I don’t deny that Instagram has the potential to be harmful to your mental health. It is crammed full of accounts showing people with ‘perfect’ bodies living seemingly perfect lives. But I also believe that if you are careful about who you follow, it can be a very positive place. Instagram has a huge body positive community full of people hitting back against the norm and showing that it is possible to love your body regardless of what shape and size it is.

Ashley Graham

@ashleygraham

Model Ashley Graham, is perhaps one of the most well known body positive influencers of the moment. She is absolutely everywhere at the minute and has shown the World just how beautiful curves are.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Iskra Lawrence

@iskra

Iskra is another body positive model that I have been following for years. She is very open about her past struggles with body dysmorphia and disordered eating and is on a mission to help others love their own body.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Megan Crabbe

@bodyposipanda

Megan’s colourful feed is packed full of positivity. She regularly posts photos of herself at ‘unflattering’ angles to counteract the perfect filtered images that are in abundance on Instagram. She even rocked up to the Lion King premier make-up free. Absolute queen!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Grace F Victory

@gracefvictory

I love everything about Grace Victory and her Instagram account is a regular source of inspiration for me. Grace is very open about everything – eating disorder recovery, mental health, trauma, sex, you name it. And there is some serious outfit inspiration going on!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bryony Gordon

@bryonygordon

Bryony is an author, columnist and advocate for mental health and body positivity. She regularly posts photos of herself in bikinis and underwear absolutely loving life and showing that it is possible to be happy and love your body whatever shape and size it is. She also runs marathons in her underwear! Bryony is such a strong role model and a force for good in the World.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tess Holliday

@tessholliday

Model and founder of #effyourbeautystandards, Tess Holliday gives zero fucks what anybody thinks or says about her body and she is not afraid to show it off. It’s also worth following her husband Nick’s account (@nickhollidayco) for more body positive inspiration.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Jameela Jamil

@i_weigh

Jameela Jamil is my new hero! Her Instagram account @i_weigh is all about ridding the World of body shame. She is also very vocal about people and products that she considers to be damaging and immoral. Recently she has spoken out against the Kardashians’ relentless promotion of dangerous diet pills and detox teas.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Pink Bits

@pink_bits

Pink Bits is a recent discovery of mine and I absolutely love it. All posts are illustrations of subjects considered to be taboo or bodies that are often shamed and expected to be covered up.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Laura Thomas

@laurathomasphd

I have been following Laura Thomas for a while as I attempt to develop a more normal relationship with my weight and with food. She has recently launched a campaign against Cancer Research’s current obesity campaign in the UK. As someone with an eating disorder myself, I was genuinely shocked and disgusted by how stigmatising and potentially harmful this obesity campaign was so huge qudos to Laura Thomas for making a stand.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Notoriously Dapper

@notoriouslydapper

Kelvin describes himself as a ‘body positive gentleman’. He has an absolutely stunning Instagram feed and shows that body positivity isn’t just for women.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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