With the holidays approaching, we can put increasing pressure on ourselves to look a certain way, but where’s this pressure coming from? Is from ourselves or from our ideas of how we ought to look?
It’s all too easy to feel bad after flicking through a magazine or scrolling through Instagram. However, it’s important to remember how selective and edited these images are. No one is ever that perfect in real life.
Read on to find inspiring accounts to follow on Instagram and take our personality test.
Challenge your idea of beauty with these Instagram accounts
On Instagram, there are lots of great accounts which are redefining our ideas of beauty.
Mama Cāx (@mamacaxx) was given three weeks to live at the age of 14 after being diagnosed with bone cancer. She survived and now models wearing a prosthetic leg and works as a disability advocate and blogger.
Another model, Emily Bador (@darth_bador), went viral after posting a picture of herself showing her eczema, armpit hair and rolls of belly fat. She says: “You don’t owe it to anyone to be perfect. You are not less worthy because you don’t have a flat stomach. You are not less valid because you don’t shave your armpits. You are not less beautiful because of your scars, stretch marks, eczema, acne.”
As well as embracing your imperfections, body positivity is about accepting your natural size and shape. Megan Jayne Crabbe (@bodybosipanda), author of Body Positive Power, learned to love her body after recovering from anorexia. Her vibrant posts are a positive reminder to love yourself and the skin you’re in.
Harnaam Kaur (@harnaamkaur) is also worth following. She was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome as a teenager and developed facial hair. Rather than try to get rid of it, Harnaam embraces who she is. She recently received a Guinness World Record for being the youngest woman in the world with a full beard and expressed her pride: “As a self made, strong, empowered, turban and bearded, multifaceted woman of colour. I AM PROUD OF ALL OF MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS! ❤??? Becoming a Guinness world record holder for me was life changing! I now have a record for something that I was bullied for. I am the Youngest woman with a full beard!”
Learn to love yourself the mindful way by adding @kay_ska to your Instagram feed. She’s not bothered by cellulite and nor should you be! Follow her for great self-love tips and body positive pics.