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Magazines often fail to feature plus sized women on the cover. It's a simple fact. Walk into your local newsagents and you'll be met by an array of striking covers that mostly feature thin women.

Stars like Kendall Jenner, Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez often dazzle on the front of the glossies, and yes, they look beautiful, but they are all of similar size.

Women have yearned to be skinny since what feels like the beginning of time. We grew up thinking there was only one way we should look and that was thin.

 

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Of course, there is nothing wrong with being thin, but we need to celebrate other body types.

This month, Cosmopolitan featured Tess Holliday on the front cover. Tess Holliday is a size 24.

The magazine wanted to celebrate plus size women, but instead they were met with a wave of backlash with many people claiming they were promoting obesity.

Editor of Cosmopolitan Farrah Storr has hit back at the dismissive comments about what could be a historic cover for the publication.

During her appearance on Good Morning Britain, she explained her decision to put Tess on the cover: “This is one cover, which has a larger lady on the cover, in a sea, in a world, in a culture which has venerated – since I can remember – thinness.”

She does not believe featuring a size 24 woman on the cover will promote obesity.

“Are people going to look at that and go, ‘Do you know what? I’m going to go and mainline doughnuts, this is what I want for my life’. Of course not. It’s patronising to say,” she said.

“I’m celebrating her. I am not celebrating morbid obesity,” the author stressed.

 

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The cover isn’t about promoting a certain size. It’s all about showing women that there are tons of different bodies out there.

It is showing women that you can look beautiful and feel confident, regardless of your size.

It is reassuring women who may feel self-conscious or undesirable because of their weight.

The Cosmopolitan cover is opening the world’s eyes to all the different types of beauty there are that never made it to the glossy pages of women’s magazines until now.

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Love Island’s Megan has opened up about her decision to have plastic surgery. The reality star has defended herself in an honest interview with Cosmopolitan UK.

She admitted that she didn’t get the procedures done to impress others, but for a much more empowering reason.

The former glamour model urged people to be less negative about plastic surgery, admitting she doesn’t think there is anything wrong with it.

“I think if you want to do something to make yourself more comfortable, then why not?” she said.

The 24-year-old stressed that she doesn’t consider herself a role model. “I did it for me and no-one else.”

Megan revealed that she has had a huge amount of procedures done in her life so far: "I got a boob job at 19, and had another one when I got older and had more money to upgrade the surgeon! And I had my nose done and my lips filled. And the teeth.”

The Love Island contestant said she has nothing to be ashamed of. She got those procedures done simply to boost her confidence: “I've done what I’ve done because it made me me feel confident and comfortable.”

Megan argued that society has no problem with women going to the hairdressers, nail salon or beauticians to boost their confidence, so what is wrong with her getting a procedure that makes her feel good about herself.

“I get my lips done because I feel better, it doesn’t have to be a massive deal,” she shared.

Megan came in fourth place in the Love Island finale on Monday night.

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Opening up about our insecurities is never an easy thing to do. We often try to cover up our flaws rather than drawing attention to them.

However, we need normalise our flaws, because we all have something we don’t like about our appearance, whether that’s our curly, frizzy hair or our freckles.

Chloe Grace Moretz has bravely opened up about her struggle with cystic acne and we love her for it. Speaking about our skin struggles will help show women that there’s no such thing as perfect, we all suffer from blemishes, zits and blackheads, it’s a completely normal thing.

The 21-year-old actress opened up about the impact cystic acne had on her confidence.

Chloe shared: "I think what people don't talk about is the psychological element to having skin problems, and that was the hardest thing for me. It strips your self-confidence in a lot of ways; you know you can't hide from it at all, and you lose a little piece of yourself.”

The If I Stay star said she put a lot of pressure on herself to look ‘perfect’: "When I was younger, I lost a piece of myself by being so self-obsessed with my skin blemishes or what people thought about them.”

“As I grew up, I realised that half the battle was myself, and my own self-infliction of what I thought 'beauty' and 'perfect' was. But then, you realise there's no such thing as perfect, and your skin will go through ups and downs.”

The Carrie actress added: “All you can do is try and be as self-accepting as possible."

When it comes to her skincare routine, Chloe said she likes to keep it simple, only using water, honey and olive oil.

 

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Chloe’s empowering message about embracing your skin is vital for women today. We put far too much pressure on ourselves to look perfect and often knock ourselves down if we have a spot or two.

We need to remember that acne doesn’t define who you are and that Chloe is completely right, there is no such thing as looking ‘perfect’.

