Every day each of us meets a standard image of perfect life – social construct build up of pictures of ideal body, house, food, clothes and other puzzles of our daily routine. Social media hypnotise by high standards of what our life should be. This not only affects the way we perceive our bodies but the whole lifestyle behaviour too.  Body positivism, a movement with high popularity in modern culture, offers us alternative beauty standards and, what is more, a different approach to our life perception in general. These activists will make you expand your aesthetic outlook and crush the bonds of cliche.

 

Leah Vernon

The story of 20-year-old black Muslim plus-size activist from Detroit is inspiring and motivating for people, suffering of oppression of different kinds. This young woman confesses, that in her early childhood she had tough relations with parents, which made her hate being fat, Muslim and black because it didn’t fit the standard of the society, obsessed with skinny, white model-looking image. Born and raised in a religious Muslim family, Leah saw how women were treated and how double standards treated men.

Now she is a fashion and lifestyle blogger, plus-size model, freelance writer, novelist, and body-positive activist who stands for equality of underrated minorities. In one of her interviews, she says that among her motives is to use her personal example to tell the world that nothing is impossible.

 

Liza Golden-Bhojwani

Plus-size model, who shared her impressive story of her modelling career backstage and obsession on high fashion beauty standards now is a body-positive activist, inspiring her followers to start loving themselves.

Liza never dreamed of modelling and entered this business only for the sake of making money. Once she entered she started a rush for a thinner waistline which ended up with several faints and poor health condition. Experiments with 500 calories per day, gluten-free and other types of diets led to an emotional crisis and a firm decision to stop the exhausting, leading-nowhere rush. Now Liza is happy being honest and respectful to herself enough to stop doing things destroying her life.

 

Alessia Cara

A famous Canadian soul singer and songwriter, Alessia Cara conquered a status of a body-positive activist by her strong position expressed via multitudinous actions in public, previously in her art. Her well-known song Scars To Your Beautiful is called to encourage all diffident people not to pay attention to regardless problems listening to social ambience pressure but to accept their unique appearance and feel the self-love and satisfaction.

Recently she was teamed up with «I Am That Girl», the organization aims to support and hearten women to love themselves and be proud of their natural beauty. She also declares her convictions in mass media and her creed is «I would just say, the stuff that matters now won’t matter in a few years, and just chill out and enjoy your life».

 

Barbie Ferreira

The 20-year old successful model now laughs about her earlier attempts to start a career in film industry. Thinking of job in art she decided that cinema is the right choice. However, her body type was not accepted there. They said, in her 16 she looked much older due to her hips size. Later totally by surprise, Ferreira received an invitation from American Apparel recruiters, what was the beginning of her modelling career.

This young girl regularly posts pictures of her body with stretch marks on it and defends the right of every girl to have a body, she feels comfortable in. “Not only the consumer is being told they’re not good enough—even the girls in the pictures are given the same sh#t” – she comments in an interview to Vogue magazine.

 

Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg, a young actress, blogger and feminist, most known for her role in The Hunger Games stands for gender and race equality. Her message is to stop discrimination of gender or colour. Stenberg is negative about cultural appropriation the way it is now when black culture is often used by white people mainly for their own benefit, without any respect to historical and cultural ties.

In 2015 she left a comment below an Instagram post of Kylie Jenner, claiming Jenner in inappropriate behaviour towards black culture. A shot of Jenner with hair in cornrows was the reason of critics from Stenberg, who meant that such an appropriation of black culture shows nothing but ignorance and divorces the aesthetics from the struggle that produced them. In numerous interviews, she explained her position with the following question “What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?” The answer is to be found.

 

Zach Miko

One of few men who started modelling career with a focus on body positivity is an actor and a writer Zach Miko living in New York. After several minor parts in cinema (The Wolf From Wall Street), Zach became, as The Cut mentioned, «a voice of body positivity». He was much experienced in scoffs and derision, but didn’t want to be victimized: there were the roots of his further mission. «For me, the coolest thing about this is the idea that kids like me can look at a website or a magazine and see somebody their size instead of these Adonises. I think that’s going to do amazing things for their self-esteem», he says.

His model image is based on «boy-next-door» motives, without losing a huge share of elegance. Zach Miko is modelled for IMG, and it could be called bravely as a huge success for the plus-size movement in general and for him in particular.

 

JoJo

Probably everyone has heard of JoJo, who was on top of music charts in earlier 2000. Young girl with a sweet voice, singing about her love story – that’s how we remember her. Now despite all the highs and the lows, she is back and she is ready to talk about issues that really matter to her.

In an interview, JoJo looks back at her personal experience from a perspective of 25-years old successful woman and encourages girls to stop starving to fit narrow standards of a double-faced society. She confesses, that when she started her music career, at the age of 19, she was counting the daily amount of calories to be consumed and following severe lifestyle restrictions. In an essay for Motto magazine JoJo remembers “I wanted to make myself into a better product. So I restricted calories and took supplements and even injections to lose weight I didn’t need to lose “.

After that, she learned her lesson and went a long way of her true body acception and fight against social stereotypes. “I will never have a thigh gap,” she wrote. “At 25, I’m a brick house adorned with battle scars and cellulite, curves, and confidence… And you know what? It’s all good.”

Now this gorgeous woman made a spectacular comeback on music stage and, what is more, she doesn’t hide her personality and lifestyle beliefs. “When you accept who you are, it’s only a matter of time before others have no choice but to follow suit.”

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