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102 Body Positive Quotes From Our Instagram Followers

Today we share 102 body positive quotes from the most vocal, selfless and strong supporters of the body positive movement.

We asked 51 of our dedicated followers on our @Bebody_positive Instagram account 2 questions:

1 – What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

2 – What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

 

The Bopo community is the strongest and most united community I’ve ever known.

We share our self-love and body-love struggles showing you you’re not alone!

I’m truly touched by how willing each bopo advocate was to speak their truth and share their story.

I’m so honored to have encountered so many strong, caring, giving, open and honest people.

 

1. Wendy Masters of North Caroline – @Iheartyellowsubs

Wendy Masters body positive instagram follower

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“When I was a younger I wished I had this community. I am lucky I’m still here. I hope that I can help that girl that is drowning in self hate. That thinks she’s too ugly, too dumb to live. I was that girl and I don’t want anyone to go through that.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“The shape of my stomach has been my biggest struggle. I can remember being in the second grade and hating it. So I had so many years of self hate with it. It’s been really hard.”

“What’s helped me is looking at pictures of women owning their stomach. Also posting pictures of myself that shows the shape of my stomach. It may sound like it wouldn’t be helpful but it is.”

“There is such power in wearing a bikini and seeing the world didn’t end because you showed your stomach. That if you allow yourself you’ll have fun and enjoy the sun on your skin. You will forget the fear.”

 

2. Jessica Sharp of Wales UK – @jess_plussizeblogger_sharp

Jessica Sharp body positive advocate quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

I was very badly bullied in school for being a bigger girl and because I wear glasses.
I was called names everyday of my life.
Had my hair set on fire.
Had a glass bottle smashed over my head.
Was beaten up over and over again.
Had a fake facebook made up of me.
I self harmed as I didn’t now what to do.
I don’t see these scars as a negative, they are there to stay. I am strong.

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

I keep thinking the things they said to me are true.
I don’t think I am beautiful.
I don’t think my body is nice at all.

 

3. Katelyn Wiersma of Saskatoon, SK – @katelyn.wiersma

Katelyn Wiersma body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“With the media and societal pressures throwing so many false messages at young women (and men), I believe it is so important to surround ourselves with pages and people who spread truth and promote body positivity.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I think it is re-socializing myself to stop caring about what anybody else thinks. I love myself, my family and friends love me, and that’s fundamentally all that matters.”

 

4. Carly Lupo of West Palm Beach FL – @Lupofightergirl

Carly Lupo Body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I have been chronically ill since 2013, have endured countless surgeries, procedures, and hospital stays which all took a toll on my quality and outlook on life.”

“My abdomen is riddled with scars, and throughout my journey. I have learned to love and appreciate them.”

“It is my goal in life to share this wisdom with the world, and in the end, hopefully impact people in a positive and inspiring way in order to help them achieve their goals through strengths based work.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest struggle my entire life has been with the negative relationship I have had with food.”

“In the past, I struggled with emotional eating/bingeing, and felt desperate. I felt that my self-soothing mechanism was being taken from me with dieting.”

“Growing ill actually helped break this cycle, because my inability to digest food was killing me. It completely changed my perspective on weight trends, and made me realize how ridiculous my battles with food had been, because my healthy few extra pounds had actually saved my life.”

“I am able to eat again and still struggle with cravings and my relationship with food is much more clear. I’m easily able to say no to temptations that are over the top, when in the past would have felt completely devastated.”

 

5. Michelle Garcia of California – @Emmeegeedee

Michelle Garcia gets her body positive quotes featured on Bodypositivity.com

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I feel that there comes a point in your life when you ask yourself “why”. Why do I need to cover up?”

“I grew up in a neighborhood where being plus size was not ideal. Most of the girls were thinner and I always seemed to constantly compare myself to them.”

“I’ve always been big my entire life but I began to feel helpless as I got older. I decided to stop and close myself off. I never showed my legs, never wore tank tops, and rarely wore dresses. I did not want to be seen.”

“As I entered high school things got easier because I had more friends on the heavier side (you could say). But it wasn’t until my sophomore year when I entered this weight loss competition that made me gain the confidence I never had before. I was down 37 pounds and never felt more alive. I was wearing dresses and even heels to school. The love I had for myself was nothing like ever before.”

“But I never failed to realize that I was using weight loss as a worth to myself. I had it all wrong.”

“Once I lost the competition I was discouraged. I began gaining all the weight back and even more if I am being honest. The insecurities were eating me alive.”

“It wasn’t until over a year ago when I found the #bigandblunt movement on instagram. After scrolling through the hashtag I was inspired once again. I wanted to change but this time I needed to do it the right way. Not for a guy, not for my peers, not for my mom, but for myself.”

