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5 Black, Body-Positive Influencers You Should Be Following On Instagram
There is nothing better that you can do for your Instagram feed (and general social media sanity) right now than re-think your followers. Let’s call it a detox.
Not only is it absolutely the right decision to unfollow any toxicity on your Instagram, that you may have overlooked in the past, but may we suggest you replace those with at least a few of the brilliant women we are about to show you.
And what better time, right on the brink of this year’s Black History Month, to celebrate the Black women leading the way in body positivity – something they, and queer women looking for a space to celebrate their marginalised bodies, created in the 1960s after feeling like they didn’t fit in with society’s strict beauty standards.
So pour yourself a coffee, sit back and check out these five incredible Black women leading the way on the issue — and inspiring hundreds of thousands of followers to proudly own every aspect of their existence.
Advocate for eating disorder recovery, having suffered from bulimia for years, Tiffany Ima encourages her followers to “ditch body shame” and “feel at home in the body you have now.” Her concept is simple: exercises to be healthier, not skinnier.
An absolute hub for positive reinforcement, Ashley Wall aims to instil unapologetic confidence in everyone who follows her, especially those who are working to develop “a personal style, and who are ready to take on a small-minded world in a big way.”
Jessamyn Stanley is an award-winning yoga instructor who incorporates body acceptance and female empowerment into her yoga classes, making it all about how you feel instead of how you look. She is also a body-positive advocate and writer.
If you are into more of an artsy/fashion vibe, Naomie Chaput (who goes by Nao) is the one for you. Rising to fame on Instagram after going to war with rapper Future after he allegedly requested “no fatties” be allowed in a Miami club where he was partying, she is known for her plus-sized advocacy and all-round cool girl vibes.
Jamaican-born model Nyome Nicholas-Williams’s focus sques towards mental health and helping women embrace the skin they’re in. She has made headlines for challenging Instagram’s nudity policies, alleging that the app frequently censors Black bodies. She won, and Instagram has since updated their policies.
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