We all know social media has its good and bad points.
While it might be fun to follow your favourite supermodel or celebrity on Instagram, we need to remember to not let what we see negatively influence us. Not everyone has access to personal trainers, a glam squad or – let’s face it – a ridiculous gene pool, in the same way that not everyone has access to a private jet.
So when you’re a regular person (oh hi), a little self-preservation is key.
And with body confidence issues affecting girls as young as five – yep, FIVE – body image should be front and centre of that.
This is where our favourite body positive Instagram illustrators come in. They’ve put pen(cil) to paper to create some beautiful, diverse and inclusive artworks to remind you to love the skin you’re in.
If you’re gonna scroll, scroll smart.
Illustrations of “the bits we’re told to hide”. Whether the taboo is tampon string, body hair or amputation, no taboo is left untackled. Oh and we really love the way she syncs the background of each illustration with cute pastel shades.
A window into the mind of the self-love guru – she is the founder of #SelfLoveClub after all – via beautifully-relatable line drawings, frankness around mental health and tattoo inspo just don’t tell your parents).
Inspirational quotes about body confidence alongside gorgeous illustrations of women of all shapes, sizes and skin colours.
#throwback enough with the 'Real' women or 'real' men have blah blah nonsense ??♀️ shit if you identify as a potato and you don't look like the vegetable I'll still respect the shit out of that! I may not really understand it but that's not the fucking point! #rantover ?? if you wanna support my work and help feed me the link is in my bio?⬆️ #feminist #feminism #feministart #effyourbeautystandards #intersectionalfeminism #mentalhealth #joannathangiah
Brightly coloured, psychedelic, doll-like figures with oh-so sweary captions. We can’t get enough.
A mix of food pics, the odd cat and beautiful illustrations. Think florals, body inclusivity, serene expressions.
Soft curves, mesmerizing videos of her work in action and illustrations of men too (so don’t be surprised by the odd penis).
This illustration is dedicated to all of you who have Keratosis Pilaris. For those who do not know: this is a condition that develops when the skin produces too much of a protein called keratin, which can block the hair follicles and cause the appearance of bumps. Red and white lumps usually appear on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Although very common, this condition often causes insecurity in many people – I myself have some mild keratosis on my butt and it bothers me. Today I know that this condition is just a detail among all the characteristics that make me who I am and the same applies to all of you. Love your whole body, including the red lumps of your skin – they exist because you are human and you are alive./ ?? Essa ilustração é dedicada a todos vocês que tem Queratose Pilar. Para quem não sabe: essa é uma condição que se desenvolve quando a pele produz muito de uma proteína chamada queratina, o que pode bloquear os folículos capilares e provocar o aparecimento de inchaços. Os caroços vermelhos e brancos geralmente aparecem nos braços, nas coxas, nas bochechas e nas nádegas. Apesar de ser muito comum, essa condição costuma causar insegurança em muitas pessoas – eu mesma tenho um pouco de queratose leve no bumbum e me incomodava com isso. Hoje eu sei que essa condição é só um detalhe entre todas as características que me fazem ser quem sou e o mesmo se aplica para todas vocês. Ame seu corpo por inteiro, incluindo as bolinhas vermelhas da sua pele – elas existem porque você é humana e está viva???? #keratosispilaris #selfesteem #bodypositivity #bodypositive #bopowarrior #bopo #loveyourbody #loveyourself #selfesteem #selflove #queratosepilar #diversity
Watercolour drawings offering acceptance of everything from body hair and stretch marks to medical skin conditions. Her message is clear: stop shaming women from showing their bodies.
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Image: Katie Edmunds