⁣ ⁣ I started YouTube videos in 2011 and it became my fulltime career in 2015. I’m an OG creator and proud 😂 (I’m 30 in August would you believe).⁣ ⁣ My content focuses on healing, multi dimensional well-being and of course, beauty and fashion. I have a platform @howtohealholistically which focuses more on the wellness side of things. Please follow – it’s my way of making well-being more accessible to people who look like me and are from working class backgrounds. ⁣ I’m passionate about harmonising spiritual wisdom with emotional intelligence, as well as girls of any size feeling confident to wear what they want ✨ I hope that when you visit my page, you feel lighter and better than before you came.⁣ ⁣ You are a guest here, so I appreciate politeness, understanding and high vibrational energy 👍🏽 ⁣ I’m very much in love and I drink smoothies everyday. I enjoy astrology, brunch & good curly hair days. ⁣ ⁣ Thanks for being here 🌱 (I am also addicted to buying plants).

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Chidera Eggerue

Chidera Eggerue is the woman behind #saggyboobsmatter and lets audiences know all breasts are beautiful.

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Sara Puhto

Sara Puhto is a former fitness addict who found herself through body positivity.

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Stop judging bodies 🌿 I’m tired of subconsciously making myself feel embarrassed and ashamed of my body. I’m tired of feeling like I’m not good enough for myself. There is no one perfect body type and all the rest are abnormal. The society we live in produces insecurities out of natural bodies and capitalizes off of these. It sexualizes nudity, glorifies certain body types and body parts, uses sex to sell products and slut shames those who cross that made up, arbitrary line. We continuously see things like: “Buy this product to lose X amount of weight in 3 weeks. Buy this to have a flat tummy, buy this to have a smaller waist. Buy this to get rid of stretch marks”. I’ve been asked if I have IBS, endometriosis or food sensitivities because of my stomach. I don’t. It just looks like this and that’s how I’ve been my whole life. I’ve thought I needed to change my body shape, have surgeries in order to accept my body but I don’t. I taught myself to suck my tummy in constantly while around others, I still haven’t unlearnt this and do it daily. I’m tired of sucking in my belly all the time because I didn’t think it was normal for someone who consistently worked out for 4 years to “STILL have tummy fat”. I want to help normalize all types of bodies and help you realize that you need to unlearn the toxic beliefs of having to look a certain way in order to be accepted by society. We need to stop subconsciously comparing our bodies to others. All bodies are worthy and acceptable. You’ll never be happy and comfortable with how your body looks if you aren’t comfortable with natural things like tummy fat, cellulite, stretch marks etc. Because these are normal things that don’t just disappear. Teach yourself to compliment yourself and take care of your body rather than subconsciously feeding into tearing apart and insulting yourself daily. Also, no one has the right to sexualize my nudity in this photo. It’s not meant to be sexual 🌿 —————————————— . . . #bodyfat #selfdoubt #forgiveyourself #positiveenergy #selfesteem #loveyourbody #iambeautiful #spiritualawakening

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Bethany Purnell

Bethany Purnell has been living with Crohns disease since 2007 and shows her followers that it’s okay to wear a colostomy bag.

Hannah Olateju

After contracting meningitis at age two, doctors amputated Hannah Olateju’s arms and legs. However, today she’s found her place in the London fashion scene and thrives as an influencer.

Mandy Horvath

Mandy Horvath lost both of her legs above the knee after being hit by a train and today, she’s known as the Bionic Bachelorette and can be seen climbing mountains without prosthetics.

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See that mountain there? Its mine, my pretty butt has been all over it. It's yours too in fact- its America's Mountain. #PikesPeak I'm crawling up again, all 13 miles. It'll be my second time but a first for my friend @strykerinf A week from TODAY we begin in an epic legless race up the Manitou Incline. We're joining together in a team many have never seen before 🤷‍♀️ @leglesslegends 💥 on August 18th we will be donating a vehicle with @cars4heroes1 @cars4heroescolorado Apply for a vehicle or Donate at cars4heroes.org link is live in my bio ❤ Next month, thanks to @weareoscarmike Travis and I will be going out to NY to show our support for the first responders, veterans and families affected by 9/11 in the Tunnels to Towers 5k race, we are hopping the 3.5 miles on ground. We will also be ascending the World Trade Tower- all 2,226 steps. We are seeking sponsors to match us dollar per hop (or more) for these events ❤🙌 My advice today- Make your dreams come true. Manifest your own destiny. & never forget those who made time for you, and those that made you who you are today. Thankyou to @Gilbolibol photo cred 📷 I love these shots 🥰 #leglesslegends #pikespeak2019 #helpthenextinline #inspireothers #anythingispossible #bepatient #rememberwhosupportsyou #thatsfuckingteamwork #manifestyourdestiny #dreamscometrue #bionicbachelorette #iamcapable #iwanttolive #iamdeserving #iamwhole #startedfromthebottom #nowerehere

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Mira Mariah

Tattoo artist Mira Mariah may be best known for frequently inking Ariana Grande, however, she’s also a disability advocate.

Lauren Elyse

Makeup artist Lauren Elyse was born with vitiligo, however, it’s helped her to stand out and shine in the beauty world.

Jordan Bone

Following a car accident at 15, Jordan Bone was left in a wheelchair. Today, she’s a life coach, podcast host and avid tattoo collector.

Jillian Mercado

Jillian Mercado was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child and has since taken the modeling world by storm, appearing in editorials for Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Galore and Teen Vogue.

Cailey Darling

Cailey Darling has a rare eye disability called acute macular neuroretinopathy but despite being legally blind, still creates incredible makeup looks.