This is a place of encouragement, a place to discuss body image, insecurities, self-esteem, and everything under the umbrella of fighting self-hate and finding self-love.

No matter what you look like, what color, what gender, sexual orientation, what size or however many "flaws", healthy, not healthy, working on it, abled, disabled, we are all human, we all deserve to be happy, we all deserve to love ourselves. With this blog you will see all kinds of REAL bodies, REAL people, REAL stories.

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mixed-power:

Got myself a new pair of jeans that finally fit me comfortably. $25 from a Korean-brand store called Eight Seconds. Actually makes me feel good rather than chubby.

brooklynboobala:

jeanneclawedvanglam:

anacane:

anactingangel:

Makin’ some art :)

Yes, I believe this piece is called ‘Heart Disease.’ 
I think the next one is supposed to be called ‘Diabetes.’
Very artistic. Some might say ‘killer’. 

LOL how very creative you are! So original! Generalizing judgements about people you don’t know makes you look so smaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart! 

The human body is art, no matter what form and no matter if you think it’s pretty or not, healthy or not, worthy or not. The body is amazing, and the diversity in bodies is profound and important for everyone to see. Normalizing diversity is imperative. Still, some people need to be reminded that their opinion on someone’s body is actually not needed. This person’s desire to pull someone down who is actively happy and proud of their body simply highlights the mindset of an asshole. I think we put way too much emphasis on having opinions about other people’s bodies when we should just be concerned with what’s happening in our own bag of flesh. Asshole comments that are initially thought to be clever are quite simply the mindless drivel of a person with no ability to see humanity as a whole. There is no default. Every body is a good body.

brooklynboobala:

jeanneclawedvanglam:

anacane:

anactingangel:

Makin’ some art :)

Yes, I believe this piece is called ‘Heart Disease.’ 

I think the next one is supposed to be called ‘Diabetes.’

Very artistic. Some might say ‘killer’. 

LOL how very creative you are! So original! Generalizing judgements about people you don’t know makes you look so smaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaart! 

The human body is art, no matter what form and no matter if you think it’s pretty or not, healthy or not, worthy or not. The body is amazing, and the diversity in bodies is profound and important for everyone to see. Normalizing diversity is imperative.

Still, some people need to be reminded that their opinion on someone’s body is actually not needed. This person’s desire to pull someone down who is actively happy and proud of their body simply highlights the mindset of an asshole.

I think we put way too much emphasis on having opinions about other people’s bodies when we should just be concerned with what’s happening in our own bag of flesh. Asshole comments that are initially thought to be clever are quite simply the mindless drivel of a person with no ability to see humanity as a
whole.

There is no default. Every body is a good body.

(Source: benegesseritangel)

How Do YOU Define Yourself Lizzie Velasquez at TEDxAustinWomen

In a time when beauty is defined by supermodels, success is defined by wealth, and fame is deified by how many followers you have on social media, Lizzie Velasquez asks the question how do you define yourself? Once labeled, “The Worlds Ugliest Woman,” Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness.

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION! 

Our co-mod Stacy is a talented girl! In addition to being a kickass mod, she also runs an etsy shop where she sells jewelry, keychains, and all kinds of adorable stuff! Lately she’s been making some amazing body-positive jewelry like you see here! She can even customize with names, dates, colors, and pretty much anything else you can imagine!

Stacy is trying to finance a move to California to start a new life with her beau that will include healthcare and disability programs that she really needs. So not only would you be getting some great new jewelry, you’d also be helping out an amazing girl in need! So share this far and wide, and if you see anything you like, don’t be afraid to treat yoself! :

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperPoppyStore

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperPoppyStore

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperPoppyStore

Love,

Amber

Hey all, my name is Elle and I am a moderator on SHYB. I used to have a popular blog called BeingBelle, but the pressure kinda got to me, so I gave it up.

I’ve been absent from tumblr for a while, fighting my body demons and trying to avoid the reality of the situation- but I am back. I’m determined to use the internet to gain confidence, body positivity and an all round good relationship with myself.

I have recently created a youtube channel: JustBeingBelle. So far I’ve created videos like this one… just random vlogs trying to make people smile.

