5 Body-Positive Illustrators You Need to Follow for a Dose of Artistic Self-Love
Together, they'll encourage you to love every part of your bodies (and yourself).
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."
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.)
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)
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.
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.)
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.