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Scroll through a #travelporn account on Instagram and you'll see a smorgasbord of different destinations, cuisines, and fashion. But for all that variety, there's a definite pattern when it comes to the women in the photos; most of them represent traditional (read: skinny) beauty ideals.
One Instagram account—@fatgirlstraveling—is doing something about that imbalance. The account is dedicated to all the women traveling the world who you rarely see on mainstream travel accounts.
Body-pos advocate Annette Richmond created the account and posts photos of herself as well as reposts from other women who use the hashtag #FatGirlsTraveling. (Follow these other body-positive hashtags to fill your feed with even more self-love.) Her main concern was taking back the word 'fat.' "My BIGGEST motivator for starting this page is to help take the stigma away from the word FAT," Richmond wrote in one post. (After all, it is a loaded word: here's one writer's take on what we really mean when we call people fat.)
Richmond's efforts have gone beyond the Instagram account. She also admins a Facebook group for plus-size female travelers. It's not just about sharing pretty photos but about addressing the experience plus-size women have traveling. (For example, this Plus-Size Model Stood Up to a Body Shamer on Her Flight.)
Richmond wrote about her own experience traveling on her blog, describing the all-too-familiar story of body-shaming she's faced on planes. "I don't have to use an extender when I fly. But that doesn't stop the stares as I side shuffle down the aisle so that my hips don't bump into other passengers. And it sure doesn't stop the groans I get when I ask for the window seat," she wrote.
With #FatGirlsTraveling, Richmond is challenging beauty standards, providing a community for other travelers, and serving up some major travel inspo. (Just give the feed a scroll and try not to book a trip immediately.) Body-pos advocates continue to call out the fashion industry and the media for favoring smaller bodies; here's hoping that one day, photos of different sizes will no longer be considered niche.