This year, the unfortunate trend of body shaming seems to have taken over the Internet. Innocent women are constantly being targeted just because they do not fit the impossible standards society has set. But, now women across the world are striking back with some new body positivity trends appearing all the time. Most recently, these have included mermaid thighs and #ThighsForJeaux.
While many countries seem to have fairly strict beauty standards, there may be none as strict as South Korea. If you are not rail-thin you are seen as fat, even if you are just a few pounds heavier. But, Vivan Geeyang Kim, a South Korean plus-size model is looking to challenge the beauty standard and show her country—and everyone—that every size is beautiful.
When you think about yoga, you traditionally think about skinny women stretching on the beach. Before this year people would never have thought about a plus size woman or a fat girl being a yogi. But, 28-year-old fat happy girl Valerie Sagun is looking to change that by showing the world that plus-size women can do anything, including yoga.
We constantly talk about how bad it is to fat or body shame people; how much it hurts the people who it is targeted at, how it can make body love feel impossible. But while we often point out the strangers who do fat shaming, we fail to recognize the other parties that can do it too: ourselves. Whether you want to believe it or not, it is true. We can body shame ourselves just as easily as a stranger can—and it is a trend that needs to end.
With wedding season well under way, a lot of women are on the hunt for their perfect dress. But, they tend to struggle with body love and acceptance when it comes to finding that dress. For them, they have to lose weight for their wedding to be perfect, to by happy. This is something that British plus-size style blogger and columnist Callie Thorpe wants to change.
Fat shaming has always been a major problem. From individuals to major social media companies, fat shaming comes from all sides. Gyms are no different; some have wrongly turned it into an advertising tactic in hopes of getting more customers through their doors.
You may have seen the new Fall 2016 H&M ad campaign featuring Ashley Graham that was released earlier this month. At first glance, the campaign looks great; with a plus size model as the face of it, but everything is not quite what it seems. While the store will offer plus size options in their new line, they will only be available online; so plus size women will be unable to have the same in-store experience as other women.
Ashley Graham is no stranger to fat shaming. When she became the first plus-size model to be featured in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, there was a lot of backlash. Even now, months later, Graham is constantly facing body shaming. But, it is not just fat shaming anymore.
Body acceptance is something that everyone struggles with at some point in their life. For a long time, this problem was mostly ignored. But now, Taryn Brumfitt is looking to change that. Brumfitt has founded the Body Image Movement, which revolves around encouraging people to love their body at every stage in life.
JCPenney’s #HereIAm campaign is already working to send the message that body confidence is important, and that no women should be told they have to hide their body under unflattering clothes. Now, plus size blogger and model Simone Mariposa is adding her own thoughts on the matter and promoting a new campaign to help encourage plus size women everywhere to not hide their bodies.