In a society filled with endless shaming trends, we need all the body-positive encouragement we can get. Recent challenges like the thigh gap, ab crack, bikini bridge, and hip dent tell women that their bodies aren’t good enough if they don’t subscribe to bizarre standards of thinness. Luckily, for every shaming trend, another body-positive trend emerges to push back.
The latest movement is #BellyJelly, which is exactly what it sounds like. The trend was started by an organization called Movemeant, which aims to help middle school girls feel comfortable with their bodies. “We all have it. She does. You do. So own it,” says an ad released by Movemeant. “When you own your belly jelly, you expose your grit. Your strength. Who you are.”
We love the trend for normalizing bellies and pointing out that even people with “gym bodies” have them.
If there is anything this #fitnessjourney has taught me, it is self love, acceptance, patience, grace, perseverance, and empowerment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Over the past 3 years I've seen my body go through some of the most incredible changes. I lost the baby weight I struggled to lose after having my kids, I stepped on stage to compete in a body building competition, I've had injuries and recovered from them. I've been leaner than where I am now, but I've never been happier. ✨ When I started I said that my goal is to become the healthiest and happiest version of myself in my 30s. ✨ And although there has been hardship, tears, challenges, and struggles; I am overall happy with being able to enjoy an active and well balanced healthy lifestyle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I never was active growing up. I played in after school sports, but never understood the impact that movement can make for someone's self esteem and confidence, until now. So today I'm going to embrace my #bellyjelly ???????? because although my body isn't perfect, I feel alive when I can move. That to me is the greatest accomplishment one can have in their fitness journey. ???????? Head over to @movemeantfound and join me in the revolution.
A photo posted by JOANNE ENCARNACION (@gofitjo) on Nov 18, 2016 at 9:34am PST
Society is beginning to accept curvy bodies, but this has been mostly limited to hourglass shapes with tiny waists, and the #BellyJelly trend is filling a hole in the body positive movement.
I am all for normalizing bellies! It isn't fair to just show you the pretty bellies, the erect bellies, the before and "after" bellies. Even this unglamorous belly, doing all the work, kicking butt for thirty minutes already, on the last move of the last round, is beautiful. I #DareToBare my #BellyJelly. ???????????????????????? #coredeforce #contest
A video posted by Nancy Lili (@fit_elvismilk) on Nov 17, 2016 at 6:11am PST
ABOUT LAST NITE. . Tapped It Back at @SoulCycle Palo Alto to celebrate a beautiful soul indeed, @gofitjo. . I am beyond grateful for Jo and stumbling across Jo's fitness journey on Instagram 3 years ago. It was definitely a catalyst in bringing me to where I am today as a mother confident in my own skin (my #bellyjelly), my own voice, armed with self-love instead of self-hate and the gumption to pursue a fitness career at 36. . Happy Birthday to a badass woman who is authentic AF on IG and IRL. May this year lead you to even greater connections, creating & making even more amazing things. . Thank you @hellowiggefy @munfung.bbg @meg_ for the healthy girl date! Sorry mommy duties beckoned, keeping me from the wine! . #soulcycle #meanttomove #ownyourbellyjelly #happybirthday #ladyboss #motherhood #fitmom #womenempoweringwomen #ohheymama #socality #loveyourbody #strongnotskinny #lovemyshape #popsugarfitness #hbfit #thesweatlife #betterforit #nikewomen #bodypositive #selflove #corestrength #postbaby #thekaylamovement #bbgcommunity #bbgbayarea #yogalove #sffitness #sfblogger #teamcozy
A photo posted by Mommy✖️LoveYourBody✖️DoGood. (@poosekat) on Nov 23, 2016 at 8:26am PST
Why oh why am I showing you my belly roll?? Well… because we alllll have them when we sit… sometimes when we stand depending on the angle. Don't get all wrapped up or beat yourself down over a picture or what you think is a bad angle. And certainly don't buy into every before and after pic you see out there! We all have our rolls and imperfections, that makes you human, that makes you, YOU and in my opinion that is what makes you beautiful. ❤ #bellyjelly #loveyourself #iloveme #loveyourbody #workinprogress #motivation #beawesome #believeinyourself
A photo posted by Julie Vincent (@julie_vincent_) on Nov 23, 2016 at 7:27am PST
#BellyJelly follows a series of body positive trends that have emerged to lift women up, including #MermaidThighs, which fights against the shaming thigh gap trend.
