Can you believe another year has come and gone? Today, in celebration of the amazingness 2015 brought into the body positive movement, I’m sharing with you my 10 favorite body positive moments of 2015.
1. #LoveYourLines on Instagram
“Love your Lines” was created by Erika Salazar and Alex Smith. Their goal is to celebrate “real women, real bodies, and real beauty.” In a social media era when most of the images we see appear to be flawless and “perfect”, it’s refreshing to have a place were the truth about our bodies is celebrated. Yes, some women have cellulite and stretch marks and that is perfectly normal.
#LoveYourLines is a social media photo campaign to help showcase the beauty of the female body. This account is curated by two mommas hoping to make a difference in the world of the female body image. To submit your photos please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All women of different shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Photos submitted should be taken against a plain background. We can't wait to see your love lines!
All submissions are displayed in black & white and feature a personal message from each woman describing their path to embracing their love lines. All body types are celebrated and featured here– making it one of the loveliest places on Instagram.
'I spent the days leading up to vacation trying to decide if I'd wear a two piece. My decision is apparent, but my reasoning is simple – I earned every stripe adorning my body. It's a pity that having a child is a direct cause for self image issues, as opposed to being cause for an ongoing celebration. I had stretch marks before my daughter. I have more after having her. I was a divine vessel before having my daughter, & that hasn't changed now that she's here. If anything, it only affirms what is. Loving my body is a direct insult to anything that would have me think otherwise.' submission by: @bhargette
"At age 13 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune kidney disease called Polyarteritis Nodosa. – a complicated illness which had to be treated with high levels of cortisone, which caused the Cushing's Syndrome. The disease left my body covered with stretch marks; arms, legs, hips, breasts – all over. But I survived! My stretch marks will always remind me that I survived and was given one more chance in life. And I want that life to be full of happiness and love – despite my stretch marks."
2. “Dancing Man” Dances On
Sean O’Brien was at a concert earlier this year and while dancing was shamed by a group of guys who not only openly mocked him, but after capturing photos of their meanness, proceeded to step up their bullying into the web by posting it online for all to see.
However, just as the internet does sometimes, it stepped up and turned one mean act into a beautiful one.
The webosphere was lit and #FindDancingMan spread like wildfire. Finally finding Sean all the way in Liverpool, England!…and that, my lovelies, was only the beginning.
Sean flew down to Los Angeles and in one whirlwind visit had an epic dance party with approximately 1000 new friends. He danced alongside Meghan Trainor on The Today Show and threw the first pitch at a L.A Dodgers game. Not bad, Internet. Not bad.
3. 101 Body Positive Bikini Babes
101 Body Positive Bikini Babes was started in 2014 by Stina Scott, the fabulous Canadian blogger behind Fatshion Peepshow. This year she created a second compilation of bathing beauties and believe me when I tell you, my lovelies, it was just as amazing as the first one. There is something about seeing 101 women just letting down all their inhibitions and celebrating their bodies. There’s absolute freedom in loving your body as it is this very moment– no when-I’s or if-I’s, just pure body love.
“What you put on your body should make you feel confident, beautiful, and sexy; and it isn’t anyone else’s business. It took me a bit of time in regards to the bikini to learn that society shouldn’t dictate what’s acceptable for anyone to wear. It’s an amazing feeling when you realize that fact, internalize it, grow to accept it and in turn wear whatever you want to wear rather than what society says you should…” ―Stina Scott
This summer will go down as one of my favorites. People of all body types not only reclaimed the summer, but reclaimed the beach. One of my favorite body positive moments this year was Wear Your Voice Magazine’s Drop The Towel movement. The magazine inspired everyone, regardless of size or gender to stop sitting on the sidelines and just enjoy life.
“This is a movement for all body shapes, sizes, colors, and genders to proudly proclaim that they are done hiding their already beautiful beach/pool/lake or otherwise summer body – and are ready to lose that cover-up and drop the towel!”
a little behind the scenes sneak peek action from our second #DropTheTowel photoshoot, directed by our own @nataliecoblentz. Photo credit: @zapinc #WearYourVoice #effyourbeautystandards #fucktransphobia #allbodiesarebeautiful #beachbodies #EastBay #BayArea #photoshoot #behindthescenes #fbf #Queer #lovewins
What happens when O magazine advises a reader to wear a crop top, “If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach”?
