Today I want to post about something a little different. Here in the US (I can’t speak for other countries) we do not see enough representation of ourselves in the media. A number of years ago, I saw this article about a study on how what we see impacts what we are comfortable with:
“Well, a new study published in PLoS ONE, demonstrates that when women are shown pictures of other women with a range of body sizes, the study participants quickly start to get more comfortable with the varying sizes. Of course, the implication is, that if we were shown a more diverse arrays of body sizes on TV, movies, billboards, advertising, etc., we'd probably just be a lot more okay with the fact that bodies come in all shapes and sizes, maybe even seeing Tyra in a fat suit (made of a ten thousand jelly beans stuffed into a full-body sweat suit made for a T. Rex) would be less alarming.”
It stuck with me. Since then I purposely try to add social media accounts that portray larger bodies in a positive light. I know for a lot of fat women, that might be fashion accounts. For me, this tends to be more athletic accounts. I like seeing fat bodies doing things we are told we shouldn't/can’t do. Also, there are just a lot of amazing fat folx who refuse to live a small life because they are fat.
So, today, I want to highlight a few of my favorite social media accounts that I follow. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, which actually makes me happy! I love seeing so many large folx living out loud!
Who are your favorite Plus Size Instagramers?