Instagram is a very interesting social media platform! While we are bombarded with filtered posts and ‘perfect’ body photos on the one hand, we see ‘body-positive’ posts on the other. In Instagram, which creates a virtual window to street styles, the latest trends, the private life of celebrities and the new collections of brands, we are often fascinated and forget the facts. Before the Instagram era, we had the same image of the ‘perfect’ body when there was media: flawless curves, super long legs, a slender waist and smooth skin. These images, which we see hourly on our phones, which we do not drop, may make it difficult for you to distinguish between real and virtual. But think about it this way… How often do you encounter the flawless skins and bodies you see on Instagram in real life?
The women around us, ourselves, our friends and the women in our family… Do you know a woman who does not have stretch marks, cellulite, acne problems, pore complaints, folded abdomen or calves that spread when sitting? Probably the answer to this question is clearly ‘no!’ We’ve said over and over that most of what we see on the internet and on Instagram is misleading. However, this medium, where we spend hours of our time every day, shows the opposite of what we say. That’s exactly why it’s time for you to meet Instagram accounts that share the ‘facts’. Not to belittle or humiliate fit women! To add some more real posts to your life and your Instagram page.
Influencers who boldly share their stretch marks, those who aim to change their body image, those who clearly show the differences between edited and unfiltered photos, those who underline the effects of photos taken from different angles… Yes, Instagram is a magical world, but with these accounts, you can get closer to seeing the truth. Women who make you happy with positive and mood-enhancing messages when you feel bad, share women’s stories and experiences, but can also tease themselves, transform our Instagram page into a place where we can empower and unite. There may be those who prefer to share filtered photos and edit their photos. We can’t say anything about it, and we can’t criticize it too much as long as it doesn’t create a perception disorder. However, in these times when we miss honest sharing, it is not possible to pass up those around us and those who share our own journey!
Below you can see 15 Instagram accounts that are the meeting point of women who do not hesitate to talk about their experiences, underline important issues and learn to love themselves…
Allowing you to start your day with words that elevate your mood every day, Female Collective is a page that celebrates, elevates, supports women and aims to raise your mood every day. This page, which allows you to strengthen your self-love, will also make your day better with its jokes.
Everyone should follow Ashley Graham’s page! Outspoken about motherhood, weight, stretch marks, weight and skin problems, Ashley Graham questions everything called ‘normal’ and ‘perfect’. Challenging the society’s perception of beauty, Graham argues with a harsh but humorous language that many things that are called ‘flaws’ by everyone are ‘normal’.
The ‘Gurls Talk’ page, founded by model Adwoa Aboah, is a platform where women can talk about anything without criticism. This platform, which talks about many topics from physical disabilities to the perception of women as sexual objects, is for women who are tired of hearing how to behave.
Mik Zazon, one of the leading names of the “Normalize normal bodies” movement, insists that what you see on social media is not real. Aiming to explain that your body can look different every day, Zazon also states that photo editing distorts the real body perception.
Cellulite, stretch marks, scars and much more… It’s all part of our journey in our body! Britney West wants to emphasize exactly this. Britney West, who shares with you to accept your body as you are, inspires her followers with her unfiltered and real posts.
MEGAN JAYNE CRABBE
Megan Jayne Crabbe, who has overcome her struggle with eating disorder and now aims to improve the people around her, criticizes the diet culture of the society. Arguing that women should feel good in every situation, Crabbe questions different issues in every post and criticizes the role of women in the media. Crabbe, who advocates for real sharing, is among the names you should follow.
Fitness writer and influencer Danae Mercer aims to boost women’s self-confidence. Sharing unedited and real photos from her life and workouts, Danae Mercer shares that despite her fit appearance, her body looks different some days. Showing that photographs can look completely different from different angles and with different methods, Mercer aims to increase real shares.
Iskra Lawrence, one of the most popular ‘body-positive’ activists and influencers, has made it her mission to replace women in the media! Wanting to change her body perception and the understanding of beauty in society, Lawrence shares not only the facts of the female body but also her journey after becoming a mother with her followers.
Along with body image, ‘perfect’ skin appearance is one of today’s problems. Everyone we see on TV, in movies, and on Instagram has great and flawless skin. How is it that while most women around us struggle with skin complaints such as acne, scars and pores, women can look completely different in the world on our phone? The answer is very simple… Filters, photo editing programs and more filters. Touching on exactly this issue, Em Ford shares his acne problem openly and honestly.
Chessie King brings a fresh and fun perspective to our Instagram page. King, a health and fitness influencer, is ready to raise your mood with his energy and positive influence. King, who is not afraid to freely share the abdominal area, stretch marks, sagging skin and much more, asks you to embrace the same energy and celebrate the wonderful power of your body.
We are sure you know the comedian, writer and actress Celeste Barber! Celeste Barber, who started to humorously imitate the inaccessible posts of celebrities a few years ago, is now one of the indispensable names of Instagram. We are sure that you will laugh every time you see Celeste Barber, who humorously mocks her perception of beauty and her ‘perfect’ body shape! “Don’t believe everything you see on Instagram!” Barber, who criticizes the idea in the funniest way, proves that what we see on social media is indeed impossible.
Jameela Jamil, who does not hesitate to talk honestly about her body image as well as her acting career, is an inspiration to all of us. We can say that Jamil, who uses his number of followers and his platform to talk about important issues, sets an example for other celebrities. Based on her own experiences with body image, Jamil advocates for women to love themselves and speaks openly about women’s rights, feminism, eating disorders and ‘perfect’ beauty.
RECIPES FOR SELF LOVE
The ‘Recipes for Self Love’ Instagram account, which consists only of drawings, aims to start the day more positive or to raise your morale during the day. Celebrating diversity, difference and women, this account inspires women with its positive messages.
The perception of beauty in the society is a serious issue and should be discussed seriously… But sometimes it is necessary to have fun! Rianne Meijer, who looks in the mirror all day and shares all the little problems and flaws you criticize on her Instagram account, does not hesitate to take offense. Meijer, who shares real and Instagram versions of most of her photos with her witty posts, is one of the greatest influencers ever!
“Behind every gorgeous woman is a group of amazing women,” the Freeda account says, not just about body image but also about gender, freedom, and women’s rights. Freeda, who does not hesitate to emphasize important issues, beautifies our Instagram page with both serious and entertaining posts. Emphasizing that we should embrace our differences with our preferences and appearance, Freeda is an important source for daily motivation. Freeda, who openly shares the unspoken issues and whispered women’s issues, is among the accounts you should follow.