Body positivity influencers on Instagram are racking up followers and making bold statements. What message are they conveying? That body positivity is here to stay!
This article provides a list and brief profile of Instagram’s top 10 Body Positivity Influencers, currently making waves and a name for themselves.
The beauty industry and media stack up unrealistic expectations of what beauty and fitness should look like. As a result, accepting our bodies and imperfections has become a bitter pill to swallow. And sure, there are more representations of beauty in wider and varying ranges of shapes and sizes. But body positivity still needs more hype, awareness, and spokespeople before true acceptance can reign and body shaming is permanently tuned out.
Instagram influencers do more than their fair share by posting inspiring content that promotes body positivity. They keep it real with images of and conversations about acne, belly fat, and stretch marks. These influencers show us different types of beauty that are unfiltered, not airbrushed, or slaves to diet culture. They reinforce that our imperfections are actually normal. They valiantly use their platform to drive messages and content about diverse beauty, with a more inclusive body image. How awesome is that?
Instagram’s top 10 accounts for body positivity influencers:
Iskra’s 5 million Instagram followers know that she is more than just a beautiful face. A model and body positivity activist, she never retouches her images on social media, on principle. And she is not a fan of body shamers.
Her more commendable offering is that she is a National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) brand ambassador. Iskra also presented a TEDx Talk at the University of Nevada called, ‘Ending the pursuit of perfection.‘ Iskra draws from her experiences and uses her voice to deliver a clear and definite message about body positivity and how to achieve it.
With 1.2 million followers on Instagram, Megan Jayne Crabbe has earned her spot as one of Instagram’s top 10 body positivity influencers. She is a digital creator with 1.3 million followers across all her social networks and a best-selling author. This remarkable and magnetic woman is constantly looking for opportunities to get her messages across about body positivity, mental health, eating disorder recovery, and feminism. Megan has also teamed up with the BBC, The Brits, and Channel 4, where she hosts a podcast. No shock there! With so many other initiatives under her belt, she is more than a body positivity activist. She is a shining example. A real inspiration, Megan Jayne Crabbe is one to follow.
Em Ford started out on YouTube as a vlogger but rose to fame with her influential viral video, ‘You Look Disgusting’. In the video, Em challenges beauty ideals by using the negative comments she received on social media to create an inspiring short film. However, her over 800,000 Instagram followers know her for creating continuous and equally inspirational content about her struggle with acne. She has grown significantly within the body positivity community and must be commended for her earnest efforts.
A plus-sized model and digital creator, Caralyn opens up about her life and experiences to her 385,000 Instagram followers to encourage body positivity, instill confidence and uplift her followers. She is something of a poster- woman for body positivity, representing plus-sized women in the beauty and fashion industry.
With 268,000 Instagram followers in the bag, this plus-sized model is re-defining beauty standards. She lives and breathes body positivity through her work. Representing more curvy and fuller figured women, Candice Huffine is a queen in our books, giving us greater depictions and examples of true and inclusive beauty.
A Body confidence coach, author, and TEDx Speaker, already accomplished and with 242,000 Instagram followers, Michelle is making waves. She is listed as one of the most inspirational women in the U.K. Her motivational messages are not only limited to body positivity or confidence but include feminism, healthy relationships, mental health, and the like. Michelle is a well-rounded individual, and an inspiration!
Nicolette, a blogger and columnist, has re-defined plus-sized fashion for all people (not just women) when she launched Premme, her own fashion line. Not only does this clothing line promote body positivity, but it also makes a statement that fashion can transcend race, sexuality, and size. Nicolette often collaborates with various organizations and bodies that march to the same rhythm. Her 198,000 Instagram followers bear witness, observing her encouraging initiatives and also benefit from her altering the fashion landscape, while fiercely promoting body positivity.
A body-positive beauty expert, this model, speaker, writer, digital creative, and traveler inspires 154,000 Instagram followers. She affectionately refers to her Instagram followers as her BFFs. Adorable, right? And her message to her BFFs is that they should embrace their bodies and feel beautiful in their skins.
Shay represents and speaks on behalf of many movements with her courageous and inspirational sharing. Being a transgender, plus-sized, fashion model, Shay has lent her voice to issues such as transphobia and body shaming. Her 26,500 Instagram followers track her journey and find encouragement in her body-positive posts, among posts on other closely-related subjects.
With inspirational, motivational, and bold activists like our list of 10, who use their voices, vocations, and platforms to promote body positivity and related topics, it gives us hope that the movement has only begun gaining traction. While body positivity has made inroads, we have far to go as a society that still buys into media standards. But, it is comforting to know the caliber of activists dedicated to this cause.
It is even more comforting to note the number of followers supporting these activists and their causes. We have more than hope. We have a new generation who are unlearning traditional and unrealistic beauty standards and body expectations. These Influencers are broadening their followers’ minds and hearts to embrace a realistic and inclusive image and brand of beauty, through body positivity. The conversations are taking place, the statements are being made and the industries that contribute to this narrative are being infiltrated.