“It took time I won’t lie but I progress everyday. Now I choose to be seen, I wear what I want. If I see something in the store I’ll buy it if I think it’s cute.”

“What I wish I would have learned from the beginning is that being body positive does go in hand of being comfortable in your own skin. Sophomore year was changing ,but my motives were not in the right place.”

“I am 21 years old and body positivity has changed my life. I want to showcase my story to hopefully inspire someone that struggle with being body positive. It’s a journey and I am not completely there yet.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My stomach forsure! Don’t get me wrong the higher part I am confident with but it’s the lower part that I still get insecure about. Which is why I wanted to make a change and #bigbellybiggerheart.”

“I could care less about the vbo but I get more self conscious when it’s with lower cut bikini bottoms. I am in a constant battle with this but I will get there one day.”

 

6. Marlene Menezes of Northern California – @dirty.marlenie

Marlene Menezes body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“The struggles I have faced play a big role. But the biggest thing that inspires me is the idea of being able to see younger people grow up in an enviroment where they are free to grow, free to feel beautiful and strong without feeling like their body’s impact them in a negative way.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Going back to negative thoughts simply because it’s easy.”

 

7. Jamie Gonzalez from Manhattan, NY – @Gingerkidasaurus

Jamie Gonzalez from manhattan NY offers us 2 body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“The biggest thing that inspires me to continue to support the BoPo movement is seeing people unapologetically loving themselves and their bodies which in turn, creates more people who send love and acceptance to others.”

“The amount of love for ourselves & one another is growing and it’s so beautiful. Every time I get a message from someone saying that I’ve inspired them to love/accept themselves more, I’m fueled to keep going & spread body positivity!”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“The thing I still struggle with is being self conscious of my breasts & belly. Both are on the bigger side but as I get older & I’m surround by others who unapologetically love themselves those insecurities chip away.”

 

8. Zehava Glaz – Indiana – @Hava.bear

Zehava Glaz body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“The body positive movement is the first movement I have experienced that tries to teach women that it’s okay to be themselves!”

“Physically, emotionally, and psychologically. It’s the first all accepting movement that promotes living an authentic selflead life, which is something I strongly believe in.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I have struggled with just an extreme level of self hate and exercise addiction for 15 years. I stayed at a treatment center for ptsd, ednos, and panic disorder for a short period of time. There, I learned about IFS therapy, which I have been doing and continue to do in order to continue to relieve parts of me that are still stuck in their traumas and hurting.”

“After years and years of being lost, disordered, and broken, this is the first form of therapy that has ever helped me and it continues to help me to this day. I have developed tools in therapy that I now constantly use to listen in, validate myself, comfort myself, etc.”

 

9. Amanda Collins – Camarillo, CA – @Alabamavalentine

Amanda Collins offers Bodypositivity.com her body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“At 5’10, I have been everything from 135 pounds to almost 300 pounds over the course of my life. And at both ends of the spectrum I was mentally, emotionally & physically unhealthy because I didn’t love me!”

“It wasn’t until I was at my heaviest that I realized I had to love me, even if it felt like nobody else did!”

“About 4 years ago, I started really connecting with the body positive community & the body positive message and it has changed my life! It became less about how I looked or what I weighed and so much more about accepting who I am today, loving all of me and enjoying this beautiful journey!”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest body struggle was letting go of the past! I am doing my best to be the best version of myself.”

“I have really put a lot of time and effort into coming to terms with my choices prior to becoming body positive and really for me, it’s about being life positive too!”

“I believe forgiveness of others and of ourselves is powerful and essential when it comes to living a body positive life! I had to forgive, let it go & move forward with my new found love for me & life in general!”

 

10. Shelby Epperson – Indiana – @shelberrss0104

Shelby Epperson from Indiana and her body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I have my own struggles with body love, and I’m learning to control myself when a I feel down about my body.”

“I’ve fallen deep into an pit of struggle with myself a while ago. I’m starting to realize that my health is more important than the thoughts of others around me.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Knowing that I can be beautiful even in the darkest of days.”

 

11. Lara Reaves – Aliso Viejo,CA – @larareaves22

Lara Reaves from California shares 2 great body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“My inspiration comes from learning to love my body one day at a time.”

“I spent 20 years destroying my body with a deadly eating disorder. Each day I a would speak unkindly, deprive myself of food, and shove toxins down my throat.”

“At age 33 I found myself broken and alone but still my body wanted to survive, even love me. It was then I could see my body was a gift, a miracle that needed to be cherished. The human body is amazing, full of health and love. It is up to us to love the body back.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Me and my crazy thoughts!!!”

 

12. Sophie Bertain – California – @Thechailifeshop

Sophie Bertain and her artwork and body positive quotes.