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There are dozens of influencers out there who are empowering all kinds of women, from the fit fam to the body positive movement. However, one group that we’ve struggled to see being represented are ladies that are a size 14, until now…

The wonderful Lucy Wood has inspired many women to embrace their size 14 bodies with her encouraging and honest videos.

The writer has bravely opened up about her body in a series of videos, where she shares her body confidence tips and fashion advice for women who are ‘a little bit fat.’

As a size 14 woman myself, Lucy’s videos have made me feel comfortable enough to dress the way I want, instead of covering up every inch of my body.

There is so much pressure on women to look a certain way, and that is why content creators like Lucy are so important.

One of the main reasons why I love the autumn and winter months is because I feel more body confident. I love wearing snuggly jumpers, giant scarves and chunky boots. However, once the summer rolls around I can’t help but dread the change of style.

 

 

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When I turn over the calendar from May to June I can’t help but fret about the struggles of dressing my size 14 body in ‘suitable summer clothes’.

My mind fills with a wave of worries- How will I cover up my pasty pale legs? Won’t my stomach look too big in light summer dresses?

Since watching Lucy’s inspiring videos, I have realised that it doesn’t matter what size you are. We should all dress in a way that makes us feel good. You can wear a floral playsuit whether you are a size 8 or a size 14.

You don’t have to cover up your body just because you’re that little bit chunkier than your friends. Embrace the skin you’re in and follow in Lucy’s footsteps.

She’s paving the way for us size 14 ladies and I’ll proudly march beside her.

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Scarlett Moffatt is earning huge praise for her latest Instagram post.

The former Gogglebox star and Extra Camp presenter recently took to the social platform to remind her young fans not to believe everything the see online.

The image shows a side-by-side comparison showing a bare-faced selfie and a highly edited full makeup look.

The 27-year-old captioned the upload with a heartwarming message.

“To all you young girls (and older ladies) out there don’t believe all you see on social media,” she wrote.

“This goes to show what make up and a filter can do love who you are and don’t compare yourself to anybody else. As dr Seuss once said…. Today you are You, that is truer than true . There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

Fans were quick to praise the star for her honesty and were full of compliments for both pictures.

“Filter or no filter Scarlett you are beautiful inside and out,” one user wrote.

Another said: “U are amazing and so genuine Scarlett and such an inspiration.”

Scarlett won the hearts of the nation when she appeared on Channel 4's Gogglebox and once again when she was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2016.

She has her down-to-earth nature and larger than life personality to thank for her successful TV career and this latest post proves that she won't be changing anytime soon.

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Thanks to the rise of social media and a certain Kardashian clan, female beauty standards have changed somewhat over the past few years.

We've said bye-bye to thigh gaps and hello to voluptuous curves – and while many may see this as a step in the right direction, others suggest the new 'ideal' has simply changed from one unattainable body type to another.

One girl who believes this to be true is 15-year-old, Juliana Delacruz.

The Texas native recently earned the praise of her social media followers after she posted a picture of her petite figure, along with the caption: “just because I’m not ‘thick’ it doesn’t mean that I’m not able to love my body. #selflove”.

According to The Independent, the Instagram post received over 50,000 likes, though Juliana has since her her account.

In an interview with Yahoo LifeStyle, Juliana revealed how she deals with negativity around body image.

“I overcome this negativity by fighting with positivity. The only reason why I post about it because I want other girls who experience this to know that they’re not alone.”

She also has this advice for anyone who is struggling with self-love:  “Not everyone is going to think we’re beautiful. Everybody has their own opinion and we should try our hardest not to let the opinions bring us down.”

“I know that we all have insecurities and it’s something we can’t change but we’re all so different and unique that we should express ourselves the right way and not let what other people say or think define you.”

Preach!

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If you haven't scrolled past at least one 'before and after' shot on Instagram today, were you even on Instagram?

The social media site is a veritable haven for anyone who wants to document the changes their body has undergone as a result of mixture of regular exercise and clean-eating.

While they may be filtered AF, we tend to take these photographs at face value, and assume the person has genuinely undergone a serious transformation, but one woman who is keen to remind us that this might not always be the case is Millie Smith.
 

