Among the fashion, entertainment and media industries, body-shaming and impossible beauty standards are exceedingly commonplace. Using platforms like Tumblr, an important intersection for young people and issues of social justice, bloggers are changing the conversation and showing it’s possible to love the skin you’re in. Certain images or content within these blogs may be triggering or NSFW; be sure to check Tumblr tags before you scroll.
Stop Hating Your Body posts content across the self-love spectrum, encouraging readers and followers to discuss positive body image related to size, gender, sexual orientation and more. Tumblr users can submit their own content, but must adhere to the guidelines in order to maintain a safe space.
Fat Girl Food Squad is a Toronto-based food blog focusing on body positivity. Founders Amanda Scriver and Yuli Scheidt started the blog after they realized feeling alienated for their size at PR events.
At Fat Girl Food Squad, you’ll find a community discussing “the intersection between food, fat and feminism. These core ideas inform everything we do and everything we write about,” according the site’s about page.
Jes Baker’s blog rose to fame in 2013, after Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO made comments stating his company didn’t make XL clothes because he “doesn’t want larger people shopping in the store.” Baker responded by recreating A&F ads with the tagline “Attractive & Fat.”
The Militant Baker boasts more than 500,000 views every day, and focuses on a wide range of topics including body acceptance, rape culture, feminism and general empowerment.
As you can guess by this blog’s name, The Love Yourself Challenge offers positive messages for young people, challenging them to be comfortable in their own skin. Brother-sister duo Scotty and Rae Smith run the blog and create the original images, inspired by their own experiences.
Brazil-based graphic designer Carol Rossetti made headlines in 2014 for her empowering illustrations of women and the various societal challenges they face. Her Tumblr features her new illustrations, translated in English and Portuguese, with topics running the gamut from same-sex relationships to racism.
REglam is a fashion magazine aiming to change the conversation around the industry, focusing on real women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Its blog comments on a variety of body image issues, from “fat phobia” to bikini season to anti-bullying campaigns. Read more…