It seems like everywhere we go we are surrounded by messages of how we should look, what we should buy and even how we should feel. It’s only gotten stronger with the advancements of technology. Heck, all of us carry a very powerful super computer with us everyday– our phones. Most of us allow these messages to be an active part in our lives through social media. In fact, we often choose to follow certain types of people we want to know more about. How many celebrities do you currently follow on Instagram? And then there are the influencers that fit within different hobbies and interests we have. We give them permission to be a part of what we see and think everyday. That’s why I feel it is so important to take notice of who we let in our feeds.
Like most people, I too follow models, celebrities, makeup artists and more. I love the inspiration they offer. However, I also realize that allowing them in my view can subject me to a level of perfection that is impossible to obtain. Most of these people have photographers, makeup artists and more to help them portray a certain image. They present a beautiful narrative that is not raw or completely real, it hides behind filters and deceptive techniques to tell the story they want us to see. And while many of us know this to be true, we often forget it. I find myself so often getting caught up in it all, wishing I had their hair or body.
That’s why when I made the decision to add a bunch of body positive advocates to my follow list, it changed everything! Scrolling through my feed to find various body types that celebrate who they are is so refreshing. It has encouraged me to give myself a little more grace and embrace both my strengths and my flaws. Below are a few people I enjoy following and I hope you’ll add them to your Instagram as well. I think you’ll see that once they become integrated into your daily content, your whole outlook will transform for the better.
Of course, I’d love to connect with you as well. You can find me on Instagram at @thighsandlows
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