The message of The Body Confidence Revolution is now represented and supported by wonderful ambassadors. We vow to always be fully inclusive and intersectional and advocate for the true meaning of body positivity!
NIAMH MORRISON || H CUP CHRONICLES
I’m very honoured to become a part of The Body Confidence Revolution family. I started my blog this year – H Cup Chronicles – to share my passionate addiction for lingerie and show that there are exciting options for women who wear larger cup sizes. I also wanted to put myself out into the world as an advocate for body positivity. I hope that women who have similar bodies to me will see my confidence and self love, and realise that they can have the same things.
During a period of transition in my life, I came off anti-depressants and started learning how to take care of my mental health. I came out as gay to my family and close friends and lost around three stone in weight. I have never seen my weight loss as the key to my new found happiness and confidence, and I would never suggest it as the answer for anybody else struggling with their own body image. In fact, losing weight created a new string of insecurities for me. I was left with loose, stretch marked skin on my boobs and belly. It was just another hurdle for me to overcome, and I want to show that there are other ways to be successful, beautiful and confident.
I believe so strongly in the body positivity movement. There is still much to overcome but by adding my voice and experiences I know I can inspire others to join us in breaking down the unrealistic standards and expectations imposed on us, and show that true beauty lies in diversity and acceptance.
I am so happy to be able to share my story with you all. I have struggled with body image and an eating disorder since I was a young girl and it never struck me until I was an adult how much it affected the way I lived my entire life.
I put on weight early on in life and never understood why. I know now it was just my body shape but it made no sense to me or anyone else at the time. I couldn’t find a single photo of anyone widely considered beautiful who had a body like mine. It has made me realize how important diverse representation is in the media and fashion industry. So many people suffer with eating disorders and I have personally observed it in many of the women I know. Miserably obsessing over what you eat ends up becoming very toxic and I know that while some people have eating disorders stemming from different things, mine had everything to do with my body image.
It angers me that I was still considered “not thin enough” for the modeling industry when I was going through the worst period of my eating disorder. That was a version of me in a very unhealthy state of body and mind, and yet I was still expected to be thinner.
I always wanted to model and in a way it actually helped me gain a thicker skin. Being told constantly there is something wrong with your body can sometimes give you the confidence to tell people they’re wrong and your body is perfect the way it is. I want people with eating disorders to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I have eventually come to respect my body and not punish it. I think worth is often tied up in a narrow definition of beauty and that needs to change.
I hope that this revolution will give people a fighting spirit to fight back against any person or institution that has made them feel they are not worth anything because of how they look.
LINDSAY MARIE || MS LINDSAY M || #SELFIESFORSELFLOVE
Hello all, lovely to meet you!
I am a feminist and body positivity activist as well as a survivor of sexual assault and have also recovered from disordered eating. As a result of my experience with both the modeling industry and eating disorders, I have developed a strong passion for helping women achieve radical self-love, especially when it comes to their bodies.
I believe that representation matters and that when we see images of ourselves in the media we are empowered. As a result, I started my blog and the hashtag #selfiesforselflove and am a strong believer in the power of social media to make change. When women celebrate their own beauty, especially if they fall outside of society’s predetermined beauty norms (ie. white, thin, cis & able-bodied), they are able to feel more comfortable in their own skin.
I actively speak up against diet culture and make it known how triggering those types of conversations can be for some. I support women in finding their own personal best regardless of the size they wear, what foods they choose to eat and whether or not exercise is a part of their lives. I believe that all people should be able to live a life free of oppression and harassment, especially when it comes to their personal lifestyle choices. I support the idea that sizeism should be part of the intersectional feminist movement in the same way that racism, heterosexism and classism are. My brand of feminism is intersectional, anti-racist, inclusive and always always always body positive.
I’m honoured to become an ambassador for TBCR! I have a passion for helping others, whether it be rebuilding their confidence or just being someone that they can turn to. It’s helped me to grow into a better person, to see my own beauty and to understand what self love really means.
