We’ve posted a lot of great body image advice lately. From Tess Holliday’s take on the bikini body to the best body positive blogs the Internet has to offer, body positivity is really having a moment — and we’re betting it’s here to stay. But one body part in particular hasn’t seen quite enough love, and it’s one that a lot of people struggle to accept: arms. If you’ve ever avoided sleeveless tops for fear of showing off your own arms, body-positive blogger Sarah Anne, of the fashion blog Big Hips Red Lips, has launched a new campaign just for you.
Her campaign is called “A Right to Bare Your Fat Arms,” and it’s amazing. “If you google ‘I hate my arms,’ the results are mind blowing,” Sarah Anne writes on her blog. “Results ranging from blog posts of self-hate to lotions, exercises to ‘lose that arm fat’ and entire lines of beauty cosmetics to tone up your arms. When, why and how did fat arms become one of the worst things a human being can have?”
So she decided to take matters into her own… well, arms. She posted a photo of herself looking gorgeous in a sleeveless top and put out a call on social media for others to submit their own photos. The result was a beautiful collective celebration of body positivity that will inspire you to love your own arms, no matter their size.
But it’s not always easy: “I can recount countless memories where I opted to stay home simply because I was too insecure of my arms.” she writes. “Five years later, I hardly think about my arms anymore. It’s strange to think I ever really did and that I spent so much of my life fearing showing them off. I can’t quite figure out why I hated them so much and why so many people still do. My arms have stretch marks and cellulite, yes, but do you know what else they have? The ability to hold up my favorite book while I lay in bed and relax. The ability to cook and bake for my loved ones. The ability to cuddle my partner and to hold him tight. My arms and your arms have amazing capabilities and they deserve our love too.” We can’t think of a better message to put out in the world!
Does this campaign inspire YOU to love your own arms a little more? Tweet us your thoughts @BritandCo!
(Image via Big Hips Red Lips)