Instagram has become one of my favorite places to spend my time lately. It’s become a mostly positive environment where I can learn and grow.
I’ve been very careful about who I’m following now. I’ve unfollowed so many accounts and people I just didn’t resonate with anymore, and as a result I’ve found a lot more accounts and people that I might not have found before I embarked on this journey.
I’ll be doing a few posts about my favorite Instagrammers, but today let’s focus on body positivity because, duh. It’s kind of my jam. Here are my top nine favorites in alphabetical order:
Megan Jayne Crabbe was one of the first body positive Instagram accounts I ever found. I bought her book, Body Positive Power, a few months ago and haven’t started reading it yet but know I will 100% love it. She used to battle eating disorders but has since learned how to love and celebrate her body. She often posts videos of her dancing to various songs to show that you can dance and have fun even if your body jiggles. I just love her and all the content she shares.
I can’t remember where I first heard about Corissa Enneking, but she’s been a refreshing addition to my Instagram feed for a while now. She posts a lot of selfies and other body shots of her doing normal things with her body. I know that sounds obvious, but it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes to see someone with a similar-ish body to mine loving and embracing hers.
I mean, it’s Lizzo. Need I say more? She’s everything I aspire to be as far as confidence and body positivity go. She so deserves all the attention she’s been getting lately for her newest album, and she absolutely slayed at the Met Gala (and also basically every appearance ever). I’m going to be doing a separate blog post just about how she’s inspired me in my life, so I’ll leave it at this: Lizzo is an icon.
I also can’t remember how I first found Alysse Dalessandro, but I’m so glad that I did. She posts a lot about fashion that’s actually trendy for plus size people, and similar to Corissa, she also posts a lot about her daily life, vacations, etc. Seeing differently shaped bodies in my feed has been so helpful for me to work on accepting my own body as well.
Michelle Elman wrote a book, Am I Ugly?, and she has also amassed followers on YouTube. Watching her Instagram stories has quickly become a highlight of my days because she talks about a variety of topics and isn’t afraid to say something controversial about the industry if she really believes it. I think she’s one of the most genuine Instagrammers I follow, and I’m grateful for her content that excites and challenges me.
Watching Olivia’s Instagram stories has become another one of my highlights. She’s very open with the fact that she has depression and anxiety and that she’s overcome some eating disorders. She’s an advocate for both mental health and body positivity, and her vulnerability is so refreshing.
Shooglet’s Instagram account has definitely been one of my favorites because of its rawness and vulnerability. They are a photographer who captures such raw, beautiful moments for people, most of whom are nude. At first their account made me a bit uncomfortable, and then I realized how necessary it was for me in my life. I mean, talk about being comfortable with your body!
Sophie Carter-Kahn is a co-host of the She’s All Fat podcast, and you all know how much I love that podcast! She posts a lot of selfies and gets very honest and vulnerable, both in her Instagram posts and her stories. She’s an advocate for size inclusion from brands, which I think more influencers need to be vocal about.
Chidera Eggerue is responsible for the #saggyboobsmatter movement, so she’s not shy about showing off how confident she is in her body. She also wrote a book called What A Time To Be Alone, and she talks a lot about feeling confident and content with yourself first instead of relying on another person’s validation. She’s very vocal about a variety of issues and topics, and she challenges me to think differently, which I appreciate.