Body Positive

I saw myself and I knew there was nothing that fatphobia or my inner asshole could do to take away the beauty and the magic that was right before my eyes.

Take The Cake: How Being Photographed In My Underwear Changed The Way I Saw My Body

After years and years of fatphobia-induced body dysmorphia, it’s hard to actually just see my body with anything approaching objectivity. But when I Read...
Virgie Tovar    |   06.22.17   |   SHARE
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Flavia Bernardes in her studio, surrounded by images from her series of body positive portraits.

Artist Flavia Bernardes Creates Body Positive Portraits Inspired By Instagram

I love portraying people when they are not playing roles, when they are just being themselves. That’s when they truly are at their most beautiful. So Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   06.21.17   |   SHARE

12 Body Positive Tracks To Boost Your Confidence For Summer

With incredible women, femmes, and other folks having more access to creating music, we’re literally at the height of woman-, femme-, and body- Read...
Laurel Dickman    |   06.16.17   |   SHARE
Your body is beautiful now, cellulite, stretch marks, scars and all. Walk with it, love it as you go, and honor it every step of the way. (Photo by Ashlee Dean Wells, 4th Trimester Bodies Project)

Your Body Is As Beautiful Today As It's Ever Been

So, women, I’m talking to you — give yourself permission to love every inch of you. Honor your body, and meet it where it is. To those of you who’ve Read...
Sandy Jorgenson    |   06.9.17   |   SHARE
Bodies
"I’ve clearly succeeded in building a textiled Fort Knox around my calves, but I realize there’s a hefty price to pay for it all: I’m paying for it with my life."

I Was Publicly Shamed For Having Big Calves

Over the years, I’ve created an intricate system of rules that keep my calves safely hidden from judging eyes, especially in the summer when shorts Read...
Dawn Clancy    |   06.6.17   |   SHARE
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"It is not necessarily pleasant to be defensive, but that's okay with me. My defensiveness was a strategic decision, well-earned."

Take The Cake: I'm Not Ashamed Of Being Defensive

Truthfully, I really want to be able to walk into every new interaction with the hope — the expectation — that everyone knows how to treat everyone Read...
Virgie Tovar    |   06.1.17   |   SHARE
Bodies
"I’ve heard too many of my fat friends talk about being kept out of the club by “policies” that didn’t seem to apply to thin people."

The Thin Velvet Rope

"My beautiful, kind, big-hearted daughter was denied entry to a popular club in NYC called One Oak last night because, as they put it ,'they don't Read...
Ragen Chastain    |   05.30.17   |   SHARE
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Image credit: Mariah Aro Sharp @mightymooseart

I Don't Give A Crap About My "Bikini Body"

I don’t remember being particularly confident about my body, I do remember thinking that I should look confident, even if I hated my thighs. Read...
joni edelman   |   05.15.17   |   SHARE
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