The journey to body positivity and self-acceptance takes place on a long and winding road filled with pot holes and obstacles that can be so hard to navigate alone. The key to survival is to know that you are not on this journey by yourself. But when we live in a world that inundates us with messages that thin is in and people still genuinely believe that identifying anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum is a choice, it can be hard to see through the fog of negativity and find representation in the media – or just on the street.
My number one tip when starting your body positivity journey is to find true and accurate representation of people like you and people that you want to see in the world. Representation is key, and your social media feeds are the easiest way to do this. Curating your feeds to remind you every day that you are beautiful, perfect the way you are and that you are not alone is the only way that this proud, fat, femme has gotten this far.
There are a myriad of fat, queer influencers out there to light up your feed – but here are my top five must -follow influencers from around the world.
Brianne Hunstman (US)
Based in New York, Brianne is a queer activist, designer and writer of my number one go to blog for everything fat and queer. With titles like ‘Gender Inclusive Makeup’ and ‘Growing Up Mormon and Queer’ Brianne uses The Huntswoman as a platform in which she gets to talk about whatever she pleases and does she ever! The thing I love about Brianne most of all (and all of my top 5) is their no filter approach to life. Brianne makes no apologies for living her life just the way she is. Whether it’s breaking down the stigma around adults with ADHD or checking out her Fat Fashion on her gram The_Huntswoman is a must follow for a feeling of inclusivity and collective rage.
Sonya Renee Taylor (US)
Sonya is new to my feed. I put a call out to my followers recently for must follow IG accounts and I lost count of how many times Sonya was recommended! Sonya is an academically minded, black, queer, neurodiverse cis womxn activist who has a lot to say and isn’t afraid to say it. Sonya’s IG stories are my new favorite place to hang out when I’m angry or confused by the gaslighting that is so frequently inflicted upon those of us who are part of the fat, queer liberation movement. Do yourself a favor and check out her story highlights, Fat and Gender, Fatphobic Favs, Self-Care each highlight is unique and inspiring. Sonya also runs a 4-week Radical Self Love Course that is well worth looking up.
J Aprileo (US)
Fat YouTube fanatics get onto J! This non-binary, fat writer and youtuber is everything you need for your late night YouTube spiral. J provides a fresh perspective on the fat liberation movement from the eyes of the nonbinary experience. Their videos hit home with topics like ‘How to Navigate Healthcare’ and ‘How to be Body Positive’ and really shed light on the fact that there is a lack of representation for nonbinary people in general but particularly in the fat liberation movement.
Laura Du Ve (AUS)
The body positivity/fat liberation movement is slowly but surely reaching the shores of Australia and Laura is giving a voice to the queer Australian community which is so sorely needed. As a visual artist and plus size model Laura uses her platform to speak out about LGBTQIA+ issues, the femme spectrum and the queer identity. Laura’s exhibitions Fatter IRL and Femme Armour are not only responsible for helping femme and fat people feel seen and represented but are also making people outside of these spheres question their privilege. Laura’s Instagram account gives me life as a fellow color obsessed babe and queer fat femme.
Lottie L’Amour (UK)
Shouting about life loud and proud is the final babe on my list, Miss Lottie L’Amour. Lottie is a London based powerhouse of pride and fat self love. Lottie’s hashtag #lovemychubclub is one of my favorite places to scroll through for fashion inspiration and bad ass babes loving themselves and not apologizing for it. I first stumbled across Lottie via an article she wrote ‘I’m an Out Lesbian in the Workplace’ and then I completely fell in love with her during her work with Glamour UK for the Blend Out Bullying campaign. Do yourself a favor, go and watch her stories and let her bubbly UK accent warm your soul.
Putting this list together was so much harder than I thought it was going to be because there are so many amazing people out their spreading their lives, their love and their bodies in an effort to change the world. The representation of fat and queer people might not be present in mainstream media but it is definitely there on Instagram and YouTube. You just have to go looking. Or you can click on the links below:
And me! @laceyjadechristie
I hope that these influencers help you realize that you’re not alone. Remember that, however you identify, whatever shape your body is you are perfect just the way you are. -LJC