Scrolling through Instagram can sometimes be a depressing place. Flooded with influencers promoting their idyllic lives full of beach bodies and green smoothies. However there has been a surge of artists and other users on the platform who promote self love to all bodies.
Artists like @lizzi.morris help to dilute the harshness of Instagram, with her messages of softness. She presents soft forms as strong; millennial pink as a source of power. Lizzie Morris presents these previously looked down upon as weak feminine traits in a different lights. Using herself as her muse, she draws herself wrapped in soft items that protect and provide her comfort and strength.
Another fabulous Instagram illustrator is @frances_cannon, who also promotes self love to all bodies. Filling her Instagram with illustrations of bodies of all sizes and gorgeous self portraits of her own body. She is also part of the movement trying to reclaim the word ‘fat’, describing herself as ‘fat and fabulous’. These illustrations include She recently illustrated a book called ‘Girlish’ by Alana Walsh all about intersectional feminism.
Not only do these artists promote self love through images of varied bodies, but many sell apparel with strong feminist messages. Graphic designer, @theprawnshopp , created the ‘No Still Means No’ and other shirts with bodies that have stretch marks and imperfect breasts.
Ultimately, this surge of body positive artists and contributors can only be wonderful for the self-worth of the future.