Body Positivity is Trending

Body Positivity is Trending

…and Jameela Jamil and Lizzo have a lot to say about it.

Hey there, body positivity — you’re a little late — but we’re glad you made it.

The self-love and body-confidence movement is trending. Cellulite. Stretch marks. Tummy rolls. Double chins. Guess what, ladies? We all have them. Finally, we are starting to normalize our own bodies in a society that has constantly pressured us to hate our “flaws”.

Where did this movement come from?

Singer, songwriter, and rapper Lizzo reminds us, “Body positivity only exists because body negativity is the norm” (RTE).

The reality is — our bodies move, bend, curve, roll and dimple — and it’s normal. The problem is that society has spent centuries crafting the narrative of what women should look like and the lies that tell us we are flawed for existing in our natural bodies. Beauty industries thrive off of the insecurities they create for us. Whether it’s anti-age cream, cellulite-be-gone lotion, or self-tanner, we are constantly convinced that we aren’t enough. While these cosmetic creams may not seem like a big deal, our body-shaming culture has escalated into harmful diet culture, eating disorders, and mental illnesses.

Did you know?

Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. In reality, only 5% of women naturally possess the “ideal body type” portrayed in media (Do Something).

Two celebrities who are pioneering the self-love and body-confidence movement are pop artist Lizzo and actress and activist Jameela Jamil. Both women are passionate about destroying our body-shaming culture.

Jameela Jamil, founder of the iWeigh movement, exclaims, “Stop shaming women about age, gravity, and cellulite. They’re inevitable, completely normal things. To make us fear them and try to “fix” them, is to literally set us up for failure” (Today).

Lizzo celebrates her body and encourages all women to do the same. Not only does Lizzo communicate body-love and confidence through her music, but she also speaks on the topic saying, “I don’t think that loving yourself is a choice. I think that it’s a decision that has to be made for survival; it was in my case. Loving myself was the result of answering two things: Do you want to live? ’Cause this is who you’re gonna be for the rest of your life. Or are you gonna just have a life of emptiness, self-hatred and self-loathing? And I chose to live, so I had to accept myself” (NBC).

Lizzo also reminds us that movements and trends come and go.

“[Body positive is] not a label I wanted to put on myself. It’s just my existence. All these ******* hashtags to convince people that the way you look is fine. Isn’t that ******* crazy? I say I love myself, and they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s so brave. She’s so political.’ For what? All I said is ‘I love myself, *****!’ Even when body positivity is over, it’s not like I’m going to be a thin white woman. I’m going to be black and fat. That’s just hopping on a trend and expecting people to blindly love themselves. That’s fake love. I’m trying to figure out how to actually live it” (The Cut).

At the end of the day, we aren’t here for a hashtag. We are here for the empowerment of all women living in all bodies. We are here for the self-love that belongs to every woman, regardless of the societal narrative.

Lizzo and Jameela are just two voices among many others who are fighting to reclaim the narrative for women’s bodies everywhere.

They are fighting against the shame and discontentment that society wants us to feel towards ourselves.

How will you help reclaim the narrative that has been distorted for the bodies of women?

By Amanda Walker