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I want everyone, including myself, to feel confident and great about their body.”

“I want this world to be one where everyone feels beautiful in their skin, and body positivity is a huge part of that.”

“I want to help society realize that you don’t have to be a certain look in order to be beautiful, and that everyone- men, women, gender nonbinary/conforming, or anyone else- is beautiful in their own unique way.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I am fat, and even though I try to be body positive it is sometimes very hard to see myself as beautiful because my whole life I have been taught that fat=ugly.”

“I try to remind myself that everyone is beautiful but it is sometimes very hard to remember.”

“Also that I have stretch marks, because sometimes I see them as a mistake or an embarrassment.”

 

13. Amanda Reed – Cincinnati,OH – @AmandaReedPhoto

Amanda Reed - Body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“There are many reasons why I support the body positivity community.”

“One of them being growing up with a curvy body and people either fat shaming me or slut shaming me all for the way my body looked! I was neither of the two but the way it made me feel would follow me into adulthood.”

“Constantly comparing myself and mentally putting myself through unhappiness. It’s something I never will allow myself to feel again and if I could possibly help one person see themselves with new eyes I would be thrilled.”

This movement is something that helps all sorts of people feel amazing and beautiful, because they are!”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest self love struggle would probably be how I feel in a bikini. I feel so venerable.”

“I am constantly working on it but I feel like people are judgeing me and my body parts. I know in my head that that’s messed up but sometime I can’t help but feel insecure.”

 

14. Kelly Sexton – CT USA – @SpunkyCanuck

Kelly Sexton CT USA - She offers us two body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I support the body positive movement because all body types, all shapes, all sizes, all colors need to be normalized.”

“Societies idea of what a “normal body” should be is controlled by marketing. Marketing that is specifically designed to make people feel less than or not enough. And billions of dollars are made on the insecueities created from these adds. Especially in the fitness industry.”

“I want to change that for the future generation. I want them to know that they are enough. Imagine how many companies would go bankrupt if we loved ourselves?”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest struggle was and is acceptance.”

“My body issues and my self love issues became easier after I learned acceptance. Not just acceptance of self but acceptance of all the things that happened to me in the past and
acceptance of my short comings.”

 

15. Celia Gonzalez – Spain – @littlewingblue

Celia Gonzalez and her amazing story and body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“Growing in a machista sexist society, I realized women for years and years haven’t been able to embrace our full potential because we were restricted to fit in shapes that didn’t belong to us (shapes, attitudes, characters…).”

“I grew up in a family that was extremely sick in that aspect, I was meant to be who they preconceived I should be, so I was forced to have an extreme diet control since I was 4 years old, interrogated about what I ate every day at school, forced to weight myself in front of them, convinced that I was not valid unless I had a slim lean figure.”

“This went on for years and the trauma was translated in me unconsciously finding partners that repeated this pattern of my parents, who made me feel insecure and worthless because of my curves.”

“At the same time I’m an artist. I’ve always expressed myself through art, drawing, painting, and beauty for me was much more than what they told me it was, so I lived in constant contradiction all these years.”

“One day I was invited to an art studio to pose for sketches, I agreed and finding all the bravery in my heart I had courage enough to take my robe off and sit naked for 2 hours in front of all these painters. When I saw myself through the eyes of other artists, on the paper, with my curves softly lined by charcoal, it struck me.”

“I was so beautiful! I fell in love with myself. That moment was a revelation that made me realize that I was in a toxic relationship and started growing immensely.”

“I still have some ghostly residual trauma, thoughts towards myself that I’m still working on healing, but I’m growing exponentially since I’ve loved myself, I’ve found unconditional love from my current partner since we met and I truly believe it’s because finally I could looke in the mirror and say “hello beautiful Celia.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Loving my cellulite. I still hear my familes voices shaming me about it in my head when I see myself reflected in the mirror.”

 

16. Dhanya Kelly – Australia – @dhanyaklly

Dhanya Kelly supports the body positive movement

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“Being in the education field has made me view students in a different light. I look at some of these young, not only girls but boys too, starting their teenage journey. They seem so consumed by this idea of perfection.”

“This is largely due to the access to social media and what a lot of society’s view as “perfect” skinny waist, tiny breasts, wide hips, muscles ect.”

“This isn’t healthy for growing people, yet there are some strong parents and role-models out there trying to help. They inspire me to educate the next generation of young people on body image.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I struggle to love my height. Being born in India, means that I am quite small. I struggle with it everyday and am very self conscious. Especially when people ask me what year I’m in, in high school.”

“I graduate university next year. Thank you very much!”

 

17. Jessica Bryant – Louisiana – @Jessiona__

Jessica Bryant of Louisiana

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I am a full time mental health therapist. Since I have started in this field, I have helped younger ones not only battle their insecurities but stand up to “BodyBullies.”