Growing up and for most of my adult life I experienced hell in the world of self-esteem and body dysphoria; only in my case it was gender dysphoria. I have known since I was very young that something wasn’t quite right. I was never into boy stuff even though I looked the part. This was especially difficult because the term transgender was not really a thing back then; it was all drag queens and other derogatory terms. I wrestled with my esteem and sexuality; constantly in and out of councillors’ offices and taking this med then that one. Nothing seemed to work.
When I first began my transition I was finally giving up a lifetime of self loathing even though I was about to embark on a hard road full of judgment. Being able to see my inner worth allowed me to rise above the cruelty that is so freely given. A cruelty that is directed at anyone who does not fit into society’s image of beauty. You’re either too skinny or fat, too tall or short, too promiscuous or timid; and it’s time to put a stop to these archaic expectations.
GEORGINA HORNE || FULLERFIGUREFULLERBUST
Why hello there lovely people, I hope you’re having a wonderful day.
My name is George and I blog and model all things plus size over at fullerfigurefullerbust.com. I live with my husband, pet rats and far too many dresses in Surrey 🙂
I’ve been blogging for around 6 years now, and it’s been a crazy old journey that has taught me a lot about myself and the world around me. I try to be honest about my struggles and triumphs as I think it’s important to show varied content on social media – share the glossy highs and the murky lows. I personally don’t mind seeing a world where we airbrush photos and talk about weight loss, so long as we have balance and spaces where this doesn’t exist or it’s kept to a minimum.
I’m a big advocate for exercise, especially weight lifting! Nothing can beat feeling strong and a cheeky rush of endorphins, and this year I’d love to post more about the exercises I love and that my larger, wobbly body is capable of.
I’m super happy to be a part of TBCR, and I look forward to what it brings!
AMBER LEE BARKER || AMBER IN RED
I’m Amber, a twenty-something, shoe-collecting, book-loving dreamer who lives in England and writes a lot.
Like so many people, I’ve lived in lots of variations of this body that I call a home, and I’ve often hated it and wished it could be ‘better’. Becoming diet and exercise obsessed in my late teens reinforced the idea that getting thin would make me happy, but really it made me more self-critical than ever. After comfort eating my way into being a fat bride after University, I hated myself all the more. I gradually realised I had nothing to gain from this self-hatred, and everything to gain from stripping off those shackles.
Life is just too short to live imprisoned by unrealistic beauty ideals. We are made for more than that, and it’s a waste of people’s time, energy and talents to be so focused on negative body image. I would like to encourage people to love and accept their bodies and feel empowered in them – to be absolutely kick-ass and follow their passions in life. I really believe those things are related because once we feel free in our bodies, they stop being a hang-up that holds us back in life. I think the key is honesty, because none of us is better than the other and we all have difficult days. This is what I hope to get across with my blog which is an exploration of life, its challenges, and the things I think about.
How do I define body positivity? The belief that all bodies are equally valuable; all expressions of choice in those bodies are valid; and the resulting attitude of self-acceptance, self-love, and freedom.
I believe that as an ambassador for The Body Confidence Revolution I can help to further that message, and I’m very excited to do so!
Growing up as a gay, disabled, chubby kid I didn’t exactly fit in. I never really knew there was anyone else in the world like me. No one in magazines or on television represented me. The only representation of people my size were always the fat ‘funny’ ones, because god forbid someone finds a fat person attractive. After years of fad diets, exercising too much, eating too little and countless hours spent in front of the mirror hating myself I finally snapped. THIS IS MY BODY. It allows me to do such amazing things. So why am I spending all my time and energy hating on it?
When I was born they told my parents I would never walk. 40+ surgeries later, here I am strutting my stuff online for the whole world to see. I’m doing this for every boy who never found someone who looked like them in the media, for every girl who spent too many nights awake regretting what they’ve eaten the day before and for everyone who doesn’t feel they are good enough. YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!
I’m still on my body positivity journey and I want you to join me, lets change the world together!
