💕#rg @mythriftedcloset💕"About 15 minutes after taking this photo, I got into a TERRIBLE boating accident on this very boat where I was once unapologetically Black and fat. We could have all died. Folks were hurt and bloody but we were alive. I remember being flung into the air just knowing I would die, but yet here I am. I left a near death situation with a swollen face, black eye, and pain in my back and side. I'm still hurting a week and a half later but this accident made me realize how important it is to enjoy every single moment of my life and how equally important self-love is. We live in such a toxic culture that says that fat people shouldn't have access to self-love. We shouldn't eat cake, wear the bikini, and be both fat AND happy. If I had died that Easter Sunday, I'm just blessed that I would have left this world as my best self encouraging folks all across the world to do the same. Self-love shouldn't be conditional to a weightloss journey, a pant size, or size chart. Whether at my smallest or biggest, I'm a goddess. And if you don't think that, well you can just kiss my ass 🍑. Still fat. Still living. And most importantly, still thriving."
Last year, @iisuperwomanii sat down with @popsugar to talk about the pressure many Indian women face to maintain a lighter complexion — something that is also seen across many cultures. "That's a very big problem — a very huge problem within a lot of communities around the world is this idea of being fair and having lighter skin," she says in the above video. "Skin color is so varying, and that's what makes it so beautiful." 🙏👏👑 Have you had similar experiences? Comment below 👇#PrettyUnfiltered @popsugarcelebrity
"I used to dedicate all my energy to taking care of my hair," @amandlastenberg told People for it's 2017 Most Beautiful issue. "It's been really freeing to present myself to the world exactly as I am." Amandla added to Dazed in its most recent issue, "I feel like my belief in myself — my acceptance of myself, my ethnicity, my blackness, my everything — is there whether or not I have hair."
It's #SelfLoveLyrics Wednesday! 🎼🎧 "Dress sizes can't define, don't let the world decide what's beautiful," @laurenalaina sings on "Road Less Traveled." Comment below with some of your favorite #selflove lyrics/songs and it might be featured 👇👇
💫ALL OF THIS IS SO IMPORTANT 👉👉#rg @fatisnotanadjective💫"I am 18 years old. Not ONCE in my whole life have I tried on a bikini. Not as a child, not ever. From a young age I absolutely DESPISED my body. Actually, up until about six months ago, even looking in the mirror was torturous. My whole life I have felt as though my body doesn't belong in any articles of clothing that show the slightest bit of skin. After working hard to make peace with my body, I realized that my body is wonderful. It's one of a kind. Not a single other person in this world has my same body and I personally think that is so beautiful. ... If someone would have looked me in the eye six months ago and told me that by summer I'd have tried on my first ever bikini, I'd probably laugh in their face because it didn't at all seem within reach. ... What I'm here to tell you today though is that the 'comfort zone' I have lived in for my whole life wasn't a comfort zone. Not even close. It was a zone that was completely uncomfortable that I tried to control by missing out on things or by changing the things that I thought were 'wrong.' A comfort zone, though, that's what I am living in today. It's a place where I can go pick out cute clothes, go up a size if needed, and try on my first ever bikini. It's a place where I can look at myself in the mirror and feel beautiful. But I also want to add — a comfort zone isn't always easy. Sometimes it can be really, really hard, but it's so worth it. Today when I tried this bikini on, my first thoughts weren't everything that I hated but something close to, "Damn!! Look how cute I look!!!" I know now that it wasn't my body that needed to change for me to wear a bikini."
@bopo.boy just posted a video of himself talking to his 13-year-old self and it is a must-watch. "I know at the moment you spend the majority of your day in self-loathing, hating everything about your body and wishing that you could change 99.9% of it," he says. "You’re going to get caught up in every kind of fad diet possible, you’re going to miss meals and replace them with shakes. And although some of those changes do happen, and you do get some of the things that you’ve always thought you wanted, you’re still not happier. ... Changing your body doesn’t change your mind. ... I wish you could see past the lies that we’ve been spoon-fed. ...The only thing that’s wrong and that has to be changed is society’s standards themselves." What is one thing you'd tell your younger self? Comment below 👇🌟
In 2013, @jennierunk made headlines for being one of the first plus-size models to pose for H&M. And since, there have been more and more opportunities for women of all shapes and sizes. Take @candicehuffine for example, who just landed the cover of ELLE. Or all of the stunning campaigns that brands like @torridfashion, @lanebryant and @modcloth have released in the past year or two. Times are changing — but Jennie, and we, want more! As she says in the above video, "I want every single girl, every single woman in this world to be able to look at a magazine or watch a TV show or watch a movie and see somebody who looks like them or they could realistically aspire to be like." 🙏👏💪
🌟#rg @xbrittney89🌟"I remember being very insecure about my belly, especially how bulgy and fat it looked in pants. Sweatshirts and long tank tops were my savior which covered up my pudge and made me temporarily feel less fat and, essentially, grotesque. When I would have to tuck shirts in for softball games or other situations, I would feel overwhelmingly self-conscious which would distract from my attention and potential. It didn't matter how powerful I was on the field or how smart I was in class — if my fat was not hidden by baggy/concealing clothes, I felt exposed and worthless. I wish these thoughts and feelings on nobody. The way our bodies look should not lend a hand to the respect we give others. We don't know anybody's journey and who are we to say we would make different choices if we were somebody else? If you are somebody who lowers their respect based on how you see somebody visually and yet know nothing about them, I want you to inwardly question why. We are all guilty of this judgement. ... Question everything, especially boundaries and societal illusions that have been constructed. We are all in this together and we are all equal to one another."
As you might've seen in our Insta story last week, Kimberly Smith, the founder and CEO of @marjanibeautyco, the first online beauty retailer specifically for people of color, came to visit our officies. POC are still often left out of beauty campaigns and many brands still have a very limited range of shades that they produce. So Marjani is trying to revolutionize the shopping experience and create a space for people of all different shades to feel welcome, all while "bringing color to beautiful" and redefining traditional beauty standards. "What we tend to think of beautiful is usually blonde hair and blue eyes and fair skin," she tells us. "I want women of color to be able to go to a place where they see people that look like them. I want them to feel part of the conversation."
Besides posing makeup-free and looking beyond stunning in People's 2017 Most Beautiful Woman issue, @daniebb3 also offered up this 💯 quote we all need to remember 🙏🙏 "Sometimes I'll look at myself and be like, 'Dang girl, you got a lot of stretch marks,'" she said. "But then I'm like, 'That's just the road map of my strength.' They remind me of things that I've gone through. I need to just embrace them and celebrate them." 🔥🔥
We had the opportunity to sit down with actor @mattmcgorry last week at a screening of the film @maskyoulivein, which discusses society's narrow definition of masculinity and what it means to "be a man." Here he shares advice he would offer to young men who feel they aren't able/are afraid to express insecurities. "Traditionally, the idea of being a man means you can't express vulnerability and you can't express not knowing, because you always have to be in control," Matt told us."Honestly, the people in your life who are going to be shitting on you all the time and making you feel like you're worse off because you're being vulnerable and you're expressing pain and hurt, they're not your true friends. And there are better friends to make that are going to make you feel supported, make you feel like you can be who you are." @therepproject #Unmasked#MaskYouLiveIn