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7 body positive women to love now and forever

 

There’s a push-back happening in the world from thousands of women who are fed-up of being told what beautiful is or isn’t. So they (and we!) are creating different ways of thinking about beauty. (I wouldn’t say they’re new ways because they’re not; the beauty has always been there.)

I love the joy in these women: the sheer, unadulterated, unapologetic joy they find in their own bodies. While none of them might fit any of the normalised beauty ideals we’ve been falsely made to take as gospel truth, they are showing us all the beauty, goodness, power, strength and radiance that can come of “knowing for yourself what beauty is.” In fact, they tell us, beauty isn’t just in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the entire being of whoever’s feeling the beauty.

These women know what beauty is because they feel it and live it. They prove that when you feel it and live it, you look it and you are it.

I’ve discovered some of the best body positive quotes this past week and have rounded up seven of my favourites here. There’s lot more information about these ladies out there in the web-o-sphere, as well as their respective social media accounts, blogs etc. For now though, I am filled up and filled out with these quotes alone. They’re nourishing, empowering, happy, moving and oh so beautyfull.

Danielle Brooks – actress

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I might not have the power to change what media puts out there, or to single-handedly convince young girls like me that they should love themselves. But what I can do is start with me: living each day, embracing who I am. Embracing who I am by refusing to hide my legs or or cover my arms because they make someone else feel uncomfortable. By realising that every stretch mark on my body is kissed by the sun, and no longer wishing them away. By no longer operating out of a place of fear.

(from Danielle’s essay for Glamour, How I Learned to Love My Body)

 

Marie Southard Ospina – associate fashion and beauty editor of Bustle/fashion blogger

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It’s hard to talk about loving your body without being criticised for being vain. But I think a sense of vanity is important. I look at myself naked, and I know my body is not the mainstream aspirational vision of beauty we’re all supposed to strive towards. But I find it beautiful.

Sure, I hope that constructs of ‘ideal’ beauty begin to dissipate with time. I hope for inclusivity and acceptance of all bodies. It’s what I work for every day. But in the meantime, I’m pleased with everything about mine. It allows me to do everything I need and want it to do, and more.

(extracted from an excellent interview on Sarah Plus Life)

Jessamyn Stanley – blogger / writer / yoga practitioner

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As an adult, body acceptance isn’t really easier — it’s a hard won daily battle. Everyone has good days and bad days. I anticipate having ups and downs for the rest of my life.

Regardless of the ups and downs, I hope I never forget that my body is so much more than the sum of its parts. My #yoga practice helps me remember that internal strength is so much more powerful than societal norms.

(extracted from a post on Jessamyn’s Instagram)

Lillian Bustle – Burlesque performer

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Most of us sit around waiting for permission, for affirmation, for some other to swoop in and tell us that we’re worthy, that we’re beautiful. It doesn’t have to be like that […] YOU get to do it. You get to just wake up one day and decide that you’re beautiful […]

You get to decide that you’re gorgeous. You get to decide that you’re powerful. You get to decide that you’re amazing. And you get to decide that you’re worth looking at.

(extracted from Lillian’s awesome TEDx talk, Stripping Away Negative Body Image)

Amanda Palmer – musician/performer

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I’m kind of sick of seeing all these ads fucking everywhere telling women to “embrace our flaws”. Whoever said they were “flaws”? What’s a “flaw” anyhow?

Let’s look it up.

It’s “a mark, fault, or other imperfection that mars a substance or object.”

MARRED? Dude. I’m FINE, me my personal collection of hard-won scars and hairs and curves and and stretch marks and twinkles and wrinkles and folds and flaps and muscles and and freckles and lashes and nails and veins and stuff.

They’re not “flaws”. Fuck that. They are the exactness of me and always will be, nothing to be done about that.

(extracted from a photo on Amanda’s Facebook page)

Chantelle Brown-Young – model

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I feel that there’s beauty in everything. I want to put this idea in your head that it takes one person to realise that there is beauty in everything. And you don’t have to be on side of the spectrum or the other side of the spectrum, or fit into someone’s mould […].

Be your own person. Know for yourself what beauty is, rather than looking to a magazine or even to me for what beauty is. Know within your heart and make your own mould for what beauty is.

(extracted from Chantelle’s TEDx talk, My Story is Painted on My Body)

Courtney Mina – blogger

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I’m going to take this opportunity to remind people that your health is not always determined by your size. You can be fat and unhealthy, and you can be thin and unhealthy — just as you can be fat and healthy, or thin and healthy. Diseases and health hazards effect all bodies, not just fat ones.

And aside from the whole “health” argument, your health does not determine your self worth as a person. No one can tell you that you shouldn’t love yourself because they are uncomfortable with your body. Shut them down immediately, if not sooner. 

(extracted from a blog post Courtney wrote for Bustle)

 

{Photos (from top): Caitlin Michell/Glamour; Rachel Crittenden Photography/MiggMag; mynameisjessamyn/Instagram; Mark X Hopkins/Lillian Bustle Burlesque on FacebookAmanda Palmer on Facebook; winnieharlow/Instagramkhaleesidelrey/Instagram

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