My name is Michelle Marie and I am a self love advocate and plus size model. I have battled with my weight and my size all my life; desperately trying to fit the narrow beauty ideal portrayed in the media and fashion industry. I was put on my first diet at the tender age of five years old, and before the age of ten I had developed depression and an eating disorder due to the overwhelming feelings of worthlessness I felt.
I was sure that if I could only be thin, then I’d be good enough, everything would fall into place, and I’d be happy. It’s taken me til now (my 30’s) to realise that happiness lies within. Happiness lies within being kinder to myself, and treating myself with the same love and compassion I like to treat those around me.
When I had my daughter in 2014 that was the final key to making a change. I can’t bear the thought of her feeling the worthlessness and despair I did, so I am doing all I can to change the way society views and portrays other body types. I want to prove to her, and the world, that we all have beauty, and we all have worth.
Furthermore, I’m short and fat, queer, have a hidden disability am mixed race and I rarely feel represented in the media and fashion industry. So along with helping others to feel better about themselves, I also want to advocate for more diversity and inclusivity. It’s outdated to only champion one narrow band of body types. It’s time to reflect the full spectrum.
A revolution is needed, and a revolution is here. The Body Confidence Revolution WILL make a difference. Maybe not to the whole world, but hopefully to yours.
It’s okay to be you, just as you are.
I am a body positive activist and advocate for animal welfare, and am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this inspirational revolution.
I began posting photos of my ‘squish’ to Instagram, where they received lots of love and adoration. I realized that people were tired of seeing the same images on screens and pages. There seemed to be a specific framework on which to set the desirable woman or man, and this framework only made up a tiny fraction of society as a whole. People wanted to see cellulite, bad hair days, no-makeup, no filters, fat, ripped thigh seams, big bums and dark circles.
Really, what they wanted WAS more honesty.
Because of this, movements like The Body Confidence Revolution are imperative, because not only will it enrich the lives of men and women, but because it aims to stifle messages regarding harmful body image. Negative body image kills thousands every year through eating disorders and depression worldwide. The beauty industry is inflicting real pain because human beings just physically cannot reach the standards set for them, making people feel miserable every single day.
Therefore, we need The Body Confidence Revolution. It is paramount that we eradicate stigmatised messages, and in its place, redefine aesthetic normalcy, endorse self-love and empower a happier, more confident society.
The Body Confidence Revolution is about championing self-choice and defining a new beautiful, one where YOU are in charge.
I’m Fran Hayden, body positive activist, feminist warrior and all-round advocate for that body loving goodness.
I am completely thrilled to be a part of this phenomenal movement as a body positive revolution is seriously overdue. For so long, I (and many others, I’m sure) have felt an inability to blend seamlessly into society. Growing up as the ‘fat girl’ led me to believe that there would never be a place for me in society where I could happily coexist with this body that I call mine.
My blog began out of sheer frustration at the lack of representation I had so far felt for my body size – but soon, as my blog blossomed and my social media accounts flourished, I realised that I could carve out my own kind of body image acceptance. I needed to realise that I didn’t need anyone else’s permission to absolutely thrive in my own skin – and when I came to that conclusion, my whole world was invariably enveloped by a positive glow.
I have since been featured on the Daily Mail, interviewed on the BBC by Frankie Bridge, written for the Independent and the Huffington Post – all of which show me that society is peeking around the corner to see who else the arm of body positivity can be extended to.
Which is why I’m honoured to be a part of this revolution, I don’t want another generation of young men and women to live confined by their bodies because society says so. I want to encourage a positive appetite for bodily love, dished up by the person who exists in that body.
ABBY RUSSELL || CURVY LIVING
Hi there lovely earth cherubs!
Grace here! I’m a 21 year old feminist, queer, College student in the States. I love hula hooping, tattoos, avocado, tea, animals, saving the planet, making my own products and basically everything else in the world too. My best friends call me the coddler – you need hugs and support? Don’t worry – I’ll be the comfiest bra you ever tried.
Like many of the amazing people you see above, I have a passion for making people feel good about themselves, to continuously educate myself, to do better for the planet, and to listen to people to help them feel like they are heard and loved.
