LISTICLE 5 body pos­i­tive in­flu­encers.

IN­SPIR­ING WOMEN WHO’VE LEARNED TO LOVE THE SKIN THEY'RE IN AND ARE ON A MIS­SION TO SPREAD SELF-LOVE

In the Moment - - Contents - Words: Lisa Kjells­son / @thelkedit

2 LAURA WELLS

Sydney-born

Laura Wells is on a mis­sion to ban the term ‘plus-size’, de­scrib­ing her­self as an “av­er­age, healthy-sized woman”. In ad­di­tion to pre­sent­ing and mod­el­ling fash­ion and swimwear, she is a pas­sion­ate eco-war­rior and cam­paigns against marine pol­lu­tion, re­cently pos­ing in a dress made en­tirely from plas­tic bot­tles and alu­minium cans washed up on beaches to raise aware­ness about the state of our oceans. With de­grees in both bi­ol­ogy and law, Laura uses her In­sta­gram to pro­mote so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paigns, as well as a healthy lifestyle.

@iamlau­rawells

2 BO STAN­LEY

As a for­mer pro­fes­sional surfer, Bo Stan­ley is proof that you don’t have to con­form to a cer­tain shape to be an ath­lete. The Cal­i­for­nian model was fea­tured as a Curvy Icon in

Vogue Italia and can be seen in ma­jor cam­paigns like Kohl’s, in ad­di­tion to her role as an am­bas­sador for the ‘Health At Ev­ery Size’ move­ment, which em­pow­ers women to fo­cus on their health, strength and ca­pa­bil­ity rather than their weight. She says that ev­ery woman should try sur ng at least once, as you can’t hold on to any doubts about your­self while ne­go­ti­at­ing the cur­rents.

@bostan­ley

3 POORNA BELL

Now in her 30s, writer Poorna Bell thinks her skin is “gor­geously brown like a cap­puc­cino”, but grow­ing up with a lack of eth­ni­cally di­verse role mod­els in the Bri­tish me­dia, she says she just knew she was sup­posed to “avoid get­ting a tan”. As well as cam­paign­ing for men­tal health aware­ness, Poorna uses her plat­form to pro­mote body pos­i­tiv­ity and ght the stigma sur­round­ing darker skin within the Asian com­mu­nity.

@poorn­abell

4 JAYNE MATTINGLY

Af­ter over­com­ing an eat­ing dis­or­der and train­ing to be­come a coun­sel­lor, South Carolin­abased Jayne Mattingly launched the Re­cov­ery Love and Care blog and her coach­ing busi­ness, which aims to sup­port women strug­gling with their body im­age by in­spir­ing self­love and com­pas­sion. These days, Jayne says she feels pro­found grat­i­tude for her body and en­cour­ages her fol­low­ers to feel the same.

@re­cov­ery love and care

5 NATALIE LEE

Blog­ging about fash­ion is Natalie Lee’s way of ex­press­ing her­self and pro­mot­ing body con dence.

The mother-of-two from East Lon­don, UK, isn’t afraid to dis­cuss con­tro­ver­sial is­sues or share her own strug­gles in or­der to show that there’s no such thing as per­fec­tion. Natalie wants women to em­brace their unique­ness and her In­sta­gram feed is a cel­e­bra­tion of curves, colour­ful fash­ion and a zest for life – and a strictly Pho­to­shop-free zone.

@styleme­sun­day

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