In the journey to learn to love your body, it is helpful to expose yourself to other people who already love theirs. There are tons (hahaha!) of ways to do this but I highly suggest that you start following some of the body positive bloggers who are making significant headway in this area. They espouse body love and analyze they way they bodies are presented/treated in media and the world. All of these women and smart, funny, fun to read, and can really help you get your head to a better place when it comes to thinking about your bod.
Jes Baker (aka The Militant Baker) shows you immediately that she is not fooling around with her motto of “Lost the bullshit. Love you body.” She is a body advocate, fat model, mental health professional, self-love enthusiast, feminist, and author of “Things Noone Will Tell Fat Girls.” She has been reported on by BBC, CNN, the Today Show, ABC, Huffington Post, and New York Magazine.
I love Jes’ style. She challenges herself, and me, to do all the stuff that society says we should not. Her list of “25 Things That Fat People Shouldn’t Do” is great and you can challenge yourself in little or big ways, depending on how you feel.
Virgie Tovar is an author, activist, and lecturer. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. She is interviewed and quoted everywhere these days including the New York Times, Cosmo, Bust, MTV, and the Huffington Post. She is fab and funky and not afraid to say the things that need to be said.
I participated in Virgie’s very first Babecamp, a 4-week online course wherein she helps people break up with diet culture and helps you take “your rightful place in the babe pantheon”. It was a fantastic, life-changing experience. Her philosophy of is “lose hate not weight” speaks to many people who really want to love themselves now.
Lindy West is the body positive face of the hour, as she is on tour with her best-selling book “Shrill” and was the inspiration for a “This American Life” podcast about being fat. Less a blogger and more a writer, editor, and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humor, and body image. She is funny and insightful and gets the struggle. Lindy is everywhere but a good place to start is with her work for The Guardian paper in Seattle.
Brittany Gibbons is a body image advocate, model, author of “Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It”, a New York Times Best Seller. She writes with great humor on her blog and talks body image, sex, fashion, relationships, and life.
Brittany is super funny and ballsy as hell. She gave a TED talk on the reinvention of beauty and body acceptance in which she stripped on stage in front of 700 people! If that kind of boldness and humor intrigues you, check her out.
If you want to learn more about body positivity, come meet us in New Orleans! We will be there from October 7-10, 2016 and it is going to be amazing!