No matter how many times I’ve been told not to compare myself to strangers online, somehow I still end up doing that. As fun and informational Instagram is, it can be equally daunting. Looking at women who practically seem perfect, living their best lives, really makes you doubt yourself and your life choices. Social media, like anything else, has it’s own pros and cons. In fact, it’s proven been that social media can cause anxiety and depression.
Fortunately, there’s been a change in the way people have been using social media. Instead of portraying a picture-perfect life, more and more people have been showing their true and authentic self online. For instance, these inspiring women have recognised the ill-effects that social media has caused and they’ve taken it upon themselves to portray their lives authentically.
Megan is a body-positivity activist and uses her platform to spread self-love and acceptance. She opened up about her eating disorder and encourages her followers on Instagram to love themselves for exactly who they are. I personally follow her account and I have to say that during my moments of insecurity, her super cute and positive posts have helped me.
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I thought I'd go and visit the babe responsible for thousands of fatphobes on the internet losing their shit this week. Apparently a fitness brand using mannequins above a UK size 8 is the most outrageously offensive thing that's ever happened! Or to quote some of the comments I've seen – "dangerous", "disgusting", and "promoting death". Imagine my surprise when I entered @nikelondon and the mannequin did not, in fact, try to kill me! We actually got along great and fully rocked this impromptu photoshoot. • And do you know what I noticed during my death defying encounter with a plus size piece of plastic? People of all shapes and sizes were in the store. Some bigger than the mannequin, some smaller, and every single one deserves to see themselves represented and be catered for. Regardless of their fitness level. Whether they work out or not. Whatever fatphobic wankers want to say about who can and cannot wear a pair of fucking leggings. Every one of us is worthy of being represented, celebrated, and seen. This is a very small step in the right direction, and the reaction to it has shown exactly how necessary it is. • P.s. the mannequin is called Avril and she would like to remind you to drink some water and say something nice to yourself today. 💜💙💚🌈☀️ • [image description: Megan is standing in a Nike store next to a plus size mannequin in black sportswear. She's wearing a white crop top, pastel patterned trousers and pink trainers while smiling and leaning on the mannequin as if they're besties] #bodypositivity #bodypositive #bodyconfidence #justdoit #nike #allbodiesaregoodbodies #fitnessmodel #plusisequal #bodyposi
Jameela is one person who is not at all afraid to call out problematic people, brands and situations. She is truly the definition of “keeping it real”. In the past, she’s addressed many celebrities like the Kardashians, who promote harmful diets and weight-loss products. In addition to her bravery, what makes her even more inspirational is the fact that she openly talks about her stretch marks, cellulite and other so-called ‘flaws’.
How could I not include Chrissy Teigen in this list? She’s is definitely the most relatable celebrity on the internet. From talking about her period skin to the difficulties of being a mother, Chrissy is extremely vocal about her everyday problems. I always take comfort in the fact, that even celebrities face everyday mundane problems, whenever Chrissy posts something relatable AF.
Sonam Kapoor is known for her fabulous sense of style and her stellar career as an actress. Although people have also been applauding her, for exposing the BTS of her glamorous life. This bare-faced picture of her that she posted is proof! Previously, she also posted a picture of herself in the midst of getting ready for a red carpet event. She revealed in the caption that the glamorous shots that we get to see of her are only possible because of a whole team of makeup artists, hairdressers and stylists, that spend hours to get her ready.
All we get to see is celebrity red carpet looks, but Mindy Kaling shows us the real work that goes on BTS. From applying deodorant while wearing Spanx to a face full of acne cream, Mindy is not afraid to show us her not-so-glam regular life.
Adele’s beautiful voice is not the only thing her fans love about her. Her fun personality and her authenticity is also something that her fans adore her for. For instance, take a look at this hilarious and super relatable picture that she posted of herself. All I can say is “same”.
Known for her quirky designs and strong personality, Masaba Gupta is definitely one person you should be following on Instagram. She has opened up about how she had a hard time dealing with acne, body issues and learning how to love her curly hair. A sentence that she wrote in one of her captions really resonated with me. It was “Collect your scars & build them into something beautiful”. I am in awe of how she unapologetically loves her unique features.
What are you waiting for? Open Instagram on your phone and follow these inspirational women ASAP.
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