4 Body Positive Role Models You Should Follow

Sunday, 25 March 2018

If you hadn't noticed already, I'm not exactly a size 8 gal. And I'm totally okay with that. Which has taken a long time to say. Ever since I was young I was always bigger, curvier, chunkier, fatter (whatever you wanna call it) than the girls around me and I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb. I never saw girls with similar body types to me on magazines or on tv so was always constantly aspiring to be thinner like everybody else. I was literally on diets at the age of 8 and at times, the way my body looked and my weight was something I was so focused on and obsessed about changing. I wish 8 year old me had the people I look up to now to learn from and relate to. 

Things are slowly progressing and over the past 5 years or so there has been huge changes when it comes to the plus size industry. A big part of that comes down to social media and the ability for people to put themselves out there and give their message about body positivity and accepting all body types. It's so much more accessible these days and plus size modelling has taken the world by storm. I've always kept the value that people should be accepted, loved and respected regardless of their weight, gender, race or sexuality. Having people with big followings relaying that message and instilling it in young people is just amazing to me. I wanted to share a few people who I personally look up to when it comes to plus size women who inspire me and remind me that weight doesn't dictate your worth.

If you asked me who my role models were in life grace would 1000% come up in that category. I just absolutely adore her. She's a blogger/youtuber/presenter/author (I'm sure the list goes on) and mainly focuses her content around body positivity, mental health and self love/care. She's one of the first bloggers I ever discovered back in the day and I've always been so fascinated by her. She just has this spirit about her that makes you want to be her best friend. She's so empowering and strong and I feel like she'd be one of those friends who is constantly cheering you on. I know for a fact, and from personal experience, that her videos, blog posts and documentaries help people immensely. I come away from reading her blog posts feeling so inspired and positive about myself I literally don't know how she does it. She's just such a badass. She's sassy and not afraid to be raw and honest, something I wish more people with a large platform encompassed. She talks about the most serious and difficult issues but still manages to remain lighthearted and relatable. Just an absolute gem who you need to be following and learning from. Oh, and her book will literally change your life.

I remember exactly where I was when I stumbled across Callie's blog. I was in a co-op carpark waiting in the car and scrolling through bloglovin. She popped up on the explore page where a few of the bloggers I followed had liked her post about her wedding and I ended up delving into her blog for bloody ages. She's a fellow welshy which is kinda why I love her but also because she just seems like the sweetest person ever. I quickly became obsessed with her style and travel blog posts and I've been inspired by her ever since. She's kind of been through a similar situation to me with the whole dieting at a young age and falling victim to some nasty bullies so she's someone who I think gives some extremely valuable advice. If you're looking to follow someone who's down to earth and just a normal gal then she's definitely worth investing your time in. I've learnt a lot from her about feeling comfortable when it comes to fashion and not feeling limited in what you wear purely because you're plus size. Personally I think that's a very valuable lesson that everyone needs to learn.

Denise Bidot
About 2 years ago I had this sudden urge to find more plus size women to follow on instagram and made a pinterest board dedicated to body positivity. One person I kept seeing popping up was Denise. After following her I really felt my attitude change towards myself and the plus size modelling industry. I was learning more about all of the campaigning going on and had more of an insight into what she was doing as an activist. I think it's something you should really look into whether you're considered plus size or not because some of the work these people do is just incredible. She's a model and activist for body positivity (you need to look up her "no wrong way movement") as well as feminism. One thing that I can really say she's helped me feel more comfortable with is stretch marks. She's got stretch marks and isn't afraid to flaunt them in unedited photoshoots which I think is so refreshing. None of that airbrushed bullshit. We need more of that. Stretch marks are so natural and something that most people have regardless of being a size 8 or 28 so having her put out photos and videos inspiring people to accept them and not feel ashamed of them is admirable.

Megan Crabbe (AKA Bodyposipanda)
Megan is the most recent person I've discovered on social media but I think she's absolutely amazing. I don't even know if she realises it but the work she's doing and the help and guidance she's providing to young people (girls in particular) is so vast. The amount of friends I have that follow her and find her instagram posts and book inspiring is mad enough but she helps people from all around the world with so many different campaigns. She's covered it all; body positivity, anorexia, mental health, LGBTQ+ rights, eating disorders, stretch marks, acne, body hair, disabilities, men's body positivity. And that's just off the top of my head, I guarantee there are so many more. She's just a fucking queen. Her instagram is mainly what I follow because she posts daily about all of those topics I just listed and the stories she tells in the caption are always so real and honest. She doesn't sugarcoat anything and is so open about how she struggled and conquered anorexia in her life. She's an inspiration to so many people, not just people who are plus size. But I particularly love her posts surrounding positive self-image.

Are there people you follow that you look up to when it comes to body positivity? I'd love to discover some more.

Liv x


  1. These sound like good people to follow.

  2. I hate what this industry does to all of us, we are obsessing over our weight from out teenage years and I hate that magazines used only skinny models in the past. Thankfully, this doesn't happen anymore and I am happy to see positivity and accepting all body types! xx


    1. I feel the exact same, it's about time we saw some bodies in the media that we can relate to xxx

  3. They all look amazing.
    I believe beauty comes from any size and age

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  4. This is such a great post, I am going to have to check out these ladies!

    Danielle xx

    1. Would highly recommend that you do, they're pretty incredible xx


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