“With each treatment plan created and activity carried out, I am forced to self evaluate. In each young person, I see how the negative self perceptions weighed down on us, encourage drastic measures for change, and are slowly killing us.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I have always been insecure about the size of my breasts and forehead.”

 

18. Jackson Corzato – Toronto, Canada – @jackson.corzato

Jackson Corzato shares her thoughts about body positivity

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“Seeing so many beautiful people everywhere I go, including some of my best friends sharing their courageous stories not only leaves me in awe, but inspires me to carry on the message and inspire other people who may have trouble loving their own home – their beautiful body.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I struggle not only seeing my own body as short of anything worthy of being beautiful, but seeing others do the same. I love them so dearly and I wish they could give themselves the type of positive energy they give to the world.”

 

19. Kat Stroud – Sacramento, CA – @Katstroudofficial

Kat Stroud is a body positive advocate on Instagram

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“As a petite fat babe I’ve faced bullying and fatphobic comments my entire life, I am a beautiful woman, and if I can help normalize my body and the life I live in this body then I will do everything I can to help inspire my fellow fat babes to love themselves.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest body struggle would have to be my arms. I have large arms that wave back when I wave lol so in an attempt to fall in love with my arms I used tattoos as a way to make them more attractive to me.”

 

20. Iomikoe Johnson – Louisiana – @Iomikoejohnson

Iomikoe Johnson - Vitiligo body positive influencer

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I love how you empower women from all walks of life different colors different shades different sizes I love what you represent so awesome.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My Skin.”

 

21. Teffer Adjemian – Montreal – @tefferbear

Teffer Adjemian - survivor and body positive advocate

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“As an eating disorder survivor, I spent years fighting to make my body what I thought it needed to be to earn acceptance and love.”

“When I got unexpectedly pregnant, my body changed in ways I couldn’t control- it was surprising and scary, but also made me realize I needed to find ways to love my body no matter what.”

“Now I accept and embrace that my body changes in ways I cannot control – its autonomy is something I appreciate now. My body changes to serve me and keep me healthy and happy, and I admire the stretchmarks and loose skin and extra weight it adorns me with.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I still struggle to accept the loose skin apron on my belly. I’ve always been curvy, and I reassured myself that as long as my waist and belly were small I was ok. Well, my waist and belly aren’t small now! I struggle to joyfully embrace those changes.”

 

22. Kat Henry – Surrey, UK – @kat_v_henry

Kat Henry and her powerful thoughts and body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“Seeing the huge positive impact that being part of the body positive movement creates is the biggest inspiration for me. Seeing others flourish because they have been empowered by others in the community. It’s the domino effect; positivity is catching!”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Comparing myself to others.”

 

23. Sirin Ortanca – London – @worldofwonderfulllll

Body positive quotes from Sirin Ortanca

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I think women (and men) are so consumed with having to fit the ideal perfection that is illustrated in the media particularly social that they compare,critise and always feel less than what they are worth.”

“Coming from a background in fitness and having to always feel I had to fit in I was always feeling bad about myself.”

“I started my journey into loving myself, understanding that my body does not need to be a particular way to be right,beautiful or enough.We are all beautiful in our own way and I want people to learn and really feel this.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My mind and always feeling that I need to be better to reach this false sense of perfection!”

 

24. Stacy Roemer – Hot Springs Arkansa – @Pepperika6

Body positive quotes by Stacy Roemer

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I am a bigger woman and have had major insecurities all my life. I have a wonderful new husband who makes me feel sexy and beautiful, and seeing all the positive posts makes me realize I really am beautiful.”

“I want to support and inspire people just like they have helped me.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Being overweight and having very small breasts.”

 

25. Kelsey Louise – Scotland – @anorexiabegone

2 Body positive quotes from Kelsey Louise

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“After years of hating my body and myself I found it so freeing being able to love my body and my life again. It really has changed my life and made me realise that there is more to life than a reflection in the mirror.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My weight does get my down at times, I just have to remember that I am more than a reflection. I’ve spent far too many years at war with myself and didn’t find happiness. So now I’m going to try loving my body and I’m finding happiness in that instead.”

 

26. Ruth Karasik – Los Angles, CA – @babyruth728

Ruth Karasik Bopo Supporter

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I went through my youth before any plus lines carried clothes for teens. I spent years only seeing sample size women and stores filled with things meant for me to wear that I couldn’t fit into.”

“Showing diversity and acknowledging that every size range deserves amazing fashion is the only way to help the next generations find their place in the world without having to feel like society is at war with them.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I have PCOS so I need to do things that keep symptoms at bay in order to keep up my quality of life. It takes a lot of time and energy that I put into my body yet I cannot be too invested in the outcome because not everything works as planned. Keeping that as a focus but not allowing it to take over my sense of self is a fine line to walk.”

