HUFFPOST PERSONAL 12/20/2018 03:02 pm ET By Jamie Feldman Alison Stevenson’s social media presence is what corporate brands that have hopped on the body positivity train to earn profit wish it could be ― authentic. The comedian and performer, regularly pictured in her underwear, started posting sexy photos of herself about two years ago. It’s an effort, she told HuffPost, to “not sexualize myself in a fetishy way ― but to say ‘here’s my big belly, but I’m still trying to be sexual.’” Body positivity ― real body positivity ― like Stevenson’s has found a home for itself in online communities such as Instagram and Tumblr. These sites serve as sanctuary for people to feel empowered and less alone. But Stevenson wondered what bringing that powerful notion into the real world might look like. Something like, say, a strip show featuring women with all different body types? Stevenson knew fat … [Read more...] about Lingerie, Cheers And Tears: Behind The Sexiest, Most Body-Positive Strip Show Of All Time
Grace Victory: The body positivity campaigner who want you to love your body and ignore the haters BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Even though body positivity is now all over our Instagram feeds, it hasn't always been that way. Grace Victory says she wouldn't even have got into activism if it wasn't for the fact she "couldn't see myself represented in terms of size, skin colour, hair or class," she says. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/grace-victory-the-body-positivity-campaigner-who-want-you-to-love-your-body-and-ignore-the-haters-37613328.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/features/article37613326.ece/b1dfb/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-12-11_lif_46424047_I2.JPG Email Even though body positivity is now all over our Instagram feeds, it hasn't always been that way. Grace Victory says she wouldn't even have got into activism if it wasn't for the fact she "couldn't see myself represented in terms of size, skin colour, hair or class," she says. The body positivity movement … [Read more...] about Grace Victory: The body positivity campaigner who want you to love your body and ignore the haters
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 11/28/2018 12:00 pm ET Updated 20 hours ago By Jamie Feldman The internet can play wildly contradictory roles in the body-positive movement. On one hand, social media has allowed demand for inclusivity to spread quickly and broadly ― increasingly, the people in media and on runways more closely reflect what consumers and audiences actually look like. It has never been easier to find and follow people on social media who advocate for self-love and inspire their audiences to do the same. But the internet can also be, to put it mildly, a hellscape. Those who have made a career of being open and vulnerable with their followers about issues of body image and activism are no doubt familiar with the vitriol and bad behavior that come from trolls. It’s hard to imagine what being on the receiving end of that kind of hate ― and that kind of love! ― might feel like to a person who promotes inclusion and advocates for self-love. … [Read more...] about ‘I’m Afraid To Google My Own Name’: What It’s Really Like To Be Body-Positive On Instagram
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 09/27/2018 12:00 pm ET By Jamie Feldman Chances are that even if you don’t recognize Anne-Marie’s face, you know her voice. Her single “Friends” has over 5 million plays on Spotify. Her single “2002” is a mainstay on the radio. She has lent her voice to tracks with Marshmello and David Guetta and is currently opening for Ed Sheeran on tour. If you do know her face, perhaps it’s because you’re one of her more than 2 million Instagram followers, who are often treated to refreshingly realistic rhetoric about self-esteem and body image. Her honesty about how she feels about her body makes her one of very few public figures using their platforms to spread authenticity in the body positive movement. For her, some days are better than others, and her feed is representative of that. She is just as quick to share her insecurities as she is to talk about how she has reached a place of more … [Read more...] about Anne-Marie’s Approach To Body Positivity Is Refreshingly Honest
HUFFPOST PERSONAL 09/07/2018 12:15 pm ET By Jamie Feldman Bodied is a series in which we ask people to get real about their relationships with their bodies. As the body-positivity movement challenges unrealistic beauty standards while insisting we love what we got, we want to push the notion that self-acceptance is a process. Here, we’ll examine how people have grown to love and accept their bodies ― or not ― and the steps they took to get there. Plus-size model and activist Denise Bidot was pretty surprised when a swimsuit campaign she appeared in went viral in 2015. The revolutionary-for-the-time Swimsuits for All campaign featured Bidot’s bare stomach, legs, stretch marks, cellulite and not a drop of retouching. She had already posted the un-retouched campaign images herself when the brand asked if she would mind if they left the photos as-is for the circulated ad. “I was like, ‘Oh, shit,’” she told HuffPost. … [Read more...] about This Body-Positive Model Thrives On Going Un-Retouched. Here’s How She Handles A Bad Body Image Day.