Q&A time!! I've never done a Q&A and since I have a long weekend ahead of me, I want to film a YouTube video answering your questions ???? Anything goes, so comment below on what you want to know ???????? More importantly as a gentle reminder as we go into the Thanksgiving holiday: There used to be a time when all I wanted was long, slender thighs and a "thigh gap". My mom is half my size, like a 2 or 4 in pants (I'm an 8 at most places), and she doesn't even have a thigh gap. Genetically, I'm just not sure it's in my cards! But somewhere on this journey I decided that was OK. When I stopped looking at my legs as something that defined my beauty and saw them as something that carried me daily and helped me live life fully, I learned to love them as they are: a symbol of strength. We all have our battles and some of us struggle silently and some more than others. But this week especially, be thankful for not just what you have, but who you are! As you celebrate with friends and family remember YOU add value and worth to their lives and vise versa. Your body or absent thigh gap means nothing to what you contribute to the lives of those around you. Be thankful for what you have and be thankful for a body that carries your soul and allows you to connect, love, and cherish the souls of others. You're also not define by the amount of food you eat, that won't be remembered. How you interact and create memories with those around you and the simplicity of just being present matters. Honor your soul and the gift of its presence in the lives that you share it with ✨????
A photo posted by Jess (@plankingforpizza) on Nov 23, 2016 at 9:04am PST
A photo posted by Lindsey Bent (@chasing.haley) on Mar 23, 2016 at 4:05am PDT
#TigerStripes encouraged women to be proud of their stretch marks.
"Shout out to the mamas man. The mamas with multiples The mamas who work hard The mamas who work 40 + hours a week The mamas who work from home The mamas who do this alone The mamas who appreciate the hell out of their partners (as a father figure- as a man standing in his choice) The mamas who are on government assistance The mamas starting their own businesses The mamas who have sacrificed their vanity for the life of their babies The mamas who take care of their babies with a face beat for the gods The mamas who don't shame another mama The mamas who uplift and pitch in where it's needed The mamas who can still check in on other mamas Shout out to us man, this shit HARD AS F????CK- & were slaying it. Tag a mama you're proud of- spread some self applause around real quick ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #honestmotherhood shout out to whatever decisions you make for your child/ because everyone will have a comment but no one will love them like you." ✨ Also, shout out to our teenage mothers, single parent mamas, stepmamas, prego mamas, mama like figures, two mamas household, and the mamas who lost a baby or adopted a child. ✨ #SoulSistersSunday… Mamas, I stand with and for you. I only get a taste of your job when I babysit (and I die a little every time) and I applaud you 'cause your job is HARD (and rewarding). ❤️ mamas.
A photo posted by Janny (@jannylivesunapologetically) on Nov 20, 2016 at 8:56am PST
these last few days have been crazyyyyy! thank you guys for the endless love and support. every tag, comment, like, share and repost has helped this message (of self-love) reach so many people. so far – @_ohbrenda_ and I have been published in @huffingtonpost @huffpostuk @cosmopolitan, @glamourmag, @todayshow, @popsugar and other major online publications! we're so thankful and in awe of how everything has taken a life of its own. stay faithful and remember why you started. #stretchmarks #postpregnancy #tigerstripes #calvinklein #inspiration #VSCO #bodypositivity #body #blackgirlmagic
A photo posted by deun ivory. (@deunivory) on Apr 25, 2016 at 6:31pm PDT
And #Fatkini helped showed women that bikinis aren’t just for thin women.
Who said a big woman can't wear a bikini? Your body your choice! ???? #bigwoman #bodypositive #curvygirl #curvesinbikini #plusisequal #plussize #curves #puntacana #beach #beautifulworld #travelling #travel #travelgram #instatravel #tourism #tui #fatkini #loveyourbody
A photo posted by Ellie VB (@elliecurvywoman) on Nov 22, 2016 at 3:16am PST
Yeahh! I'm fat and still waering bikini ???????? แหม่ เวลาจะสวย ผมจะต้องพันกัน !! นิ้วงี้เข้าไปพันนในผม ! #chubbybunny #fatkini #bikini #effyourbeautystandards #plum #plussize #GoldenConfidence #plussizethailand #plussizeappreciation #thighs #alternativecurves #selfiesforselflove #fat #fatisbeautiful #chubby #chubbygirl #curves #CelebrateMySize #curvygirl #bbw #bigandblunt #bigbeautifulwomen #bodyconfidence #wewearwhatwewant
A photo posted by นู๋น้าม ตัวกล๊มกลม (@nuunummii) on Nov 21, 2016 at 7:14pm PST
We’re glad to see a trend that embraces belly rolls for a change. Everybody has them.