 

27. Christine DaCosta – Northern California – @christines_cray

Christine DaCosta and her body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I finally realized that no matter what I look like, I deserve love. I deserve to be treated with respect. I deserve to be treated like a human.”

“The only way people will see me for who I am and give me what I deserve is if I demand it and refuse to take anything less.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“The idea that my body would be more acceptable if it looked a certain way or if my flaws looked different. Meaning, I sometimes think, “If I had a flatter stomach I’d be ok with wide hips and big thighs.” Like, I silently barter to the body Gods that I would be ok if my fatness didn’t look so “offensive.”

 

28. Janine Simons – Belgium – @_the_curvy_girl_

Janine Simons of Belgium is body positive

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“Change, that people start accepting their bodies, love their bodies and show them off their bodies.”

“Lots of people are being bullied and pressured to lose lose weight or even gain weight. That’s not right! Perfection isn’t a body goal , perfection is the way you feel, the way you walk, the way you live, the way you eat… just loving what you do and be happy.

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Well nobody would think that, but I am a very insecure lady. I have a very rough past, and my body is full of scars.”

“I show allot in my pictures but I’m still scared to show them. Not only because I don’t like them, when I look at them I remember what happened to me. That makes me feel fragile.”

 

29. Candice Broussard – Lousiana – @Becauseimplus.size

Candice Broussard and her body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“Because of the journey I am traveling on. I am committed to using lows in my life and taking them and reinforcing them as positives to inspire others in this journey.”

“I believe that when someone knows they have support and love behind them they are able to conquer everything so my passion is to spread the message that you are not alone and I’m here with you.”

“It’s because I traveled my journey alone that I know having support from anyone makes the world of a difference.

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Acceptance. Sometimes I still struggle with accepting myself because this world can be so cruel. But when I feel low I remind myself of the messages I’ve received saying I’ve helped them or i inspire them.”

 

30. Brenda Montero – Miami, Florida – @Fatbulous.bree

Brenda Montero - Body positive advocate

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“Since I was little I was forced into this world of “expectations” in which failure to accomplish would translate into not being “good enough “ or “worthy enough.”

“Loud voices that would get into my head to command my happiness, all based on what seemed to me was to please others. But then where was I left in this world? When I asked myself, “What am I” is when my journey of self love started.”

“I believe in this community because there is nothing more freeing or satisfying than feeling great being who you are, no matter under what conditions, to always look at oneself and say… it’s ok, everything it’s great, you are more than enough, I love you.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Feeling like no matter what I do it will never be enough.”

 

31. Emily Rutherford – Chicago  – @artwithanxiety

Emily Rutherford - Body Positivity

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“Going back to when I was four or five years old, I remember staring at my body in the mirror and hating every inch of it. I told myself I was fat, ugly, unworthy, and awkward. All before I even entered first grade.”

“Looking back on that now it’s so unbelievably sad and I don’t want any other five year old to have to go through that, because it carried with me for too many years, ultimately made me miserable, and eventually developed into severe depression in high school and an eating disorder when I was in college.”

“Now at 22, I hope I can use my story and that pain I put myself through to inspire and help others. I can’t change what’s happened to me, but I can choose where I go from here, and that’s what inspires me to support the body positive movement.”

“Mental illness takes too many lives each year, and many times it nearly took mine, so now I want to help fight the stigma and decrease the number of people suffering.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest self love struggle is just believing that I’m worth it. I still so often struggle with believing I deserve to be alive and deserve to recover, and it’s so easy for my depression and suicidal thoughts to take over when I’m in a bad mindset.”

“Thankfully I’ve made tremendous progress since attempting to take my own life two years ago, but some days I wake up and still don’t believe I’ll ever get better, ever love my body, and ever genuinely want to be alive.”

 

32. Constanze Steinke – Germany – @connisteinke

Constanze Steinke - two body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I grew up with bullying and body image issues. With a mother who told me to watch what I’m eating and with a sister who was skinnier than me but still thought she was getting “chubby”.

“I started to work out so I would lose weight; I started eating “healthy”, cutting my favourite “bad” foods out of my diet.”

“Until I realized that this wasn’t making me happy. No matter how much of my “healthy” food I ate, I never felt satisfied because I was missing the feeling that I got from eating a piece of chocolate.”

“Now I work out for my mental and physical health, and I eat whatever the f*ck I want. And that makes me happy. If this is the body that belongs to a happy version of myself, this is the body I love to have.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My chubby stomach has always been and will probably always be my biggest body struggle, but I’m okay with it.”

