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  • Writer's pictureCaylie Poola

Body Positivity is Always on Trend

Like most college students, I spend a LOT of my time on social media.

I mean, if I wanted to embarrass myself I would show you my screen time analytics.


At times it can be motivating, uplifting and a creative space for me. However, sometimes, as most of us know, it can be a pretty intimidating and scary world consisting of models, expensive clothes, products, and people who seems to be doing better than you - I mean, the grass is always greener right?


Recently, I have been seeing something on social media that I like a lot, and that I wish had always been there - and that is the rise of social media influencers who dedicate most of their following to body positivity. I don't know about you, but it can be tiring opening up your phone to see a curation of people who have less than 1% body fat, a personal trainer, dietician and clothes that seem to always fit like a glove. I think it really took until recent years, possibly even 2020 for the wavelength of showing everything from stomach rolls, imperfections and all different body types to be considered trendy. As someone who has been health conscious for a few years now, eating mostly plant based and working out regularly, it took me until just a few months ago to change my motivations behind all that I was doing. I used to simply care about my fitness and health regimen so that I would look good - thats it. I didn't care if I felt extra tired from not eating enough, or unsatisfied from never allowing my body to have the junk food it craves occasionally. As long as I looked good, right?


Wrong.


It doesn't have to be like that, it can actually be so much better than that. I refocused WHY I wanted to be healthy and made it something I love to do because it makes me feel good, gives me the fuel I need to be successful in what I want to do and because maybe, yes, it's always nice to feel good and confident in your own skin. I also started to change my common phrase of saying I am into health and fitness and started to think of it as just wellness. Wellness, is defined as "the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal." And in my interpretation, is a balance of taking care of your body and your mind. To me, it is no longer about making sure I eat clean everyday or never miss a workout, but checking in with how I am feeling, reaching my goals and letting every aspect of my life work towards making me feel healthy in all capacities.


This change of heart would not have come if it weren't for the major increase on social media of people who constantly promote and represent confidence and taking care of your mind, body and soul. People who are kind of like, "yeah I just ate a whole pizza, next question." Influencers like this deserve a following because they have such a strong influence on girls and boys who are so much younger than me, and can see social media as a platform for more good than bad.


So, here is a little list of some of my favorite body positive influencers you should follow, like right now.


1. @ashleygraham

The first size 16 model on the cover of sports illustrated. She literally uses her platform for everything good in the world of body positivity. Follow her, right now.


2. @effyourbeautystandards by @tessholliday

Tess Holiday created effyourbeautystandards in 2013. Its main goal is to change the way the media often represents women, bodies and makes people feel. Why wouldn't you follow?


3. @sienamae

Tik Tok star, Siena Mae, who is only 16, is known for her Tik Tok's of breaking down the walls of what a perfect body type should look like through dancing around, showing all her body rolls, and being confident through all that she does. Many of her posts show the power of certain clothes and poses, how what you see on social media isn't real life.


4. @brittanilancaster

Another Tik Tok rising star, Brittani is QUEEN of body positivity, what I eat in a day's and all things confidence. She grew her following off of sharing each meal she eats in a day through 60 second Tik Tok videos that are all about eating what your body craves, eating balanced and making sure to eat three meals a day. Brittani is recovering from 2 eating disorders, which she is open about on her social media. Definitely a must - follow.


5. Sierra Schulze (@schultzze)

One of my personal favorites, Sierra is a YouTuber/Influencer that is known for her videos trying on different styles / brands of clothes on her body type, her friends body type & overall just being comfortable and confident with the clothing size you wear. She is constantly putting herself out of her comfort zone through her creative YouTube videos to share a strong message of body positivity with her 1.23 million subscribers. Not only that, but her videos are a good watch overall, you definitely won't be bored.


I could go on, (and on and on) but for now, go follow these amazing woman! I hope amazing individuals like this continue to become successful in an industry that for so long failed to acknowledge that every size is beautiful.



Heres a little daily reminder you are fabulous from Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine circa 2006:




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