I am constantly amazed by the people around me. Their resiliency, strength, bravery, compassion and their never-ending drive that pushes people to live and flourish- it inspires me endlessly. It’s funny to think that I see all of that in others but forget that I hold those same qualities, and I know that that is other people’s reality as well. I am a survivor of sexual abuse and recovering from an eating disorder. These things left me feeling empty and worthless, but I am still here and that’s what matters. And you are all still here and that’s what matters most too! We all hold that burning strength and light in our hearts every moment of every day.
It’s been my mission to create honest, raw and supportive communication with those around me and that took form in the body love project and Instagram, which I started a few months ago to give people a platform to celebrate every aspect of their relationship with themselves, positive, negative and anything in between. Unfortunately, I had to take a break from it for my own mental health but I’m eager to start rebuilding and sharing more stories and connections!
I can’t wait to explore this journey with you all. To learn, to love, to stumble, and to thrive. All of us joined together can gain so much from one another, to create a space for dialogue and different ideas, and to live a life of love. So reach out, let’s talk, learn and grow together. Sending all my love, light and positivity to you all every day! xoxo
My name is Gabby, and I am in recovery from Anorexia, but I won’t let that, or my other mental health problems define me. Instead, in moments of confidence and clarity, I prefer to think of myself as a sassy, wise, and valuable Goddess (because yes, we are allowed to call ourselves that), who won’t take no BS from nobody, or anything inside my head.
From a young age, I have always been very aware of my body. My breasts grew at an alarming rate in high school, and attention was often called to them by friends and family, making me very self-conscious. My eating disorder stemmed from a need for control over a life that I felt was spiralling out of control, in the very high pressured environment of an all-girls private school.
Now at the age of 20, and taking a break from my university studies to concentrate on loving myself instead of being consumed by stress and anxiety, I spend my time doing things that make me and others happy. My other interests include culture, literature, live music, languages, and good food.
I have joined The Body Confidence Revolution to share my stories, as a current sufferer of anxiety and depression, and survivor of rape and sexual assault. As a passionate advocate for mental health awareness, I believe that body confidence also encompasses the mind, and how we feel about ourselves personally as well as physically. Let’s join together to embrace our mental quirks, as well as our glorious bodily lumps, bumps, curves, and crevices.
I can’t wait to show everyone how beautiful they are, and watch my own confidence grow with yours, as I share my experiences and body with you. (It’s just the female form! Why should we hide it? #freethenipple).
Hello everybody! What a pleasure it is to introduce myself as a part of The Body Confidence Revolution!
My name is Kitty Underhill and I’m an inbetweenie model and actress based in Brighton, UK.
I am a passionate advocate for body positivity as I know first hand the horrible effects of what it’s like to grow up in an environment where you’re made to feel like you’re not good enough just because of your body. I’ve always been at war with my body – I grew up thinking that hating yourself was normal because I didn’t know anything else. I would constantly punish myself and hated myself for not fitting in with society’s standards of beautiful; I wasn’t slim, I didn’t have big breasts, and I never saw women like me represented anywhere, so of course I internalised this and it fuelled my self hate. I was told from every corner that I wasn’t good enough and this destroyed my self esteem and confidence and resulted in me suffering from depression and anxiety. It’s only recently that I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to love myself and whilst it’s been a difficult journey, it’s changed my life and I only want to spread messages of body positivity and encourage more people to love themselves. This is why I became a model – I hope that by women seeing their body type represented they can see that they are beautiful too, whether they fit into society’s beauty ideals or not.
We’re surrounded by such negative societal pressures about what we’re supposed to look like and we internalise this more than we think. In reality there is no wrong way to have a body – you are beautiful no matter what size, what age, what gender, what race. You are magnificent; never forget that. I hope that with The Body Confidence Revolution we can teach you to ‘eff the beauty standards and be beautiful, brilliant, confident, you.
CHRISTINE HANCOX || PEACHY YOGA
My name is Christine Hancox and I’m a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Mindfulness Teacher and Student Yoga Teacher.