 

You can't airbrush away insecurity. You can't get self love from an app. You can't hide self hate under a edited selfie. There was a time when I wouldn't dream of posting a photo of myself online without at LEAST a heavy filter. 〰 The real me wasn't: Worthy enough Pretty enough Special enough. Beautiful enough. I got comments of 'woahhh beautiful babe' and all the rest which gave me brief moments of confidence;slowly turning into deep, low self loathing… 〰 All editing/filtering my selfies did was make me feel more ashamed of my natural face, more engrained into beauty ideals and basing my self worth on how I look;making me hate myself further. 〰 I wish I knew then the real me is: Worthy Beautiful special unique always photo ready. Do you truly know what the real you looks like? When was the last time you studied/appreciated your face? WE ARE ALL BLOODY BEAUTIFUL AS WE ARE . . Inspired by my squid @selfloveliv

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The body-positive Instagrammer decided to highlight just how simple it is to fool followers into thinking you have altered the shape and size of your body.

Uploading a splitscreen shot of herself taken moments apart, Millie reveals how a pose and clever clothing can massively alter your appearance.

 

Same girl, same day, same time. 〰 With a camera angle and clothing I can change my body into something that society would deem more acceptable than the photo on the right. 〰 Recently insta was voted as the most damaging app to body image/self esteem. That's not ok. 〰 The media constantly wants us to be more filtered, more posed, more flexed. Making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our bodies, our natural vessel. 〰 We compare ourselves to these images of posed, strategically taken photos. Comparing yourself is a thief of your joy/self love and even more so when you're comparing aesthetics to images that aren't reality. 〰 Both these photos are beautiful . Both these photos are worthy. However only one of these photos is truly me, comfortable and naturally loving myself… 〰 Get rid of accounts that make you feel negative, get rid of people in your life that don't make you feel happy, loved and beautiful. Don't let an all ruin your life.

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"Same girl, same day, same time," she began in the post which has racked up almost 10,000 likes since its upload.

"With a camera angle and clothing I can change my body into something that society would deem more acceptable than the photo on the right."

Focussing on the influence the media has on our understanding of self-worth, she continued: "The media constantly wants us to be more filtered, more posed, more flexed.  Making us ashamed, afraid and resentful of our bodies, our natural vessel."

Tapping into something most Instagram users will relate to, she continued: "We compare ourselves to these images of posed, strategically taken photos."

"Comparing yourself is a thief of your joy/self love and even more so when you're comparing aesthetics to images that aren't reality."

​​​​Using the splitscreen shot to highlight the disparity between the real us and the us we post online, Millie finishd by saying: "Both these photos are beautiful@

"Both these photos are worthy. However only one of these photos is truly me, comfortable and naturally loving myself."

Millie, you do you.

 

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It's bikini season, and while we cannot wait to get away on a sun holiday, there is one tumultuous task which must be completed first – bikini shopping. 

The struggle is very much real when it comes to tackling bikini shopping, as many high street stores don't seem to cater to women of all body types. 

Whether slim or plus size, bikini shopping can be a bit of a tribulation, and one curvy model has taken to Instagram to share her experience with the swimwear struggle. 

 

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British plus-size model Sonny Turner took to Instagram to share a carousal of snaps of herself in a high street bikini. 

Captioning the body positive post, Sonny wrote: 

'Changing rooms can be scary places. I am wearing the largest size from one of the most popular high street stores sells in bikinis which is 12-14.'

'High street store bikinis do not cater for women of my body type. Majority of online stores don't either.'

 

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The model outlined her list of tips for designers and high street stores so that they can cater to women over a size 12 or 14: 'No one gets it so for any upcoming designers I got some tips for you.'

'Big breasts need underwire for support for a youthful lift, we need cup sizes that correlate to bra sizes and they need to go past DD, we need cups that actually cover more than our nipple.'

'We need cups that bring our boobs together so theres not a massive gap in-between them, we need straps that aren't so tight its as though our neck is about to snap off.'

'We need bikini bottoms that don't give is wedgies when we walk, we need string bikinis that don't expose our vagina lips, we need swimsuits that fit over our hips without dragging the neck of the costume down causing neck ache.'

 

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'We deserve more choice in the selection for our body type that isn't just the generic black swimsuit with a kimono. Yes believe it or not , some of us actually want a thong bikini , the whole selection doesn't have to be highwaisted.'

'We're gonna need you to stop using models with fake boobs that aren't a real depiction of what the bra would look like on our real droopy ones. Its not fair that we cant walk wear cute swimwear just bc we are built differently.'

'We deserve to walk into a store and pay £10 for a nice bikini without breaking the bank and our body confidence – bottom line is: make clothes for all size & bodies.

