8 Body Positive Heroes You Need To Follow On Instagram

The women making sure insta is more IRL

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This year, (13th-19th May) is focusing on and whilst Instagram can be a bed of self doubt for the way we think and feel about ourselves, there's a group of women out there who are trying to put a stop to it (and they're doing a really great job).

These are the new who are shining a light on the other smaller, quieter body positive movements which encompass the whole spectrum of society. From accounts that celebrate 'mid-size' bodies to influencers appreciating the physical achievements their bodies can take on and achieve, from mothers to women with disabilities.

These accounts will make sure your morning scroll leaves you motivated and ready to take on the day. What are you waiting for? Hit follow now.

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1 MidSize Collective

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Dedicated to celebrating "average" sized women from size 10-18, 's message is that you don't have to be on either side of the weight scale to be confident - you can be confident at any size.

Referring to themselves as the home of the not petite but not plus-sized style inspo, the movement has been supported by a huge amount of influencers and they boast their own hashtag #midsizestyle which has been used on over 33,000 posts. Need we say more?

2 Jess Amyn

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Plus size influencer is keen to demonstrate that yoga is for 'every body'. Using Instagram Jess emphasises that slim does not equal flexible and challenges others to confront the current narrative towards plus size women.

If Jess' pictures of her doing yoga in lingerie doesn't get you running to your next yoga class we don't know what will! You'll find us doing the downward dog.

3 Megan Rose Lane

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Megan is a beauty blogger who after having her first child began documenting her struggles with her body image and confidence.

Offering a refreshingly calm view of motherhood, Megan is open about how she's learning to accept herself following her experience with an eating disorder, 'I remember that the body I’m so quick to judge and bully just created and delivered my tiny little soul mate, and continues to provide the food for her to grow stronger every day.'

If you need a reminder of how amazing the human body is is sure to be the one to give it to you.

4 Radhika Sanghani

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Journalist and author started the body positive campaign #sideprofileselfie to celebrate the side profiles of noses that may not fit in with typical European beauty standards, but are still just as beautiful.

The movement has gathered over 5,000 posts with followers showing off their own side profile. Why not join the movement and show off yours?

5 Tania Jane

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Disabled lifestyle blogger Tania uses to show her followers that you do not need to be limited by your disability. Her posts show her journey through motherhood and aim to inspire and challenge stereotypes - and they definitely do that!

Tania also includes an image description under each post so that her Instagram page is accessible for the visually impaired.

6 Katie Meehan

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Make-up artists Katie was born with Cystic Hygroma - a condition which causes cysts form on the left side of her face, neck and tongue.

Katie had to go through invasive surgery and in this time she started a blog to breakdown beauty standards. Using Instagram to share beauty tutorials, has built up a 200, 000 strong community of supporters, why not become one of them?

7 Bishamber Das

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As the UK's first ever so-called 'plus-sized' Asian model, is a body positive advocate. Through her modelling and with over 123, 000 Instagram followers, Bishamber is a voice for Asian women who find themselves underrepresented in images that celebrate different body shapes and sizes.

8 Hannah Mills

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Fitness blogger Hannah has learnt to appreciate her body more after giving birth to her daughter and encourages other mothers to do the same.

She uses her account, , to share at home work out videos and some very wise words - 'There’s still this idea that women should “bounce back” to their pre pregnancy body... but here’s the thing... my body will never ‘go back’ or be the same, and you know why? Because I grew and pushed a beautiful human out of it.' Here here Hannah!

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