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13 Insta pages you NEED in your life pronto

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
September 23rd, 2019

If you have a quick scroll through your Insta, how many posts do you think actually feed you in a positive way? I just took stock of my own follows and I reckon it’s a real 50/50 split. Half make me smile and dish up a good serve of inspo, but the other half? They put a big dent in my feelings about my body. 99% of the time, the pics I’m scrolling through see me comparing my own bod to those long-limbed, peach-bummed models with impossibly perfect hair and flawless skin, which more often than not, leaves me feeling like a big old bag of dicks. Of course, it’s up to me to hit ‘unfollow.’

Last year we had Taryn Brumfitt ‘On The Couch’ and she gave us some tips on how to learn to love our bods and re-frame how we think about them. One of my fave tips was to fill our Insta feeds with as many diverse accounts as we can; ones that will fill our cups by celebrating gorgeous bodies, which we KNOW come in all shapes and sizes.

Simply put ladies, we need to start curating our Insta feeds to mirror want we want to see. It’s really quite incredible what happens to your brain when you’re exposed to confident and gorgeous women in an array of shapes and sizes who love their bodies. You see, all those things we see as ‘flaws’ – cellulite, stretch marks, soft flesh and belly rolls – they’re just parts of us, in the same way our hands and feet are. Not good, not bad, just… normal. And it ain’t just about bodies, the same goes for ALL the parts of us – our skin, our facial features, our scars, EVERYTHING.

If you’re keen to start celebrating ALL kinds of bodies and in turn, your own, here are 13 Insta accounts to follow that’ll make your feed a much more positive – and beautiful – place to be…

1. Taryn Brumfitt: @bodyimagemovement 

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Don’t let the smile in my before photo fool you, it took months of obsessing, weighing and calorie counting to get my body to look like that. The only thing worse than my tan was the realisation that there was no way I could sustain that body shape for the rest of my life! So I learned to embrace my body and now I have the great pleasure and honour of helping women embrace theirs too.⠀ ⠀ The typical ‘Before and After’ image celebrates weight loss, apparently a smaller body is a body to be all like high fives about. NO…JUST NO! ⠀ Your best weight is whatever weight you reach when you’re living the healthiest life you actually ENJOY living. For me, that is the red bikini photo! ⠀ Taryn XO⠀ ⠀ PS Sister, If you want to make peace with your body, join me for a different kind of ‘transformation’ – EMBRACE YOU, all the details in bio – – DO NOT MISS this round because it’s an absolute cracker! Registration closes midnight this Sunday, so don’t diddle daddle!!⠀ ⠀ #ihaveembraced #embraceyouonline #bodyimage #bodyimagemovement #tarynbrumfitt #bopo #bopowarrior #dietwhatdiet #womensupportwomen #wellnesswarrior #mentalwellness #mentalwellbeing #positivebodyimage #bodypositive #bodypositivity #eatingdisorderrecovery #lovelife #loveyourlife #onlineprogram

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2. Megan Jayne Crabbe: @bodyposipanda

3. Chidera Eggerue: @theslumflower

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4. Katie Sturino: @katiesturino 

5. Sylvia Mac: love_disfigure

6. Lizzo: @lizzobeeating

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100% THAT BITCH AT ANY SIZE 🙅🏾‍♀️ @breakfastclubam

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7. @hi.ur.beautiful

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Just a reminder, your weight does not define you 🙂

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8. Jada Sezer: @jadasezer

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THIS IS WHAT A MARATHON RUNNER ALSO LOOKS LIKE. Finally made it!!!! #thisgirlcan 🏆🏅

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9. Chessie King: @chessiekingg

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When was the last time you appreciated the incredible work your body does for you (without you even telling it to)? 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏻‍♀️ Now I am no doctor, but I do know that our bod’s are farrrr more interesting than just how they look in a bikini/trunks… When you can’t get rid of that constant hum of negativity in your brain, try & zoom in to your inner juicy bits. Just try, even for a minute in amongst all the noise, to sit in silence with your body & think “what is it doing for me right now”. Your own little biology lesson (& if you don’t know the technical stuff, google does!) Your ❤️ is beating, pumping blood around your body. Your breathing without telling your lungs to breathe. There’s a whole lotta work going on under your skin so let’s celebrate how wonderful our bod’s really are. #DEARBODYTHANKYOU 💛🧡❤️

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10. Em Ford: @mypaleskinblog

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Confidence is silent, insecurities are loud. #skinpositivity #acneawarenessmonth

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11. Sarah Frances Young: @bodypositivepear 

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It fascinates me that the human brain is so easily manipulated. Over the years we have been manipulated into seeing fat as being unattractive. We have been brainwashed into thinking that any fat on our bodies is ugly. We deem fat people to be unnatractive, alongside other incorrect associations such a laziness, greed, poor hygiene, and lack of intelligence. It didn’t take long, either, for our society to be repulsed by fat. And before you fat shamers start with “we are totalllllyyy programmed to see it as unattractive because it’s unheeealllthyyyyy”, you’re wrong. A) being fat is not synonymous with being unhealthy but also b) fat used to be the “ideal”. Fat used to represent wealth and health because it meant that you could afford to eat and were well nourished. Being thin signified that you were poor, underfed, and malnourished. You’ll find that what we are genetically programmed to find attractive is a lot more subtle. The more overt things are what we have been TOLD to find attractive. Like thinness. We are a product of the beauty standards of our time. You’ll also find that there are those who give in to that notion easily and will ostracise fat people and encourage the marginalisation of those with fat bodies. You’ll find those who live in denial that they find fat people attractive because it’s not socially acceptable to find fat people sexy. There are those who think that their fat partner is the only fat person they’ve found attractive because they “totally don’t condone being fat”. And you’ll find those keepers who just don’t give a fuck and reject our small-minded, prejudiced, fatphobic society and who see it as it is. But ya know, fat isn’t bad. Or good. It just is. Fat is just fat. It’s a part of the make up of our bodies that we need to survive. Some people have more fat than others. Some have a lot more. It doesn’t make someone unhealthy. It doesn’t make someone unnatractive. Reject false “ideals”. Reject false ideas. (Continued in the comments below)

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12. Karina Irby:  @karinairby_raw

13. Jessica Megan: @jess_megan_

You can watch our awesome On The Couch chat with Taryn here and her top tips in the vid below:

If you prefer to listen, you can get Monty’s full chat with Taryn in pod form into you below. While you’re there, consider subscribing to our pod here. It’s free and awesome.