 

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Sonny, who is signed to Milk London, has previously posed for body positive brand Aerie, who have shunned photoshop.

She also often posts inspirational body-pos posts to her Instagram. Hopefully the high street will take heed of Sonny's snaps and consider updating their sizing, both big and small. 

As Sonny said, 'make clothes for all sizes and bodies.'

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It was exactly a year ago that Ashley Graham rocked a purple bikini on the cover of Sports Illustrated, demonstrating her curves in the most body confident way. 

While the fashion industry has come on leaps and bounds in promoting body diversity over the past few years, there is still a lack of variation in certain elements of bodily representation. 

There are lots of different body types on show, but all with perfect skin, not a hint of cellulite or stretch marks to be seen. 

 

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Ashley Graham has previously spoken out about her cellulite in a body positive way, but the leg dimples she showcased on Instagram do not feature on her bikini cover.

One company who wants to change the way cellulite and stretch marks are perceived is Lane Bryant, a plus size clothing and lingerie brand. 

The brand (who just recently started shipping to Ireland) is putting tummy stretch marks on the map by featuring the gorgeous figure of plus size model Denise Bidot in its latest ad.

While Kate Upton may be posing, stretch mark free, on the cover of this months Sports Illustrated, the Lane Bryant ad spread sits in among its pages, promoting body diversity in one of the world's biggest swimsuit magazines. 

Denise is totally un-retouched in the image, which features the slogan "My Confidence … Inspired by #ThisBody."

The campaign has been welcomed by women with open arms: "She looks fantastic and kudos to you for not airbrushing out her stretch marks! She is beautiful just as she is," reads one comment, under Denise's picture on the LB Facebook page. 

The image is completely gorgeous and promotes the idea that all bodies are beautiful, despite the perceived "flaws." And that's an idea we can definitely get behind. 

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Body positivity has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years, with curvy girls gaining more and more representation in fashion and media.

However, some women still feel the pressure to conform to perceived societal beauty ideals, and shapewear can come in handy when you want to smooth out any lumps and bumps.

While there is nothing wrong in wearing some Bridget Jones knickers to smooth out your tummy, some women find them horribly uncomfortable, and wish to accept their bodies without the help of some stretchy underwear.

 

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One such woman is Birmingham-based body acceptance advocate Olivia, who goes by Self Love Liv on Instagram, who just posted a photo showcasing her body with and without shapewear.

"Do you know how uncomfortable these things are? Breathing was not an option! I felt tight, uncomfortable and restricted in the first photo," she captioned the snap. 

"The relief of taking them off was amazing," she continued.

 

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"You don't NEED them. I feel totally fine in the second photo, and I can breathe again!"

The post has gained over 33,000 thousand likes on Instagram, all from people who appreciate Liv's stance on shapewear.

It's all about embracing yourself as you are, with or without the control pants.

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It’s been absent from magazine shoots and advertising campaigns for as long as many of us can remember, but it seems cellulite might be about to make an unlikely comeback.

As big brands and famous actresses begin to openly embrace stretchmarks, ordinary women have started sharing images of their cellulite in a bid to promote authentic body confidence.

The “Cellulite Saturday” hashtag was launched by body-positive activist Kenzie Brenna who has been using her Instagram account to prove that “all bodies are good bodies” whether or not they conform with standardised images of beauty.

 

GOOD MORNINGGGG  So, today is #cellulitesaturday  Let's talk stats ok?  These are pretty wild to me.  42% of girls in grade 1-3 want to be thinner  78 fucking % of 17 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies  "Teenage girls are more afraid of gaining weight then getting cancer, losing their parents or nuclear war."  In 2013 the American Medical Association created a policy that really didn't go anywhere, stating that the effects of digitally altering images to impressionable youth were so harmful they cause HEALTH PROBLEMS. I'm not fucking making this shit up people. And did it do anything? Nope. That's why offering up my #realbody, unedited, unfiltered for you to look at, for trolls to rip apart, is important because we have LITERALLY FORGOTTEN WHAT REAL BODIES LOOK LIKE. To quote WIKIPEDIA "cellulite occurs in 80-90% of women, the prevailing medical condition is that it's 'merely the normal condition of many women.'" NORMAL. It's fucking NORMAL. With stats above it drives me so hard so that way my future daughters and sons grow up with more real images of bodies around them than I did. To pray their mental and physical health isn't as affected as mine was. #fuckyeahhhhh #thisbody #celluliteisokay #bodyconfidence #nobodyshame #recovery #bodyimage #bodyimageissues #cellulite