 

33. Marisa Russell – NSW, Australia – @freedtobeme

body positivity

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I am an eating disorder survivor. I spent 5 years with bulimia absolutely hating my body, and a number of years either side not liking it either.”

“There came a point when I realised that I needed to accept who I am and what my body is, because that’s what I’m stuck with! My body isn’t going anywhere.”

“I hope that my posts, and my blog, inspire just one person to feel better about themselves. Going through life hating your body is a horrible way to live. I know, I’ve been there!”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I have always had thick thighs and a big booty. It’s clearly part of my genetic make up, but it’s the been the two things I have hated the very most.”

“I remember as far back as early teens how much I hated my thighs. Only this year have I come around to accepting them and to stop hating on them. My thighs are thick, my booty is big, and that’s how they will be staying!”

 

34. Alexus Peoples – USA – @Fatgxddess

Alexus Peoples - Body Positiive

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I am working on loving myself. Both physically and mentally. I am suffering from mental illnesses that keep me down and in the dark. Through my journey, I found that other people are struggling as well. I want to help them!”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My weight. My entire life I was bullied and told that I am too fat. I am now 311 pounds and still hating myself. Not only was I bullied by kids at school, I was bullied by my own family.”

 

35. Dianne Bondy – Tecumseh, Ontario Canada – @Dianne Bondy Yoga

Dianne Bondy

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“What inspires me about body positivity is the understanding and the awakening of everyone to the fact that all bodies are good bodies.”

.”The ideas that we are allowed to exist in the bodies we occupy with fear of body shaming and harassment. For me the body positivity movement is about ending fat phobia and practising self awareness and acceptance.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I think getting triggered by trolls or people who don’t understand what it means to have empathy for someone else.”

 

36. Emily Page – Kent, England – @empage94

Emily Page - Body Positive Quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I feel that as humans, we shouldn’t be made to feel worthless for something we may not be able to control or for how we wish to live our lives and be perceived in this world. Why should a body image be such a bad thing if it makes YOU happy?”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“From a young age I’ve never really felt like I had the ‘perfect’ body image or look, but as I get older I realise for myself that your own perfection is yours and yours only to decide. You don’t need to answer to anyone.”

 

37. Taylor Muhl – Los Angeles, CA – @taylormuhl

taylor muhl body positive influencer

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I support the body positivity movement because all women are beautiful just the way they are.”

“Beauty comes in endless sizes, shapes, colors and differences. There shouldn’t be any limits or limitations to what beauty is or can be.”

“I’m also I supporter of the body positivity because I myself was born with a rare genetic condition, called Chimerism. Due to my condition, I have a straight line down the center of my torso, dividing two different colors of skin pigmentation. This is because “I Am My Own Twin.” I’m a fraternal twin who fused together in the womb with my sibling and my second color of skin pigmentation is my twin’s genetic makeup.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest body struggle is dealing with my autoimmune issues, my condition causes. Having autoimmune deficiencies is one of the hardest struggles I go though, but I’m very committed to doing what I can to help myself and body.”

“I force myself to keep a positive mind set, as hard as things can be at times. I always pick my myself up and move forward with living life, pursuing my dreams and never letting my condition hold me back.”

 

38. Bodhi Mannix-Faiers – Melbourne, Australia – @Bodhikim21

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I am a strong believer that all bodies are beautiful. But I also know how hard it is to accept your body. Society gives us so many rules about what we should look like and how we should behave that we forget it’s ok to be body positive.”

“I want kids. And I want them to be raised in a world that doesn’t revolve around food and diets and weight loss and body image. I want my kids to know it’s ok to like themselves and that their body is beautiful no matter what other people look like.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I have struggled with an eating disorder for 8 years. I am currently at my highest weight. Every day is a struggle to remind myself that its ok and I am beautiful and worthy and not any less.”

 

39. Leah Stanley – Vermont – @voluptuousleah

Leah Stanley - Body Positive Blogger and Influencer

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“The immeasurable amount of love and support within the body positive community itself is extremely inspiring. The women, the men who come together and prove that bodies of all sizes, shapes and color are worthy.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Remembering that we all have our own battles and have come from different places.”

“I’m always reminding myself that clothing is for all bodies, even if it is a tight little body con or a bikini. I never owned any sort of two piece swimsuit or even went to the beach without men’s board shorts on until I was 27.”

“It’s rememebering to not be afraid try new things and go new places. Physically and mentally.”

 

40. Aqila Benjamin – Washington D.C. –

Aqila Benjamin - 2 body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“My support for the Body Positive Movement comes from me hating the skin I’m in so much that I once tried committing suicide. I was so disgusted with what I looked like that I would avoid looking into any mirrors.”

“In school, even though I had a lot of friends and was very social, I struggled with being one of the biggest people in my school. Surrounded by love and support, I still didn’t find myself attractive.”

