2016 Body Positive Moments That Made Us Say Yas Queen
While we spend most of our December looking forward to festive parties and cozy days with the fam, we also like to take a moment to remember all of the amazing things that happened this year (because, let’s be honest, Facebook’s year in review is mega depressing). This year we’re reflecting on all the wonderful body positivity moments that made us scream YAS QUEEN from our office rooftop. From celebrities to hashtags, here are 12 moments in 2016 that celebrated diverse bodies and made us super proud.
1. We learned to celebrate our #MermaidThighs. While having a natural gap between your thighs is cool, there’s no question that the trend-setting thigh gap phenomenon was a little sketchy (so cringy, in fact, that there was even a fake thigh gap jewelry website to help combat it). This year, ladies with slightly thicker thighs celebrated their curves with the hashtag #MermaidThighs on Instagram. And yes, we’re a teensy bit obsessed.
2. There were SO MANY body positive ads this year. Sure, we’ve seen a scattering of body positive ads in the past, but 2016 was the year body diversity and inclusivity hit it big. From Lane Bryant to Aerie to the There’s No Wrong Way to Be a Woman campaign… maybe our fave brands have finally gotten the message that all figures deserve a spot in the limelight.
This fitness blogger’s relatable problem went viral on Facebook
Tiffany Brien’s Facebook post about her struggle with bloating went mega viral. Not only did it bring attention to something that millions of women silently struggle with, but her girlboss attitude about the whole thing left us teary eyed and super impressed. (Photo via Tiffany Brien)
Science said loving your body is the key to happiness
new study proved that genuinely loving your body, flaws and all, is the key to a happier life. Take that, haters.
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So I just pulled into the gym and Anderson is of course dead asleep in the car because he of course refused to nap today.😂 Hence I get to chill and mentally prepare to smash some #BBG #arms when he awakes.😈👊🏼💁🏻 || It's no secret I hate arm day.. (thanks @kayla_itsines for calling me out at the NYC #sweattour2016 😳😬) but ya know what? I DO IT ANYWAY. Because even though I hate training arms, I love seeing progress. When I began BBG my arms and shoulders were by far my weakest, and though I still don't enjoy my arms circuits, at least I can do them! Sure, my progress has been slow and steady but for me this has never been about getting quickly "shredded" or "making gains". (Nothing wrong with that of course!🤗) But my point is I needed a program that fit my busy lifestyle and didn't consume it. I needed something flexible and do-able year round. Something I could stick to that brought maintainable results. That is what BBG is and that is how these baby muscles have been grown. And THAT is what I love. I love the feeling I get at the end of my workout knowing that I DID IT. Little by little, one circuit, one workout at a time. THAT'S HOW WE DO IT. 👊🏼💪🏼 . . . . . #bbgbabes #bbgcommunity #bbggirls #bbgfam #bbgmoms #bbgmums #bbgsisters #bbglife #fitmom #fitness #fitfam #fit #workout #fitspo #fitchick #mysweatlife #sweat #girlswithmuscles #girlgains
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An OITNB star wore a killer swimsuit to New York Fashion Week and slayed the damn game
Dascha Polanco wore a gorgeous swimsuit at fashion week that made a huge body positive statement (and coincidently inspired our wardrobe must-have for the season). (Photo via Ilya S. Savenok/Getty)
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I talk about defying yoga stereotypes in a new video for @glamourmag. To watch the full thing, check out Glamour.com (link in bio)! Also, I am taking over the @glamourmag snapchat today- my life is totally unlike the polished & pretty yoga teacher lifestyle, so I'm pretty stoked to show y'all what it's like to practice, teach, and live yoga when you're a curvy fat #qpoc femme in the American South. It's going down at 10am EST- Follow @glamourmag on snap (same name) to catch all the action! (Oh yeah & I'm @mynameisjessamy on 👻) 📸 by @kathrynfriedman Leggings- @mandukayoga Sports Bra- @torridfashion
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We learned the actual psychology behind wanting a “bikini body” and how to deal with the misconception.
bikini body” to hit the beach is nothing new, this year we got some actual scientific reasons for why we think we need one to rock a two piece. Fortunately, we were also able to score some mega helpful tips to raise body positive kids to help the next generation get a head start.
I sometimes get asked why my weight is in my bio and FYI it's bc I think it's weird how people have no idea what different weights look like
— Sam Escobar 👻 (@myhairisblue) August 17, 2016