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#cellulitesaturday? Can that be a thing? Last time I posted a picture of me TRYING to embrace a part of my body that I have been trying to change forever, 2 things happened. 1. A lot of women and even a few men came forward and said amazinggggg things like "thanks, your dope I need this, I NEED to see more of this, I WANT to see more of this, keep doing what you're doing, yes to normal bodies, etc." the incredible comments kept going, of people sharing their own struggles with trying to accept their bodies, to some women who don't even have cellulite embracing my body – THAT my friends is what this bopo community is all about. 2. Second thing that happened was obviously, the opposite. "Disgusting, gross, cellulite is not healthy, don't encourage kids or women to be unhealthy, nasty, wtf, if you exercise or rub cream or do-this-thing-that-makes-no-sense it will help you get rid of it" that shit went on, in my DM's and in the public comments.  I am not going to sit here and write to you what cellulite is, what it ISN'T or try to bang it into your head that yes, my dear friends "thin + healthy + fit" women also have cellulite, I am going to let you do your own research. You have google and you have can DM if you want to have a CONVERSATION exchanging opinions, facts and resources to help us BRIDGE gaps instead of create bigger ones. I exercise 5x a week, I will murder you at cardio (my cardiovascular system is off the hizzy), I foam roll, I do yoga, I stretch, I eat my greens and I drink over a gallon of water every day. I used to use creams, I used to dry brush, I got massages and considered surgery. SO, don't tell me that I have to be more fit, more healthy, more this, more that, don't tell me to try your cream or that I need to create more blood flow to the places where my cellulite exists. Cause bish, I got chu. Been there done that. My friends, my cellulite is here to stay. And I am fucking okay with that. #bodyacceptance #celluliteyoualrite #namaslay #thisiswhatfitlookslike #embracethesquish #mesosquishy #mermaidthighs #iamallwoman #tbcr

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After years of struggling with body dysmorphic disorder, the 26-year-old YouTuber turned to social media in search of women who were embracing their bodies for what they really were.

In a video entitled Love Ur Cute Rolls, Kenzie explains how finding “fearless” women inspired her to start encouraging others to do the same.

#CelluliteSaturday has since taken off with women around the world using it as a mechanism for personal empowerment.

 

Outtake turned favorite shot for #cellulitesaturday hosted by my girl @omgkenzieee . She shared some seriously eye opening statistics this morning about the epidemic that is body image distortion plaguing our young people. I find so much value and passion in my work with young teen girls, teaching them the foundations of self love so that they don't wait until they're 30+ to start discovering how amazing they are with my nonprofit @girlphoria . We can make a difference by creating an open environment to talk about the expectations and the realities.  I don't put bathing suits on and flaunt my body for attention or validation. I do it for the young girls and women trying to find someone that looks like them in a sea of photo shopped bodies.  In short- body diversity. Representation of all the different ways you can look with emphasis that there is no right or wrong way. This is why you'll find me sharing the parts of me that make me uncomfortable. So that I can provide peace for just one girl that she is worthy, cellulite and all.  As always babes, just do you!  Xoxo Allie

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Decided to be brave and raw with you guys. No filters, no editing, no cropping out my unmade bed/messy room. This is me. If you don't know, #CelluliteSaturday is a thing started by the beautiful @omgkenzieee. 93% of women have cellulite!! And while that statistic says the majority of women have it, think about how many of us try to get rid of it. The presence of cellulite is largely genetic, and im sorry to tell you that any topical cream is not going to get rid of it. I would be lying if I said i haven't tried to get rid of mine. I carry cellulite largely on my thighs and butt, especially underneath my butt. I workout 5 days a week, I eat a balanced diet, I drink lots of water, I foam roll every now and then. All of these things are said to be able to help reduce the presence of cellulite. But guess what? Who gives a fuck? lol. Honestly though. There are SO many other things that could be and ARE "flawed" about me. And if I have the "flaw" of cellulite than so be it. These "flaws" say nothing about me as a person, or who I am. This "flaw" that the majority of women have is considered a "flaw" because of the standards set by the beauty industry. Go look in a magazine, or any sort of ad with women showing skin and tell me if you see cellulite. The one company I know of that doesn't retouch the models is @aerie. But other than that, smooth skin with no evidence of cellulite is the so-called standard. And as women we constantly see that and then assume there's something wrong with us that needs to be fixed. My point is that if you have cellulite, you are not abnormal!! You aren't "flawed!" YOU aren't CELLULITE. You have cellulite. Just like you have eye boogers, ear wax, body hair, BO, split ends, stretch marks, moles, skin discolorations, acne, etc. These don't define you. Your character, heart, sense of humor, ability to understand. Those things define you and who you are as a person. Give yourself a break ladies. Much love #Cellulite #StretchMarks #LoveYourself

