This Women’s Day Let’s Take A Cue From These Body Positivity Influencers

Mar 7, 2022, 13:42 IST

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Be it mainstream media, the entertainment industry or social media, body positivity has always been, one of the most talked about topics. With a whopping 9.7 million posts currently on Instagram, the hashtag #bodypositivity is certainly creating waves. By the time you read this, the numbers will have jumped.

Body positivity is the concept aiming to deconstruct the unwarranted societal expectations and promote acceptance of all bodies in their pure form. This philosophy throws light on the importance of health and physiological wellness over mere outward attractiveness. It promotes self-acceptance, admiration of self and feeling all things good.


Hashtags like self-love, body positivity, and body acceptance are trending. This International Women’s Day let’s celebrate by loving our bodies unconditionally. We have these much-loved body positivity influencers to pave the way for us.

Rupi Kaur

@rupikaur_

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A poet, artist and a performer, that’s who Rupi Kaur is. Born in Punjab she moved to Canada with her parents at the age of four. She wrote, illustrated and published her debut collection of poems, milk and honey, when she was just a 21-year-old university student. Her next work, the sun and her flowers, followed soon. Over 10 million copies of these collections have already been sold and translated into 42 languages. Her most recent novel, home body, was #1 on international bestseller lists.

By finding her own following outside of the traditional magazines and publishing companies, Kaur became famous on Instagram. Love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration are all themes in her work. She is vocal about loving our bodies, menstruation, body hair, womanhood and even motherhood.


Kaur was the girl who uploaded a photo of herself lying in bed with some menstrual blood staining her pyjamas and blankets on Instagram. It was a project she did for school but the photograph was banned on the platform as it was breeching community guidelines. However, it was later re-posted. She received a lot of hate and backlash for this but it blew up, sparking an almost never-ending discussion.

Tess Holliday
@tessholliday


Tess Holliday – @tessholliday
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If we had to describe Tess Holliday in one word it would be ‘unapologetic’. She is one of the most well-known American plus-size models, makeup artists and a social media blogger with a large fan base. On Instagram and other online media platforms, she is loved for expressing her fashion, sharing her way of life, encouraging body positivity, and posting authentic, unedited photos and videos of hers. Holliday is open on her weight issues like body dysmorphia and anorexia and always reminds people to be kind to themselves and each other.

Holliday was a part of H&M’s sustainable fashion campaign and has been featured on the covers of various design and entertainment magazines, inspiring many. As a promoter of body positivity, she believes that everyone should be free to look however they choose without being subjected to social constraints and restrictive standards that are not achievable by everyone. Holliday’s aim is to change the way media portrays women and beauty and is known for shutting down body shamers.

Alicia Keys

@aliciakeys

Alicia Keys – @ aliciakeys
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Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys can be the face of body positivity. When she discontinued wearing makeup for public appearances in 2016, she launched a makeup-free revolution with the #NoMakeup social media campaign, causing a big impact and drawing lots of publicity and attention. Her songs and lyrics encourage people to stand up and take pride in themselves. 

Keys was open enough to say that the reason she stopped wearing makeup was because she was addicted to it and felt uncomfortable without it. Wearing makeup since she was sixteen, she decided it was time to free herself from it.


Going barefaced for her album Bare, Keys said she never felt more confident and comfortable. Though she is not as strict with the no makeup anymore, she still promotes natural beauty and how there is no need to always look a certain way all the time. 

Going barefaced for her album Bare, Keys said she never felt more confident and comfortable. Though she is not as strict with the no makeup anymore, she still promotes natural beauty and how there is no need to always look a certain way all the time.

Ashley Graham

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Ashley Graham – @ashleygraham
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In 2015, Ashley Graham created headlines by being the first size-16 model to appear in an ad for a magazine’s swimsuit issue. A year later, she was featured on the cover. From there, she went on to be on the cover of coveted British and American magazines.

In her book, A New model: What Confidence, Beauty, And Power Really Look Like, comprise illustrated personal essays. She discusses how the debate around body acceptance is evolving, as well as how she didn’t allow a number to stand in her way of pursuing her goals.


By encouraging everyone to be true and comfortable with themselves, Graham says we should appreciate people of all sizes, shapes and colours. Emphasising that size is only a number, she stresses how physical and mental health are a higher priority than wanting to look a certain way. 

Jessamyn Stanley

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Jessamyn Stanley – @mynameisjessamyn
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Yoga instructor and writer Jessamyn Stanley is a body positivity supporter who has been featured across a wide range of publications. Stanley says the only genuine cure to our inherently present negativity towards our bodies is body positivity.

Stanley has been highlighted in a several international publications since 2015. Vowing to shatter stereotypes on what a yoga body should look like, she wants to inspire more individuals who don’t see themselves portrayed in the yoga community to join her in this journey.


From the comfort of her own living room, she began a yoga practice initially and started to post online about it. People were caught off guard seeing her do yoga because of her weight and she realised this was the opportunity to be real with the world and how anyone can do yoga.

Also read: This International Women’s Day, Let’s Foster An Empowering Environment