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5 Body-Positive Illustrators You Need to Follow for a Dose of Artistic Self-Love

The body-positive community not only challenges societal beauty standards but also challenges the way you think about your own body and self-image. Among those pushing the movement further is a group of body-positive illustrators who are using their skills to promote the message of self-love and acceptance.

Through their simple yet powerful work, people such as Christie Begnell and the artist known as Pink Bits are showcasing bodies of all shapes and sizes, exposing more and more people to the fact that no body is better than another. Stretch marks and cellulite are a part of life for most women—and these artists are making the compelling argument to finally embrace and accept these so-called "flaws."

@pink_bits

This anonymous, inspiring illustrator has a goal of "illustrating the bits and shapes we're told to hide," according to the Instagram account—one of those "bits" being loose skin.

In a world where tight abs and taut skin are idolized, Pink Bits is changing the conversation. On top of instilling the idea that "loose skin is oh so lovely," the artist also focuses on the acceptance of body hair and the not-so-fun realities of having a period. (ICYDK, period-shaming is still a thing, and celebrities like Janelle Monáe are taking bold steps to stop it.)

@marcelailustra

Cellulite—90 percent of women have it, but thanks to photo editing, people rarely see it on their feeds. It's time to change that, and Marcela Sabiá is doing her part. (She's not alone, either. Celebs such as Ashley Graham, Iskra Lawrence, and Candice Huffine are preaching the no-retouching agenda.)

"It's always good to remind yourself that you can have cellulite and be absolutely gorgeous," the artist recently wrote in an Instagram post.

When Sabiá isn't inspiring women to love their butt and thighs, she also focuses on shedding light on mental health. In a recent post, she opened up about her own personal struggles with anxiety and has previously shared how depression isn't a one-size-fits-all illness. (Related: Instagram Launches #HereForYou Campaign to Honor Mental Health Awareness)

@meandmyed.art

 

Our bodies inevitably grow and change, yet we still try to fight it. Wrinkles, stretch marks, hair loss, weight gain, loss of physical function or the gains that come with puberty. Change is scary, but what’s worse is societies narrow beauty ideal. . According to society, we have about 6 years of attractiveness for our entire lifespan. Once we start to show signs of ageing or disability, we’re made to feel inferior and sold products and procedures to make us “attractive again”. But what if we embraced our changing bodies? What if we celebrated our first grey hair as a sign of wisdom? What if we rejoiced at another pound restored as we recovered from our ED’s? . We can’t fight the changes our bodies need to make, so we may as well accept and embrace them 

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Bodies change for a million different reasons (aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations)—it's a fact of life. Celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Emily Skye have been open and honest about how it's completely natural and normal to feel unsure and uncomfortable with these changes, but that over time, and with a lot of self-love, it is possible to get accustomed to your new body and accept it for what it is.

Christie, the artist behind @meandmyed.art agrees, saying that "a changing body is not a ruined body"—and that's a reminder everyone could benefit from. "We can't fight the changes our bodies need to make, so we may as well accept and embrace them," she continued.

@hollieannhart

 

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Why do so many women let three little numbers on the scale decide their worth? Illustrator Hollie-Ann Hart has had enough of that and is encouraging you to join her. "The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity," she writes. "It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, or love." (If you're struggling to reevaluate your relationship with the scale, this woman's approach might give you a refreshing new perspective.)

@yourewelcomeclub

 

This is a portrait I made of a lovely person, together with the words she wanted to share with you: “I’ve been self conscious about my body since before I was 5 years old. I remember being in kindergarten and not letting an adult give me a piggy back because I thought I was too heavy and I would hurt them. Now I’m 21 and I’m in a relationship, and I still find it difficult at times to let go of the idea that being skinny is ideal, and that every action in my life is either for or against the goal of losing weight. Walking home from class= towards the goal. Eating that cookie= away from the goal. I’m trying to learn to love my body just the way I am, while trying to also be healthy. I don’t want my health journey to be about losing weight, I want it to be able feeling better and improving my mental health, but I don’t know how to separate the two. It’s a life long journey for sure, and I want to take care of my body so that I’ll still be here to enjoy the ride.”  Thank you @raffela_mancuso for sharing your words with us Do you want to be part of You’re Welcome Club too? Send me an email to yourewelcomeclub@gmail.com  #yourewelcomeclub #shareyourstory #respecteachother #bodydiversity #bodypositive #inclusivity #representation #youarebeautiful #humananatomy #celebratediversity #loveyourself #illustration #illustrationoftheday #hildeatalanta

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Hilde Atalanta of the @yourewelcomeclub is a true storyteller. Through words and illustrations of real people, the artist shines a light on the importance of inclusivity and acceptance.

"I'm trying to learn to love my body just the way I am while trying to also be healthy," she writes. "I don't want my health journey to be about losing weight, I want it to be able feeling better and improving my mental health." (Related: Can You Love Your Body and Still Want to Change It?)

Atalanta is making an important and refreshing point. Even if your body isn't exactly where you want it to be right now (will you ever be satisfied?), putting in the work to love it, regardless, should never stop.

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