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
2 LAURA WELLS
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.
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.
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.
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.