Right photo via Instagram.com/eliacastrillo
Women post lingerie selfies for all kinds of reasons. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always aspiring models objectifying themselves for approval. No, it’s women taking selfies in a show of self-love and self-acceptance. Women are using social media to share their stories and bodies in the name of feminism and sisterhood. They’re using their words and images to protest against the haters, to challenge society’s beauty standards and to simply celebrate and enjoy the skin they're living in.
Here we chose 10 of our favourite body positive posts:
I will never forget when I saw someone post a picture of themselves with the caption "I would be a plus model, but that sh** is for lames". At first it made me feel self conscious, like I should be embarrassed that I'm a plus/curve model and not a "regular" or "real" model. Then I said to myself "well, call me a lame then!" I feel sad that someone could insult their own body type like that! Why should only one body type be portrayed in the media as beautiful? The ONLY difference between a curve model and a "regular" model is the size of our clothes. Other than that, we're all just out here WORKING......and occasionally twerking lol. I private messaged her and told her she is in fact beautiful, could model, and should appreciate the women who model and represent her body type. #naturalmodelsla #healthyisthenewskinny #endrant #idontrantoften #gimmeabreak
I am so very in love with this body. This (body) is my home where I am glad to be. Over the years this body has become perfect to me (that in itself is a miracle). I could choose to see it's flaws, but instead I choose to see it as a whole package. I chose to love the thick thighs, the skinny calves, the slender arms that are very hard to put meat on. I choose to love and relish in the fat that clings on, below my belly button and the cellulite that hangs onto my butt. Just feeling grateful tonight. Any one else with me? #FeelingFree #bikinirebellion
Hey "fat" girl, hey "ugly" girl, you're more than what they say. Put on that outfit they said you shouldn't buy and step out anyway. Go to the beach, the fashion show, the prom. Go to ALL those places they say you don't belong. Don't dance alone in the darkness. Twirl while the lights are on. Shake what your mama gave you, baby. You deserve to have fun. Take a good look at your body, sweetheart. Make sure you smile when you do. It doesn't need to be for everyone. It was made JUST FOR YOU. #BodyPositive #LoveYourBody #EmbraceYourShape #LoveTheSkinYoureIn #BeautyIsEnergy #IAmMoreThanANumber #IAmEnough#CelebrateMySize #SelfEsteem#SelfLove #BeYou#EffYourBeautyStandards
Body progress. Over a year on hormones and blockers. I've come a long way #demilovato#selenagomez #confident #bodypositive #fitness #allblack #victoriasecret #missphilippines #piawurtzbach #kyliejenner #jessicajones #genderproud #transexual #trans #transgender #ladyboy
Can't believe it's only been about 6 months since I started my journey as a #transgender #woman and it's amazing the confidence and happiness that can be built in that short amount of time. #transformation #tgirl #mtf #transisbeautiful #journey #behappy #truetoyourself #girlslikeus #ditavonteese #lingerie #blonde #platinumhair #confidence #curves
Phew. Okay, here goes. Once when I was 6 years old, I fell asleep on the school bus. When I woke up, someone pointed out to me that I had something on my t-shirt. I went to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and written on my shoulder were the words "Fat Pig." I was devastated, and I felt emotions that I know are unnatural for any child to feel. I felt violated, abused, and unsafe. Those feelings manifested into an INCREDIBLY unhealthy body image that would follow me up until adulthood. Every night I would go to bed wishing I would wake up as someone else. As a better person. I hated the skin I was in. I resented God for making me this way. I didn't understand. Now, finally at 31 years old, I've done something I NEVER thought I would have the courage to do--I bought a two piece bathing suit. Not only that, but I somehow have mustered the courage to post it onto social media! It's an incredibly scary step to take. I've struggled with whether or not I should do this but the truth of the matter is, I'm not doing this for myself. I'm doing this for the girls out there who are still struggling with the skin they're in. Whether you're a size 2 or a size 26--you gotta embrace your shell of a body. And you gotta fix the inside--the mind, the will, and the emotions. Because if you go from 300 lbs to 120 lbs, but don't address the way you see yourself--you'll never be happy. That is a fact. Don't internalise the negative and nasty perception some people will have of you...those are NOT your burdens to bare, baby. #PlusSized #Curvy#BathingSuit #HonorYourCurves #HonorCurves #EffYourBeautyStandards #TessHoliday #AshleyGraham #HunterMcGrady #Inspiration #Torrid #Forever21Plus#TorridSwimwear #BodyImage#SelfAcceptance #SelfLove #LoveYourSkin #LoveYourCurves #ChubbyBunny #GentlemenPreferCurves #SheNeedsATan #TakeMeToTheBeach#Hawaii #Oahu #Fatshion
This is what 24 hours postpartum looks like. Baby in sling. Skin to skin. Adult diapers. And a rosy glow. My body feels like it ran a marathon and my heart is wide open from yesterday's travels. Birth opens us like an earthquake opens the earth and I am still in the intimate, fragile throes of that opening. I feel raw. Emotional. Different. I feel like I'm on the undulating surface of the rippling ocean being tossed back and forth between happiness, gratitude, melancholy, and grief. 25 hours ago I held life within and 24 hours ago I surged and transformed allowing life to flow through me, into my waiting hands. The emptiness in my womb brings a heavy feeling crashing into reality but then this new little life whimpers, searching for the breast with soft rooting, and I feel whole again. I am still processing the beautiful transition my whole family has traveled through and I am in complete awe of our strength as humans, women, and mothers. This time is simply unlike any other. #fourthtrimester
Check out my transformation! It took me 15 minutes. Wanna know my secret? Well firstly I ditched the phonewallet (fwallet) cause that s**t is lame, swapped my bather bottoms to black (cause they're a size bigger & black is slimming), Smothered on some fake tan, clipped in my hair extensions, stood up a bit taller, sucked in my guts, popped my hip - threw in a skinny arm, stood a bit wider #boxgap, pulled my shoulders back and added a bit of a cheeky/I'm so proud of my results smile. Zoomed in on the before pic — zoomed out on the after & added a filter. Cause filters make everything awesome. What's my point? Don't be deceived by what you see in magazines & on Instagram.. You never see the dozens of other pics they took that wernt as flattering. Photoshop can make a pig look hotter then Beyonce.
In celebration of the 2 month anniversary of my armpit hair. In celebration of my first bra in three years. In celebration of FlowersOfChange. In celebration of freedom and all things blooming. @ambertheactivist has asked what my body hair would say if it could talk, and this is what my hairy pits would say;
Thank you for seeing me. Thank you for giving me the freedom to bloom. Thank you for loving me as I am.
Growing out my body hair gives me such a feeling of freedom. See I'm a dark haired, light skinned woman, even when I tried to keep up the illusion of a hairless body, stubble always gave me away, like a little kid hiding under her invisibility cloak. Also, I'm a grown ass woman and I've grown weary of the idea of making my body look prepubescent so as to be deemed attractive or acceptable. But most of all, I'm done hating my body and the magic with which it was made. Even weeds are gorgeous flowers seen through the right eyes. #freespirit #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive #bodyhair #hairyarmpits#natural #flowers #infullbloom #blooming #rebelle #girlswithtattoos #lotus #loveyourself #selflove #allbodiesarebeautiful #selfacceptance #inspiration #femaleempowerment #feminism #wildwoman #selfie #workofart #radicalselflove
There was no caption with Baddie's post but I love her and her tagline - 'stealing your man since 1928'.