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Buckle up, folks; here's another post about my body. Are you over them yet? I am just in a constant state of introspection. Like my body changes daily, so do my thoughts about it. I wasn't originally going to post this photo because I zoom and zoom and zoom on all my imperfections. "My followers don't need to know that I have fat there." But fuck, man, it's not about that. I always named a number. I will be my best me at this weight. This is THE number. Numbers dictated my satisfaction. It's not until recently that I figured out that it's not finding comfortability in your ideal number, it's finding comfortability and confidence in all your body stages and numbers. I had an experience in Rome a week ago where I under-packed my clothing by a day, so I needed to buy a shirt. The pickings are slim in Rome for any type of chunk, so I settled on H&M. Shuffling through clothing racks, I noticed that their biggest sizes were large, with the exception of a few XL's. It brought me back to being in high school, feeling so discouraged and hating my body because stores made it feel like it was abnormal; shameful, even. I looked around and I found no familiar body types. I felt out of place; that my body didn't belong. It's like, years of work and body positivity can be shattered by one experience. I felt like I relapsed on my positive image, going back to self-sabotaging thoughts and actions. Dreading even looking at my shadow in the street because I didn't like the dimensions of it compared to the person I was walking next to. So, here I am. Vacuuming my house in yoga pants and a sports bra. Here I am, walking on the Tampa Bay Trail, letting the world see my cellulite. Here I am, allowing you to zoom in on my vulnerability. I will love this stage, and I will do my fucking best to love the next stage, no matter what number it is. #bodypositive #plussize #effyourbeautystandards #UsingIGAsABlog #cellulitesaturday

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No filters, no edits, no sucking in, no nothing. Just smack dab in the middle of some good ol' "flaw" showing sunlight.  Lighting can fully change how someone looks; and odds are, most of the women you know have had their pictures taken in lighting that hides their "flaws" the most, out of either insecurity or shame.  But reality is, the vast majority of women have cellulite, scars or stretch marks on their bodies. It's in our biology, and it's simply how our bodies are meant to grow, slim down and store fat.  Diet industries and public figures have caused such a stir about how our bodies "should" look like, that we've forgotten how to embrace ourselves as we naturally are. We've got our minds so rapped up into looking like one particular body, that we've lost conscious of how impossible it is for two bodies to be exactly alike. Our own damn bodies don't even look the same throughout the lengths of a day, yet we're still falling for a social ideal which simply cannot be met? To love yourself as you are, and move towards a better you, you have learn more about yourself and your body first. It takes time, and it takes strength, and you will have your downfalls, but I promise you, there is no greater feeling than embracing yourself for who you truly are #cellulitesaturday From: @deegetsstronger #HoneyLoves

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We’ve had the thigh gap, the thigh brow and now the Internet has ever so kindly brought us a new thigh-centred challenge: Introducing #MermaidThighs.

Designed to counteract the controversial thigh gap which has been doing the rounds for the last two years, the mermaid thighs movement is based on the idea that the more your thighs touch the closer you are to looking like a mermaid.

Women around the world have been sharing images of their touching thighs on social media in a bid to promote a sense of body positivity for those whose thighs do not fulfil the criteria of the thigh gap test.  Additionally they’ve been posting images of Disney’s Ariel as well as numerous mermaid thighs quotes.

 

 

 

But while the trend is supposed to be body positive and in some respects could been seen as the antidote to the thigh gap – which was widely viewed as a dangerous challenge – the mermaid thighs movement is not without its critics.

While some Twitter users have taken to the forum to celebrate the mermaid thighs message with comments like “this is my fav thing on the internet.  Bless whoever made this trend,” others have dubbed the tag “ridiculous” because in a sense it is as exclusive as the thigh gap trend.

One woman tweeted “I may not have a thigh gap but my thick thighs make me closer to a mermaid than you twig b*tches” – a comment which is clearly as exclusive as it is celebratory.

 

 

Just chuck me in the sea now. #mermaidthighs

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We’re all for self love but whether you’ve thighs like a mermaid or your thigh gap game is strong, surely it’s best to love yourself without taking down others.

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