Surprised to see this level of #bodyshaming (👎🏻) in Oprah magazine. The feature is about women feeling healthy. Part of health is self-esteem and that's intrinsically connected to body image. Stop telling women what they CAN'T wear. We can wear and do and be ANYTHING that makes us feel strong, powerful, passionate and in charge of our own destinies. I hope young women and women of any age don't feel like they're restricted by editorially imposed fashion "rules." The only rules are there are no rules. Wear what you love, what makes you feel confident, and own it. Confidence is power, and it's contagious. 👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿👊🏻👊🏼👊
Well what else? We inundate the internet with photos of all type of bodies rocking the heck out of our crop tops– and it was phenomenal.
I go away for a week and come back to this nonsense?!! Tsk Tsk @oprahmagazine . Women get fucked over all the time. We get beaten down and told we're never good enough…until we have a flat enough stomach. Life can begin…when they are finally that miracle size. It's BULLSHIT. We are finally at a time where we don't need old school thinking & dated magazines telling us what we can't, shouldn't or aren't supposed to wear. They peddle negative messages thinly veiled as 'advice', it's talking down to us, making us question and beat ourselves instead of building each other up, encouraging and supporting. We are fortunate to live in a time where we can make and choose the media we consume and we can finally feel free to try out things we've been barred from doing in the past because an invisible set of rules were laid out for us to follow. I do not have a rock hard flat stomach. It is soft and round and I still think crop tops look fucking fantastic on my body. We get to make our own damn rules now and I choose to #rockthecrop #PullingOffACropTop
In case you were still wondering, you can totally #rockthecrop no matter your belly size. Want to know how.to pull off a crop top? Look to diverse bloggers of all shapes and sizes! Fashion mags make money from selling insecurity. Don't sell yourself short by investing in their body-shaming advice. Start a #croptoprevolution!!! #pullingoffacroptop #effyourbeautystandards #rockthecroptop #croptopsforall #petitecurves #petite #honoryourcurves #barethebelly #curvystyle #curvy #curvyfashion #petitestyle #petiteplus #petitefashion #tcfstyle #realoutfitgram #ootd #plussizeblogger #blogger #style #allbodiesaregoodbodies #loveyourbody #boldncurvy #summerstyle #bodypositive #goldenconfidence #summerofthecrop @oprahmagazine @oprah
If the question is "Can I pull off a crop top?" then the answer is YES. Flat stomach, fat stomach, whatever – anyone (and any body) can wear this style. I'm really disappointed in @oprahmagazine for keeping these outmoded "fashion rules" rooted in body shaming alive. Everyone can pull off a crop top of they want to. Join me in tagging your crop top pics #pullingoffacroptop to show that fashion is not limited by size or body type. Thanks to @sarajanebaker for asking me to speak on this 💜 #psblogger #bodypositive #stylehasnosize #fatshion
CAN I PULL OFF A CROP TOP? "If and only if you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one." — via @oprahmagazine I'm tired of listening to other people dictate what is and isn't okay to wear on MY body. If you want to wear a crop top then go on my lovelies. Perfection is fiction, live your best life right now! #RockTheCrop #freethebelly #effyourbeautystandards #curvesalamode #bodyimage #mybodymyrules #myswakstyle #skorchxcrop #afropanamanian #pullingoffacroptop #celebratemysize #rockthecroptop #miamiblogger #sflbloggers #loveyourshape
Final verdict, Can I pull off a crop top? If, and only if, YOU want to wear one.
6. The Comeback of Body Hair
2015 saw the return of body hair in full force. Women all across the world were not only embracing but showing off their fabulous follicles in colorful hues and au natural– and it was pure loveliness. Regardless of where you are in the topic of body hair, the fact that as women we have decided to reclaim our bodies and with it the option to rock body hair on our legs, armpits or any other place it naturally blooms is amazing.
7. Ashley Nell Tipton Wins Project Runway
Seeing Designer Ashley win Season 14 of Project Runway was absolutely incredible. You see, besides being an incredible opportunity for Ashley, her win means a lot for the plus size community. Ashley Nell Tipton has just blown open the door for other talented plus size designers to be taken seriously and has spotlighted the fact that plus size clothes on plus size women are not only beautiful but fashionable.
