Alicia Keys spoke candidly to Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Willow Smith about her own issues surrounding self-worth.
Blogger Lauren Curtis has shared an honest photo to help encourage women to love their bodies no matter what.Admitting it can be “crippling” to worry about our supposed “flaws”, Lauren posted three photos for her Instagram followers.“I usually only post photos of my best angles with the best lighting because I look at those photos and they make me feel good about myself,” Lauren wrote alongside the first photo showing off her pert derriere.“But it doesn’t mean I’m also not proud of my body when it doesn’t look like that.”She went on to share a side-by-side comparison photo of her bum – cellulite, stretch marks and all.“In the second photo I’m clenching my butt cheeks to demonstrate that I still have my fair share of cellulite….my stretch marks and lil spider veins,” she wrote.“I used to be so worried people would notice all these ‘flaws’ and it’s honestly crippling.“In reality we ALL have them to some degree and they do not matter.”Her fans have applauded the influencer for her truthful post, saying more people on social media should be this authentic.“I love this post so much,” one person commented. “This is going to help so many women feel more confident in their own skin. We need a lot more of this authenticity on social media.”“Thank you for sharing and also making myself and others realise to love our body no matter what shape,” another wrote.And she’s not the only one reminding us that behind every envy-inducing snap is real life, as the gallery below shows.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK.Read more from Yahoo Style UK:Jameela Jamil apologises to fans for airbrushed photographsNigella Lawson isn’t here to be edited: ‘Don’t airbrush my sticking out stomach’Woman edits her image to show how the ‘perfect’ body has changed
"I vowed that if I ever had a daughter, I would instill self-esteem, pride, and courage in her," says mother and life coach Toshia Shaw.
This couple’s photoshoot is going viral for the best reason!Stephanie and Arryn wanted to take part in a loved-up boudoir photoshoot as a special way of marking their recent engagement.The couple had originally responded to a call out from their friend and photographer, Bria Terry, of Wolf & Rose photography, and saw the photoshoot as an opportunity to celebrate their love.But after the images were posted to the Wolf & Rose Facebook page, the duo have found themselves going viral thanks to their palpable body confidence and beautiful chemistry.Even the famously mean social media comments section seems to have been silenced by the stunning shots. And since being uploaded to Facebook the touching images have been shared almost 83K times and received more than 61K reactions – almost entirely positive.“This is probably one of the most beautiful and inspiring things I have ever seen.” One fan wrote.“This is so perfect,” added another. “Their love for one another shines so bright that nothing else in the world matters, especially not the opinions of those who would try to bring them down. You did a wonderful job of capturing that connection.”“This makes my heart so happy and gives me hope as a plus size woman that not all men care about what size you are,” another woman commented.Stephanie has used the opportunity to sprinkle a message of body positivity to anyone who struggles with body confidence thanks to society’s, often unrealistic, perceptions of beauty.“I remember being in junior high and looking at myself in the mirror, wondering why my stomach wasn’t the way it was ‘supposed’ to be,” she told Huffington Post.“Over the years, I’ve come to accept that I am always going to be considered plus-size. I push myself out of my comfort zone by wearing clothes that I love but aren’t in society’s mould of what is acceptable for bigger women, like crop tops, tight shirts, shorter dresses and shorts. I walk around with my head high, smiling, and show no shame in myself.”She says taking part on the photoshoot gave her a chance to really express herself. “I honestly have never felt more attractive,” she said of the first time she saw the shoot. “I look so in love and confident. Every person should be able to see themselves in that light. It is really eye-opening.”The photographer who captured the empowering images hopes they will serve as a reminder that love doesn’t discriminate. “The connection they share is truly inspiring, even to me,” Bria told Healthline “It has always been my hope as a photographer to show people the beauty that they hold, and I feel like I’ve done this here.”“I am a firm believer in love. Size, race, religion, and sexuality are all things that are at times used to divide us, but at the end of the day, we all just want to be loved. I think that’s why these photos have become so popular. Above all else, you can see the love that these two share.”Aww.Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for non-stop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyleUK. Read more from Yahoo Style UK:The body positive hashtags taking over your social media feed right nowPlus-size model posts body-positive photos in Kim Kardashian-inspired swimsuitTess Holliday is reminding everyone that fat people have sex too
Last year I quit alcohol for six months. I felt troubled I’d never known myself as an adult who didn’t drink; the longest break I’d ever taken was a week, two at most. From working in restaurants aged 18, to university drinking culture, to sitting in front of the telly with a glass of red. All ‘normal’ stuff. Oh there were times I abused alcohol; a painful breakup and my quarter life crisis saw me use red wine as one hell of a crutch but I didn’t feel my habits were out of the ordinary, not compared to my peers or even the culture around me.
Although Instagram is known for promoting everything from clean living to mental health, some accounts do cause us to feel like failures in the life department. After all, we know that many celebrity photos are heavily edited yet our attempts to rival Kylie Jenner and co are never-ending. Now, a recent study has confirmed that Instagram is more damaging to our self-esteem than traditional magazines and adverts.
Selfies have been getting a bad rep recently, with people saying that they’re ‘vain’, trigger low self esteem and are something that only ‘self-obsessed’ millennials like to do. The group was then randomly split into three, with one third being asked to take a smiling selfie at this time, another to take a picture of an object of place that made them happy, and the final group told to take a picture of something that would make someone else happy before sending it to the person. In other words, taking happy selfies is far from damaging for our self esteems - in fact, it probably makes us happier.
This is one of the many reasons that Alicia Keys no longer wears makeup, as she recently wrote a powerful essay on why women should ‘uncover up’. The songwriter believes that makeup has a negative effect on women - especially young women - and that it erodes their self esteem. She wrote on Lenny (Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s feminist newsletter): “We all get to a point in our lives (especially girls) where we try to be perfect. Help! A Lil monster is attacking me!!! 👻👻 A photo posted by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) on Aug 13, 2016 at 4:03pm PDT “Does it start somewhere in second grade after picture day when you wear your frizzy hair out ‘cause your mama says it’s beautiful but all your “friends” laugh at you?
Which is why fitness blogger Kelsey Wells, is urging her 300K followers to stop being a slave to the scales and letting weight define how they feel about their bodies. Sharing three side-by-side selfies, one two months after giving birth (145 lbs) then when she reached her ‘goal weight’ (122 lbs) a few months later, and how she looks today after putting 18 lbs back on (140 lbs). Explaining that she used to allow her weight it to totally affect her self-esteem, Kelsey told her followers that after putting on more weight than she expected during her pregnancy, she was desperate to get back to her ‘goal weight’.
Vitiligo sufferer Tiffany Posteraro got this tattoo to defy bullies who labelled her ‘cow’ and ‘dalmatian’. Around 1 in 100 people in the UK will develop Vitiligo. Thanks to people like Winnie Harlow awareness of the condition is on the rise.
Don’t listen to the messages insisting your body needs to fit with impossibly set societal standards — listen to Amy Schumer. The comedienne appeared on the Today Show Friday to discuss body image, her own struggles with it, and her efforts to help change how debilitating poor self esteem can be. “It’s an emotional thing,” she admitted to Maria Shriver about her battle with body issues. “It’s been a struggle for me my whole life, and especially just being in the entertainment industry.
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