10 Moments That Prove 2017 Was the Year of Body-Positivity
Ashley Graham Attended Her First Met Gala
The coveted Met Gala is reserved for some of the top names in music, film, and fashion. And this year, that included model Ashley Graham. "It's incredible. I'm still pinching myself that I'm attending with H&M," she told
. "Fashion has given a lot of 'rules' to curvy women. For me, this symbolizes change and another important moment in the body positivity movement."
Lady Gaga Shut Down Body-Shaming
During Lady Gaga's epic Super Bowl halftime performance, some trolls took to Twitter and made nasty comments about the singer's barely-there 'belly'. Fans rushed to defend their idol, but Gaga herself took to Instagram to shut down the haters once and for all.
"I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too," she wrote. "No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you, and be relentlessly you. That's the stuff of champions. Thank you so much, everyone, for supporting me. I love you guys."
Chrissy Teigen Made Everyone Rethink Their 'Flaws'
Early this year she took to Twitter to post a quick reminder to embrace your so-called flaws. In the picture, she proudly shows off her post-baby stretch marks, captioning it with a simple, "Whatevs." The post struck a chord with thousands of people who thanked her for her refreshing honesty.
Kelly Clarkson Had the Best Response to a Troll
On the Fourth of July, Kelly Clarkson tweeted in celebration of the holiday. Unprompted, a troll replied to her with "You're fat." Instead of ignoring or scolding the troll (both valid options), Kelly fired back with: "...and still f***ing awesome."
On top of shutting down trolls, the singer has been open about how she's learned to accept and love her body. Most recently, she shared how getting married and having children made her feel sexier than ever.
There's no denying her candidness has encouraged other women to ~break away~ from the haters once and for all.
Sara Shakeel Reminded Everyone That Stretch Marks Are Beautiful
Sara Shakeel is all about celebrating the female body in all its perfectly imperfect forms. Earlier this year, she used her artistic abilities to transform stretch marks using glitter in a stunning new photo series she shared on Instagram.
"Support and love yourself for whoever you are," she said on Instagram alongside one of her creations. "There is someone out there sharing the same feelings as you are...One [thing's] for sure: You are not alone."
Pink Gave an Emotional Speech About Self-Acceptance at the VMAs
Pink stole the show at this year's VMA's when she shared a conversation she had with her daughter about self-image. When her six-year-old said she thought she was the "ugliest girl" and looked "like a boy with long hair," Pink explained that there have been plenty of times when people judged her for looking too masculine. "We don't change," she said. "We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty."
Emily Skye Got Real About Pregnancy
When fitness influencer Emily Skye got pregnant, everyone expected her to maintain her fitness level until she gave birth. But that wasn't the case. Instead, the first-time mom gained more weight than she expected and wasn't able to work out as much as she would have liked. After giving birth, she even opened up about how she "barely recognized" her body. But by embracing all of her body's changes, she gave other moms-to-be an honest (and beautiful) look at pregnancy.
"I can tell I'm going to have a LOT of hard work ahead of me to get fit and strong again which I KNOW I can do but it's not my priority right now—spending this time with my daughter is," she wrote on Instagram. "Getting my "body back" can take a back seat for the time being. I'll get there in a realistic time frame & I refuse to put pressure on myself to get there."
Body Hair Became More Mainstream
Women are reclaiming their body hair. Adidas model Arvida Byström took to Instagram to call out haters after receiving rape threats for showing off her leg hair in an ad. She also noted that she's received more comments supporting her and that she'll continue to embrace her body—leg hair included. Rainbow armpit hair also had a moment this year with hundreds of women across social media dying their armpit hair bright colors to celebrate Pride.
A Woman with Down Syndrome Competed In Miss Minnesota
Mikayla Holmgreen made history earlier this year by becoming the very first woman with Down syndrome to compete in Miss Minnesota. Her passion for the stage brought a new standard of beauty to the spotlight and she went home with two awards.
"I said, 'I want to do this,'" Holmgren told People
at the time. "I want to show my personality. I want to show what my life looks like, being happy, and joyful. I want to show what Down Syndrome looks like."
Nike Finally Launched a Plus-Size Activewear Line
Activewear powerhouse Nike made waves earlier this year after launching their first plus-size line. Designed for sizes 1X-3X, the line includes shirts, pants, shorts, jackets, and yes—sports bras that go up to size 38E.
"Nike recognizes that women are stronger, bolder and more outspoken than ever," they said in a press release at the time. "In today's world, sport is no longer something that she does, it's who she is. The days where we have to add 'female' before 'athlete' are over. She is an athlete, period. And having helped fuel this cultural shift, we celebrate these athletes' diversity, from ethnicity to body shape."