I did it! I WON Season 14 of @projectrunway A dream come true! I can't explain how amazing it feels to be the winner. I couldn't have done it with out all the amazing help and support from my family and friends. I Thank You for continuing to believe in me. #projectrunway #designerashley #season14 #lifetimetv #sandiego
8. Gabourey Sidibe’s Love Scene on Empire
It’s unbelievable that some people still assume fat people don’t or can’t have romance in their lives. Not only is it ridiculous, but so far from the truth. On Episode 6 of Empire “A High Hope for a Low Heaven” we were introduced to Becky’s (Gabourey Sidibe) boo, MC J Poppa. As most of you die-hard fans know, Season 2 of Empire pushed the envelope to whole new levels of drama, but this particular scene was different. It was very mellow. Actually it was completely drama-free. Just a woman and her man having a nice romantic evening on a rooftop. And the downplay, of the scene was exactly what it needed. Why? because it’s a normal relationship and regardless of what a few ridiculous people out there believe, it does happen in the everyday lives of fat men and women. Period.
“Also, yes. I, a plus sized, dark-skinned woman, had a love scene on primetime television. I had the most fun ever filming that scene even though I was nervous. But I felt sexy and beautiful and I felt like I was doing a good job. I’m very proud of the work we all did to make that scene a great opening for the episode. I keep hearing that people are “hating” on it. I’m not sure how anyone could hate on love but that’s okay. You may have your memes. Honestly, I’m at work too busy to check Twitter anyway. #Booked. Hope you enjoy next week’s show!” ―Gabourey Sidibe
9. Plus Size Women x Active Lifestyle
2015 was the year plus size women were recognized as active individuals. The uprising of attention is not because this was the year that plus size women across the globe decided to get their fitness on, that’s been happening for years, but mainly because in 2015, everyone finally noticed– yes! plus size women workout.
Whether it’s yoga, pole dancing, or cross-country running plus size women are being seen as active individuals and that sitting-on-the-couch-watching-tv-with-bomboms à la Peggy Bundy stereotype is slowly being dissolved.
10. Danielle Brooks
This was the year of Danielle, the talented actress was everywhere. She sprinkled her infectious smile and body positivity everywhere she went. She shared her self-love journey in a powerful essay published on Glamour.com entitled How I Learned To Love My Body:
“I dreamed of being an actor, but when I looked for reflections of myself on the screen, I found few. Still, I found inspiration in the words of Sharon Flake and the music of India Arie. I took acting classes, where I felt free and accepted. Free to let out the biggest screams, to roll around the floor like a cat, and to cry sloppy tears without being judged. Accepted by this tribe of fellow performers, unique individuals who valued me for my talent and my boldness and not for what I looked like (or didn’t look like). In acting I found my confidence, my joy, my safe place.”
“As we shine our light, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence liberates others.” —Marianne Williamson I hope someone is liberated today! Go to glamour.com to read how I've come to love and accept my body. #wcw #voiceofthecurves #yesmythighstouch #yesmylegsarethatsmooth #ilovemybody #yesimtaystee #Taystee #daniellebrooks #curvy #loveyourcurves #youarebeautiful #bodyicon #bodyimage #myflawsareperfect
Danielle later teamed up with People StyleWatch and started the #LoveYourShape Movement, asking women of all shapes and sizes to share their favorite body photos with her on Instagram.
She also reminded us that something as simple as taking off your shirt at the gym could be highly empowering.
Hey 💜rs, Today I decided to do something I've never done before: Go to the gym with my SHIRT OFF!! 🙊 I thought I'd share why this is significant for me. I've always wanted to do this but have felt shameful and have told myself "until my body is perfect I'm forbidden." Today my inner being told me to turn up the notch on my self-love. I should not be ashamed of my body. I'm not a walking imperfection! I'm a Goddess. Secondly, I'm a confident woman! That doesn't stop once I take off my spanx. Lol Sometimes it's a struggle. Sometimes I don't like what I see, but I have the power to change the way in which I relate to my body both physically and mentally. Today I woke up feeling beautiful and motivated to love myself and take care of the ONE body that I've been given. I'm not saying World take your shirt off, twist it round your head, spin it like a helicopter🎶, (lol) I'm saying everyone live in your confidence. One Life. One Body. Take Care of It. With 💜, DanieB #voiceofthecurves #yesmythighstouch #lovethyself #beautyinandout #goddess #imabadshutyomouth #ivebeeneatingmygreens #thickathanasnika
Well, there you have them, my lovelies, my 10 favorite body positive moments of 2015. Which were your favorite moments? Share them with me in the comments below.
Until next time, have a safe and wonderful New Year. See in you in 2016!