“Battling with Bipolar Disorder and Depression I felt alone. I felt like I didn’t have a safe space because back then the Body Positive Movement wasn’t as big as it is now. The only thing you’d see on television were small bodies. I didn’t see people that looked like me so trying to live up to the standard of beauty that was represented was depressing. I felt so ugly and lost.”

“The day I tried committing suicide was the day I looked in the mirror. It felt like it had been years since I’d seen my own reflection.”

“Since then I’ve began my journey toward self-love. I live it out loud because I’ve promised myself that loving myself no matter what was the ONLY way to really live! It is crazy to think of how self-conscious I was in school because I’ve had people reach out and tell me that I inspired them back then.”

“I want to be someone’s “safe space” so that they don’t have to go through it alone. Being an advocate has allowed me to not only stay motivated but to help others realize how beautiful they truly are. I want to encourage people to start their own journey toward self-love no matter if it’s a physical, mental, emotional, or a spiritual journey that betters them. When you truly love yourself, life becomes so much better and vivid!”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest body struggles are my thighs and back even though my followers see me wear them both out regularly. Now I DON’T hate them! I’ve come really far from hating myself even though there are times where I’m still insecure.”

“What people may not understand is that a lot of Body Positive Advocates have insecurities. We put them out there as our way of taking control and not letting them discourage, consume, or define who we are. Even though I struggle with showing them my rolls, cellulite, and stretch marks, they will continue being displayed. It’s just my reminder to continue being fearless.”

 

41. Lesley Mulcahy – Halifax, Nova Scotia – @lesleyragesagainst

Lesley Mulcahy is the true definition of a Body Positive Warrior

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I think that body positivity is something I always wanted but never really thought I was worthy of.”

“It’s taken a long time for me to genuinely love the skin I’m in, to not attach my worth to a number on a scale or a label on clothing. Years of trying to change my body revealed that without changing my mind I wouldn’t be content and be able to love myself.”

“The past year and a bit has been transformative and I refuse to look back. I’ve embraced myself – my body, my passions, my strength – and I’m not looking back.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I refuse to let the voices that want to sabotage my self-love take over again. It’s not easy, especially when I’ve listened to them for so long.”

“I’ve chosen to focus on my strength and the reality of that has meant dealing with parts of my body getting bigger and changing in ways that go against everything I’ve done previously to try and make my body smaller. I have to remind myself that where I am is where I’m meant to be and that my size or looks don’t define my worth.”

 

42. Jessica Boyd – Marshall, Texas – @none.like.jlb

Jessica Boyd - Body Positive Quote

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I have always struggled with self love, acceptance, and my looks since I was a young child. I also had family members tell me I was “ugly and nobody would ever want me.”

“I inspire myself, and I know that there’s so many women of different ages and conditions, that struggle day to day with their issue’s.”

“I also want to help other’s who struggle, and also want them to know they’re beautiful inside and out. Never let anyone dull your sparkle. You’re all AMAZING!

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My stomach. I do suffer from hypothyroidism and PCOS.”

 

43. Chang Rosengarten – New Square – @chany_rosengarten_

Chang Rosengarten - Body Positive Supporter

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“As a woman who has learned to say no to shame and yes to self love and self acceptance, and as a woman with a real body (plus one that has been blessed to give birth to three lovely children).”

“I take good care of my body but don’t deny fat, hair, blemishes and other “imperfections”. I think we are perfect and beautiful as we are, and I support women in embracing ourselves with honesty and love.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest struggle in body positivity is accepting the challenges my unique body pose.”

 

44. Tae Tae – USA – @midnights_secret

Tae Tae

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I feel that every one deserves to be loved for all their flaws. As a person who was bullied for their weight in school. I hate the idea of someone having to go through what I went through.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I’m not a big fan of my arms. It’s really hard for me to find long sleeved shirts that are a right size for my body and still accomodate my flabby arms.”

 

45. Paulo Pabustan – Las Vegas, Nevada – @newearthnutrition

Paulo Pabustan - Male Body Positive Advocate

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“It’s really rare for men to represent the movement. There’s too much testosterone and male ego involved and sometimes this can get in the way for men to be more accepting of a different approach. I want to be a testament that there’s strength in being more gentle with ones self and it doesn’t really take away from our “manliness”

“I also see a very diverse group of people from all shapes, sizes, colors, and physical ability who’s willing to see past or differences in favor of being a part of a collective that’s bigger than all of us and That focuses on the things that binds as as humans. I think that is beautiful.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I had a burn accident when I was 4 years old and it left me disfigured for life. The trauma and stress that came along with this caused me to develop a dysfunctional relationship with food.”