I struggled with my weight and self-acceptance since my early teenage years. From the age of 13, I experienced trauma both emotionally and physically, which created a strong negative view of my own body and self-image. Through the years, I really struggled to find acceptance of me as I am.
As I became a young woman, I played the game of buying clothes, using make-up and socialising, making sure the ‘I’m okay’ mask was tightly fitted so that others wouldn’t suspect anything was wrong. Underneath I felt a lot of shame and guilt, seeing myself as ‘damaged goods’. I isolated myself, fearing rejection from others – keeping the world at arms length, blocking out my emotions by self-medicating with junk and comfort food and little self-care.
At 25 I had my beautiful baby boy and that was the first time I felt some ownership of my body. I believe that pregnancy and motherhood started a process of awareness. At 28 my gorgeous baby girl was born and my awareness continued to increase about how I had seen myself in such a destructive or negative way.
The breakdown of my marriage catapulted me into a scary place of not knowing who I was and slowly I began to rebuild my life. A single mum of two, working I took a brave step into study. Starting with a local community education course I then moved onto CBT therapy, following on to mindfulness and now about to embark on yoga teacher training. Through this personal development I am finding ways to challenge the negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs, being more mindful and compassionate towards myself, improving self-care and becoming stronger.
I am privileged to work with young people and adults who also struggle with many of these issues and can offer both my own experience and professional training to support their own journey.
Becoming an ambassador will be a wonderful way to continue to promote self-acceptance, inner strength and resilience and confidence to a much wider audience and I can’t wait to get started.
Hello, sunshines 🙂
My name is Rachel and I am currently a sophomore in college. I’m an aspiring writer and educator who loves art, overanalyzing movies, and making people smile.
While my friends and family would probably describe me as “overemotional,” I would argue that I am simply expressive. To be able to express my emotions and love openly is an act of revolution, and resilience. One of the reasons that I am such a big fan of TBCR, is because of the way it demonstrates the strength that is at the foundation of vulnerability.
I have high-functioning depression. My depression looks like overexerting myself in order to feel like I am being “useful,” even when I am working myself into the ground. It looks like isolation for weeks at a time. It looks like not speaking for days. Between my depression and its intersections with my class, race, gender and size, I often feel like I am in a steel box, and that sometimes an inexplicable pit is growing in my stomach.
This being said, each day I learn new practices, and continue old ones, that keep me focused on the things that truly and genuinely matter to me, and that remind me of the beauty in my existence. I am working toward creating a more honest version of myself, being a more effective communicator, building a deeper relationship with my feelings and nature, and spreading love and joy to as many people as I can. Some days are harder than others, but even on the hard days, I know that I am here and I am important and I am beautiful.
I have just started sharing my poems as a form of healing, because I believe in the power of art. For me, art helps me formulate my fears and joys and confusion in a way that brings me joy. I am excited to be a part of TBCR because it allows me to connect with more supportive people who are also on journeys to become the rawest and true versions of themselves. In this collaborative effort to ground ourselves, we are taking key steps in making the world a more positive place.
Welcome supporters of #TBCR!
My name is Emily and I am 22 years old. I’m a passionate idealist and a huge part of my identity is being an advocate for disability, lbgtquia+, veganism and feminism. I wholeheartedly believe the first rule of activism is self-care and my fundamental goal is to promote this through The Body Confidence Revolution.
I am queer, disabled and I’ve had cystic acne since the age of 15. To me, body positivity is the acceptance and celebration of oneself: exteriorly and interiorly. Representation is important and as a disabled, queer person I’ve rarely felt represented. I want to give people strength and I want people to feel confident and comfortable. I have always found it strange that there is one type of person that is used to advertise, sell and entertain us; an ‘idyllic archetype’ that has become detrimental to the wellbeing of those who don’t fit in. If I can make at least one person feel safe and comfortable then I know I have succeeded and will continue to represent, empower and promote alike minorities.
Loving yourself is the greatest revolution and I love my body and I love myself so I believe I’m off to a good start! Now is the time to build a whole army of self-loving warriors!
DANIELLE MARKES || ROLLSANDCURVES
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