My ultimate goal is to create a channel of body positivity, random thoughts and vlogs discussing life. I’ll be mentioning SHYB, and specifically my body journey, in upcoming videos.

I just wanted to invite you to join me on my youtube journey, I’d appreciate any and all support, and it would be a lovely way to get some familiar faces involved.

Thank you so much for your ever constant positivity and caring. You push me forward and without this site, or the people on it, I don’t think I’d be stood here today.

My Links:

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Twitter

Youtube.

Thank you all,

JustBeingBelle

sophspiration:



What are stretch marks?


Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that develop on the surface of the skin.  They develop when the the skin is stretched suddenly and the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through. [x]


Are they common?


Yes, so many people have them. Fat people have them. Thin people have them. Models have them. Athletes have them. VS Angels have them. Men, women, and those who don’t fit the gender binary. Young, old, and anywhere in between. Anyone can get them, and many do. They appear when skin stretches due to various types of growth, and everybody grows, so they’re more common than you might think. 


Why do I barely ever see other people with stretch marks, then?


Firstly, they’re not as noticeable as you may think they are. You are your own worst critic - nobody is going to be judging your appearance as harshly as you do. I bet you’ve seen hundreds of women with stretch marks, and just never noticed them.
Secondly, it’s no secret that the media likes to hide everything they might deem as an “imperfection”. Spots, eyebags, pores, stretch marks, wrinkles, body hair - all of these things are completely normal, but are barely ever seen in the media. It doesn’t mean that people don’t have them, it just means that the media love to make their models as stereotypically “flawless” as possible, to try to convince you that you need to buy the products that they’re selling. Nobody looks like the models in magazines. Even the models don’t look like the models in magazines. Just because you can’t see people’s stretch marks, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.


What can I do?


Stretch marks fade over time. Many start off as pink or purple, and gradually fade, becoming barely noticeable. The speed of this process can sometimes be increased by moisturizing the area. There are many different products on the market that claim to remove stretch marks, but often you are paying more for what is essentially a glorified moisturizer. Anything that moisturizes and therefore increases the elasticity of your skin may help to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, but there is no guarantee that this will work, and they will probably never disappear completely.
Stretch marks are completely normal, so the best thing you can do is to learn to accept them. They are a part of you, they’re not the enemy. Embrace your stripes! 

sophspiration:

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that develop on the surface of the skin.  They develop when the the skin is stretched suddenly and the middle layer of your skin (the dermis) breaks in places, allowing the deeper layers to show through. [x]

Are they common?

Yes, so many people have themFat people have them. Thin people have themModels have themAthletes have themVS Angels have them. Men, women, and those who don’t fit the gender binary. Young, old, and anywhere in between. Anyone can get them, and many do. They appear when skin stretches due to various types of growth, and everybody grows, so they’re more common than you might think. 

Why do I barely ever see other people with stretch marks, then?

Firstly, they’re not as noticeable as you may think they are. You are your own worst critic - nobody is going to be judging your appearance as harshly as you do. I bet you’ve seen hundreds of women with stretch marks, and just never noticed them.

Secondly, it’s no secret that the media likes to hide everything they might deem as an “imperfection”. Spots, eyebags, pores, stretch marks, wrinkles, body hair - all of these things are completely normal, but are barely ever seen in the media. It doesn’t mean that people don’t have them, it just means that the media love to make their models as stereotypically “flawless” as possible, to try to convince you that you need to buy the products that they’re selling. Nobody looks like the models in magazines. Even the models don’t look like the models in magazines. Just because you can’t see people’s stretch marks, doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

What can I do?

Stretch marks fade over time. Many start off as pink or purple, and gradually fade, becoming barely noticeable. The speed of this process can sometimes be increased by moisturizing the area. There are many different products on the market that claim to remove stretch marks, but often you are paying more for what is essentially a glorified moisturizer. Anything that moisturizes and therefore increases the elasticity of your skin may help to reduce the appearance of your stretch marks, but there is no guarantee that this will work, and they will probably never disappear completely.

Stretch marks are completely normal, so the best thing you can do is to learn to accept them. They are a part of you, they’re not the enemy. Embrace your stripes