4 Positive Body Image Tumblr’s We Love

by Liane Membis

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It’s no hidden fact that the conversation around black women’s health is one buzzing in communities across the nation. But what is more important than just losing weight or toning up is how we embrace different body images.

We’ve gathered together four tumblrs that we believe promote positive body images and help extend the belief of self-acceptance.

Redefining Body Image utilizes personal experiences and changing perspectives to refine the way the public thinks about body image. Using photos and personal short essays, they seek to alter the way people think about health, fat, stigma, weight discrimination, and overall wellness.

Stop Hating Your Body showcases real photos of real people. Their concept is simple: to get people to love every inch of themselves. Period. Some of their visual posts are daring, but their overall goal is to prove that everyone is beautiful — flaws and all.

Fuck Yeah Body Image uses a compilation of memes, photos, quotes, and links to help people overcome their personal physical insecurities. Through a mix of images, they dispel body myths perpetrated by the media.

From mutilated chests due to breast cancer to bodies intertwined — Natural Bods displays bold images of African-American and female beauty. “To know thyself is to love thyself,” one post reads on the site. The site is simple, but harnesses a beautifully deep message of self-awareness and acceptance.

  • Allie

    Love,love, love. Everyone should feel beautiful.

  • OH

    The second woman is morbidly obese and there is nothing positive about that. Fat acceptance is killing us in disproportionate numbers, it’s time to stop with the PC bullshit.

  • dysphoricmaniaink

    So I shouldn’t feel good about myself until I’m perfect? Let me know how that goes for you.

  • http://gravatar.com/pinklipstick227 pinklipstick227

    Being obese isn’t a reason for one to hate herself. Perhaps self-acceptance will enable her to practice self-love in the form of exercise and healthy eating.

  • DownSouth Transplant

    OH, looking at the her, I did not see her obesity, saw a radiant spirit full of life & confidence.

  • Jaslene

    Then that really wouldn’t be self acceptance.

  • Jaslene

    No one said anything about being perfect you are the one that thinks thin is perfect. If you like being obese then that is fine for you.

  • C

    No one is saying the second woman should hate herself. She should love herself but also be aware that while she may be or feel beautiful, her size isn’t healthy! You can love yourself and strive to be healthy. Glorifying that women come in all shapes in sizes is fine, until we start overlooking women too under and/or over weight.

  • http://chennadoll.tumblr.com pinklipstick227

    @Jaslene

    Okay she can acknowledge her current state of obesity, and still implement healthy eating habits and exercise to become a healthier person.

    Does that make sense?

    *eye roll*

  • http://chennadoll.tumblr.com pinklipstick227

    @ Jaslene

    You are probably the reason why some women feel too intimidated to go to the gym in the first place. Everyone has to start from somewhere. Feeling like crap isn’t going to motivate anyone to adopt a healthier life style.

  • Allie

    I did too. Everytime there is an article about body image, or bodies in general it becomes an all out body policing war. I’m so sick of it, can’t we just enjoy the beautiful people that are being represented in this post PLEASE!

  • Allie

    Ok I’m a little tired of people picking on the woman in the second photo. How do you know if she’s unhealthy. How, because she’s not a single digit dress size? Healthy can come in a lot more sizes than the women in fitness magazines. She’s radiant and that’s what she’s on the internet being.

  • Allie

    “Her size isn’t healthy”
    Says who? You. Are you her doctor. Oh you’re not, then how would you know?
    Beyond that I was totally cool with your post.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    This! You have to love yourself and accept yourself before you can change and be the best you! Trust me as a former BIG girl I thought hating the body I was in would motivate me and fuel me to change but it didn’t I fail and fail until I changed my mindset of accepting and loving myself in which enable me to change how I not only look but felt. People act like fat people should be holed up in their home, sad/depressed and on the sidelines of life until they reach a size deem acceptable before they come back out into the world…that type of thinking isn’t motivated or happy.

  • C

    Thanks Clutch, I only looked at a couple. I like Natural Bods.

    p.s. this isn’t the same ‘C’ that commented earlier.

  • C

    Why’d I get a down vote? mkay…

    I like Natural Bods because of the different types of beauty that are shown. Some of them I like on a more personal level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/megan.walter.54 Megan Walter

    Thanks for posting this.

  • E.M.S.

    Thank you for sharing about these blogs! It’s a nice change considering how much “thinspiration” stuff there is floating around Tumblr. I was disgusted the other day when one of the blogs I follow posted the quote “skip dinner be thinner” and it had 19,000 reblogs & counting. (they had never done that before and it drove me to unfollow if more of those kinds of posts would continue later on)

    Regardless of your health goals, be it losing weight, getting more fit, or just learning to love your body as it is, there must be a healthy mindset behind it. These put things into perspective.

  • http://gravatar.com/moudou moudou

    I’m reminded of the saying “What other people think of me is none of my business”. After years of trying to prove to all around you that you really hate being fat and you are sorry that they have to look at your sorry soul.

    You eventually run out of steam and have to reassess. No matter what anyone else says. It’s on you. It’s hard in the face of hate, but that’s the way it is.

  • Bernard

    No, you should feel good about yourself as soon as you’re done with the excuses and are eating and exercising to protect your health.

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