Why is body positivity so important?
The body positivity movement, which seeks to challenge one-size-fits-all beauty ideals, has been gaining momentum as far back as the 19th century, when ‘dress reform’ sought to free women, literally, from their corsets. And while unrealistic beauty standards have been around just as long (or even longer), the rise of television, advertising campaigns and social media mean people can now get the message in a thousand different ways that they are somehow not good enough.
It’s no surprise that this can eventually be harmful to your physical, mental and emotional health. The good news is that social media has also helped to shift the lens from body obsession to body positivity with hashtags like #bodypositivity and #bopo to increase feelings of body appreciation and acceptance.
“It’s so important for role models to send out body-positive messages to counterbalance all of the other messages that we receive informing us of the opposite, whether that be on social media, in conversations with our family and friends, and more,” says cognitive behavioural therapist Melanie Shmois. “Role models sharing how they love their bodies is empowering,” she adds, and to be truthful, more of it is needed. It’s not just body-positive photographs showing celebrities celebrating their imperfections that can help, but also body-positive quotes and words of wisdom to remind men and women to celebrate how they look, however they look.
Get inspired with these body-positive quotes that may help you better appreciate the body you’re in.
You deserve your love and kindness
“Speak to your body in a loving way. It’s the only one you’ve got, it’s your home, and it deserves your respect.” —Iskra Lawrence
Iskra Lawrence is a British model and fashion star who flaunts her curves and has used her fame to promote body positivity. (This quote is taken from her 2017 TEDx Talk.) Lawrence is considered a plus-size model by fashion industry standards, but she rejects labels and doesn’t define herself by her size. She frequently posts unretouched photos of herself on social media and encourages others to take care of their mental, physical and emotional health.
Why does weight even figure into the conversation?
“My weight? It is what it is. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow. It’s about being content. And sometimes other priorities win.” —Melissa McCarthy
“My weight?” McCarthy asks rhetorically because…why even talk about Melissa McCarthy’s weight? How is it relevant to literally anything at all? The actress, comedian, writer, producer and fashion designer has been “every size in the world.”