“I struggled with making peace with my physical looks, my weight and food for pretty much my entire waking life.”

 

46. Laura Phelan – London – @Phelanwelll

Laura Phelan - Body Positive Quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“After recovering from anorexia, I spent years fighting to learn to accept and appreciate my body, alongside recovering from this mental illness and developing a good relationship with food.”

“I know first hand what its like to hate yourself and have a poor body image. Upon my recovery I felt inspired to help others learn how to truly and deeply accept and appreciate themselves and their bodies, through advocacy, blogging, media work and work as an eating disorder specialist.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Recovery from anorexia. During the illness, I had an intense fear of gaining weight and being “fat”. Learning to accept I needed to put on weight, and that weight does not define me was a huge milestone, the moment I stopped scrutinizing, punshing and being at war with my body was the day I started to learn to love, appreciate and respect it.”

 

47. Dawn Collins – Virginia – @DawnCollins1981

Dawn Collins and her body positive thoughts

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I have Crohn’s disease and have had major weight fluctuations because of it. Going from looking like skeletor to ballooning up when I’m healthy. I also have had 3 surgeries on my bumm and can’t go a day without talking about poop.”

“I’ve had to learn to love my body through all the ups and downs and through the pain. People spend a lot of time harping on being thin or big and proud, how about just focus on healthy. If my body and mind are healthy then I am happy. The end. : )”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I’ve always been a bit of a sex pot and exhibishionist… I would say my biggest struggle is the surgeries on my bumm. That part of my body will never look or function “normal” and it can be embarrassing and difficult to manage at times.”

 

48.Agnes Hunyadi – Vienna, Austria – @thevaginabible

Agnes Hunyadi - Body positive quotes that inspire

 

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I’m inspired by every women and every man in the movement. There are so many self reflected and wise people out there, who try to make a difference. Kindness starts with yourself. I love to see all you guys out there challenging your believes and behaviors for more love towards yourself and others.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“My biggest struggle is to accept change and so on my body. As I am in my thirties I see my body changing and altering. Today I really don’t understand what I hated on my 20something body.”

 

49. Cosmic Colette – Ireland – @cosmiccolette

Cosmic Colette from Ireland and her 2 body positive quotes

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“As a young girl and teenager, I always felt as though I was less of a person because I weighed more. I was so ashamed of my body and did everything I could to try and change it.”

“This resulted in my self-esteem becoming so low, and eventually I developed a severe eating disorder.”

“Now that I am recovered, and back to being a plus-sized woman, I want to help other people accept their body the way it is. We are all different and that’s a beautiful thing!”

“What you weigh does not determine your worth. I will never diet or harm my body ever again. I finally embrace my curves and the body positive movement has been a massive help to me. It has helped me work through my fat phobia and finally learn to love my body.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“Continually reminding myself that my beauty isn’t measured by my size. That I don’t need to lose weight to be considered more attractive.”

 

50. Lisa Marie – Grand Rapids, MI – @sheisalwaysenough

Lisa Marie - Body Positivity

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I am inspired by the women and men who chose to be unapologetically themselves. The ones who embrace their flaws and struggles and bare them for the world to see. Because in a heavily filtered world, raw truth is powerful.”

“Society has put human beauty in a small square box, where you must meet the guidelines of in order to be beautiful. Everyday people struggle with not being in the box of beautiful.”

“I am using my voice to scream, that beauty is in every person every shape color size. I am inspired by those who are not strong enough to stand, I will stand for them, they inspire me to keep pushing for a change.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I need to stop constantly comparing myself to other people. That is my biggest struggle. I can feel on top of the world but as soon as I start to compare everything crumbles to ashes. “I am me nobody can take that from me.”( REPEAT AS NEEDED) This is my journey and I have to take it as it comes at my own pace.”

 

51. Alexis Scaffidi – New Jersey – @bitesizedsis

Alexis Scaffidi - Body Positive Influencer

What inspires you to support the body positive movement?

“I believe that everyone should be treated equally and with respect no matter your shape, size, race, or setbacks. It is 2017 and we need to start realizing that the size 0, 6 foot tall women don’t make up the entire population. Just because they were in magazines, TV shows, etc for numerous years doesn’t mean we can’t make a change.”

“That is why my sister and I created the Anti – Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show which you can find at https://youtu.be/cyNvC9ckZuY . We paid for this event out of our personal funds, organized it, planned it, found the angels, performer, etc. and worked with a producer/editor to make this video possible.”

“Healthy should never been a number on the scale, or the size of someone’s waist, healthy is a state of life in which you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally strong! A motto I live by is “Make a difference by being different.”

What’s your biggest body or self-love struggle?

“I would say criticizing my body at times since it doesn’t look like all the models and influencers you see on social media, in magazines, and on TV.”

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