5 Body Positivity Instagrammers you should follow

Now that the summer season is coming slowly but surely, I’m sure I’m not the only one low-key stressing about my “summer body” and its state of readiness. Living in a city which reaches 35ºC+ and has easy access to beaches, I know this is something that I won’t be able to avoid for long. After many fights with myself, my family and my boyfriend on whether or not my body is desirable, I realized this type of thinking has to end. Yesterday. I unfollowed around 100 accounts that boasted “perfect” and sculpted bodies, which I am sure fell victim to Face tuning and Photoshopping. Instead, I have started following accounts of women who love their bodies and themselves, regardless of curves, size, and the number on the scale. So if you are like me and need some body positivity in your life, check out these incredible ladies below! 

(Note: Body positivity and diet culture are topics I would like to explore more in depth in coming articles, so stay tuned. I thought this would be a good starting point for both Second Nature and you guys.)

Caitlin Fladager

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I owe myself an apology. ⁣ ⁣ I owe myself an apology for all of the times I have spoke ill of myself. ⁣ ⁣ For all of the times I have thought I was “less than”. ⁣ ⁣ For all of the times I thought I wasn’t deserving of pure happiness. ⁣ ⁣ I have been punishing myself. ⁣ My thoughts consumed me, and clouded my judgment. ⁣ ⁣ For a long time I thought I wasn’t deserving of a good life, of an anxious free day. ⁣ ⁣ I became so consumed by my own thoughts, that I had actually convinced myself that I didn’t deserve good things. ⁣ ⁣ I constantly whispered to myself many things. ⁣ ⁣ “you’re not good enough.”⁣ ⁣ “You need to be better.”⁣ ⁣ “You need to try harder.”⁣ ⁣ “You need to be a better wife/mother.”⁣ ⁣ “You deserve to be afraid of what the world has to offer.”⁣ ⁣ “You have sure gained some weight.”⁣ ⁣ I was speaking so awful about myself, that I started to really believe it. ⁣ ⁣ And you know what? ⁣ I never apologized to myself for it. ⁣ ⁣ I am a good mom.⁣ I am a good wife. ⁣ I deserve good things. ⁣ I may always live with my anxious thoughts, but the least I can do is speak kindly to, and about, myself. ⁣ ⁣ I deserve that. ⁣ ⁣ So, today I start over, on my journey of self love and acceptance. ⁣ ⁣ I start it off with the biggest apology I could ever owe. ⁣ ⁣ To myself. ⁣ ⁣ I’m sorry for all of the times I spoke down on you, when you needed me most. ⁣ I’m sorry I didn’t believe in you. ⁣ I’m sorry I almost gave up on you. ⁣ ⁣ I will work harder, to love you, and to appreciate you. ⁣ ⁣ Here it is, the biggest apology I could ever give. ⁣ ⁣ The most important apology I could ever owe. ⁣ ⁣ To myself.

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Danae Mercer

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In a society that profits from self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act. I’ve been thinking a lot about these two quotes lately (the one in the mirror is by @happyhealthyhans). About how we as WOMEN are TAUGHT so much self HATE and DISLIKE from a young age. By brands. By media. By family members and partners and friends. It’s so pervasive that it seems normal. We even see it NOW, when there is a PANDEMIC but somehow WEIGHT LOSS has become the focus. But the horrible thing with all of this is that it keeps us feeling small. Fragile. Half broken or weak. We are taught to tear ourselves apart so we do – and along the way, we diminish our incredible, inescapable power. I lost years of my life to the grey haze that comes with being obsessed with the mirror. I’ve found just how vibrant the other side can be. So today, I want to stress this: What you see in the mirror is not your enemy. That body you have been so taught to hate is truly your greatest friend. And when women stand together, whole both in OURSELVES and as a community, that strength is momentous. We can change lives. We can change countries. We can help friends and make days brighter and raise children and raise cats and love with the full force of the goodness inside of us. We can do SO MUCH. SO MUCH more than DIET CULTURE would ever want us to even dare to believe. So let’s do it. Let’s try. Me, you, and all the wonderful, complicated parts of your reflection. We are in this together. No diets required. . . . #iweigh #feminist #perfectlyme #normalizenormalbodies #selflove

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Mik Zazon

Sarah Nicole Landry

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I keep coming back to this question. Over and over again. Perhaps my time away from the outside world has folded me into myself just a little bit more. ⁣ ⁣ It was about 5 years ago when my therapist helped me understand my sponge personality. That my opinions felt confusing because they weren’t really my own. ⁣ ⁣ I’d simply sponged them from others. ⁣ ⁣ Copy, paste. ⁣ ⁣ Part of forming my own opinions, becoming more truly “me”, began by looking at all the people in my relational world as advisors. ⁣ Not deciders. ⁣ Advisors. ⁣ ⁣ This time apart from the world has made me ask who I would be, yet again, without the opinions of others ruling over me. ⁣ ⁣ Something I now manage on a daily basis, consulting my top advisors when required. ⁣ ⁣ I remember the 11 year old girl who didn’t think she could wear adidas because the most popular girl did.⁣ I remember the 14 year old who thought she wasn’t cool enough to wear coloured jeans. ⁣ I remember the 17 year old who would agree with everything her boyfriend liked, so he would like her. ⁣ I remember the 21 year old mother who felt judged for her every move because she was so young a mother. ⁣ I remember the 24 year old who started a blog and did it only the way she thought would “fit in” with the rest. ⁣ I remember the 27 year old who stayed in a marriage for three more years after she knew she was done, for fear of what others would think. ⁣ I remember the 29 year old who would skip meals and be proud of how her stomach didn’t grumble, hoping she could take a new transformation photo of her “healthy lifestyle”. ⁣ The remember the 31 year old who hid her amazing boyfriend from everyone so they wouldn’t feel like she moved on too quickly. ⁣ ⁣ I remember at 32 realizing the depths of how other’s opinions would impact my every day life, as I would begin to step into a more in-depth ME. ⁣ ⁣ My biggest roadblocks in life were opinions I’d sponged. ⁣ The biggest boxes I sat in were formed by the illusions that it mattered more than it should. ⁣ ⁣ Not everyone will like me. ⁣ Not everyone will agree with me. ⁣ ⁣ Can I allow myself to be genuine to me, before I will be a diluted version for others? ⁣ ⁣ That, is my question.

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Mary Jelkovsky

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