Critics of social media often point out that especially Instagram would blur our image of what is beautiful and desired. It would create an unrealistic world of beauty and only push further a certain beauty standard that has been in place for so long. However, these four athletes show us how the mainstream can be challenged, literally by social media, showing a nonexclusive voice for everyone and everBODY.
1. Jessamyn Stanley is a Yoga teacher and a star on Instagram. In an interview she stated: “I am Not Being Afraid to Take Up Space.”
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I fell in love with the high quality + stylish @JCPenney athletic wear that I wore during the #HereIAm shoot- the shorts, leggings, and tops made me feel very strong, sexy, and confident. However, we rarely see fat bodied athletes wearing revealing clothing. I think it’s because we’re expected to hide our bodies beneath layers of fabric. However, feeling good about ourselves should be a universal value- and what better way to manifest self-love than by wearing the clothes we actually WANT to wear, instead of the clothes we’re expected to wear? Regardless of body shape or size, we’re all meant to live our best lives right now, at this exact moment. But let’s face it- confidence can be hard to maintain in the face of opposition. It may not come easy, but confidence is more worthwhile than almost anything else in this world. I maintain confidence by reminding myself that I am meant to be unique- and the unexpected bits of my body and personality are the best parts. How do you maintain confidence? #sponsored
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2. Erik Cavanaugh is a professional dancer.
On his Youtube channel he makes one thing very clear…
3. Michelle Christine Mesch is a Pole Dancer who has a history with fatshaming. She says “I feel sexy and free.” And just look how that is working out for her:
4. You don’t like dancers and Yoga? How about running?! Marathons! Across the Rocky Mountains! Mirna Valerio won awards for her blog „Fat Girl Running“.
These influencers are here to stay on Instagram.
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