5 Body Positive Black Women Who'll Inspire You to Love Yourself Just as You Are2/23/2015
by Krislyn Domingue Body positivity emerged as a pushback against limiting, normative Eurocentric beauty and body standards. The movem...
by Krislyn Domingue
Body positivity emerged as a pushback against limiting, normative Eurocentric beauty and body standards. The movement is an inspiring and revolutionary effort to reclaim and redefine our bodies as our own. It also encourages us to see our bodies—and our whole selves—as beautiful, no matter our shape, color, ability, age, or size. While there have been many body positive role models in mainstream media, conversations surrounding body empowerment often push Black women activists to the margins or erase their contributions altogether. This list is meant to highlight a few women who should be recognized for embracing their own beauty and inspiring others to embark on a journey of self-love and affirmation.
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Sonya Renee Taylor
Poet and activist, Sonya Renee Taylor founded The Body Is Not An Apology in 2011 with the mission of cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment. The movement engenders space to discuss matters pertaining to weight/size, disability, LGBTQIA+, mental health, race, aging, and more. Taylor and her team place radical self-love as the foundation of sustainable social change. The Body Is Not An Apology is a refuge for tens of thousands of people on the path to unapologetic self-love and body empowerment.
Amani Lanore Terrell
Amani Lanore Terrell, a native of Los Angeles, first attracted attention with her Fat in Los Angeles campaign. Bikini-clad Terrell strutted down Hollywood Blvd with the hopes of counteracting popular misconceptions of plus-size women: “There’s a misconception that big women have low self-esteem, but I don’t have low self-esteem.” In an interview with FOX KTTV Los Angeles, Terrell commented on the “mass hysteria of perfection” running rampant in Hollywood and additionally released words of encouraging self-affirmation: “You cannot seek validation from other people; this world is very cruel. You must seek validation within yourself and be kind to yourself.”
In addition to being a flawless style-blogger, Gabi Fresh promotes body positivity, acceptance, and inclusivity. Fresh filmed #everyBODYisflawless, a remake of Beyonce’s woman empowerment hit “***Flawless” with fellow plus-size bloggers to show you don’t have to be a certain size to claim your flawlessness. The video was dedicated to “mainstream media, to the fashion industry, to internet bullies, and to anyone else who thinks it’s their right to make us feel less than because of their insecurities.”
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The way these women present themselves as confident individuals who affirming and love their bodies serves as encouragement for us all. They remind us that we are more than enough; they remind us of how worthy and flawless we truly are.
Don’t see the Black woman that encourages you on the path towards a fulfilling, body positive life? Share her name and work in the comments below!
Krislyn Domingue is a sophomore, Sociology & Anthropology and Comparative Women’s Studies double major at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys reading, writing, and sipping Chai Tea. Tweet her @krislynsd.