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These Body Positive Latina Instagrammers Are Offering Their Followers Love And Light

Social media can be a Gemini-like platform like no other. While all at once managing to tear us down, its the same platform that can lift us up and teach us how to love ourselves.

Still, one of the worst offenses social media has created has been perpetuating a false idea that all women look, or rather should look one way. But this is an idea that most of us know can’t be farther from the truth: each individual’s body is different, and our curves are shaped by genetics, habits, life experience and the inevitable passing of time. And all of are beautiful. There is nothing more empowering than a woman that knows who she is, who wears her wrinkles as a trophy and a sign of a life well lived.

Yet, we know, there is this expectation that we all should look like 20-something supermodels. But like America Ferrara discovered in one of her early roles, real women have curves! Yes, small, big, uneven curves. Luckily, along with the judgmental influencers who populate Instagram and other platforms, there is an increasing number of women who have joined the body positivity movement. Body positivity is loving oneself as the first and most important step towards acceptance and change. Body positivity doesn’t mean that you have to be complacent if you have health issues or you could improve your daily habits: it is about acknowledging who you are, knowing your body and therefore knowing what it needs. It is also about being sexy in our own skin, knowing that sensuality does not derive from stupid ideas around acceptable and unacceptable body types, but around attitude.

Here are some Latina women who have embraced the body positivity philosophy and have decided to share the wisdom.

Read, reflect and smile.

This queen who silenced haters and called for bravery

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Enough is enough! Basta! We have lived long enough trying, or being forced to satisfy an unreal, and frankly stupid ideal, of what the female body should look like. To them, we say: calladito te ves más bonito. In short: shut up and don’t project your insecurities on our gorgeous curves.

This lady who showed us that our bodies can be beautiful landscapes

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The caption for this amazing black and white caption is empowering and honest. “I want to steer away from what is beautiful and be myself. I am what I am without worrying about how others see me. This makes me very happy”. And we are happy with you, reina hermosa. 

This mami that teaches her kid the value of self-love

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This Panamanian queen is showing her little boy the real value of appreciating and loving one’s body. We can’t stress this enough: we have to talk to our chiquitos about what their wonderful bodies are capable of, how to take care of them and how to face the unavoidable doubts that all of them will face during their teenage years (or even before then, as some studies have shown recently).

This superstar that strikes a pose and tells the world: “I am sure you like what you are seeing”

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Her gaze just hypnotizes us. This is a woman who is sure of herself, that wears her curves with pride and who faces the world con una actitud chingona

This super flexible mujer de primera

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This woman knows that every body type can get fit, and fitness not always means estar flaca como un palo. The message is clear: “Self-love is important in the process of bettering our relationship with our eating habits”. If you love yourself, you will kick ass, hermana, plain and simple.

This future mom who slays pregnancy

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Pregnancy is one of the most transformative life events a woman can go through, not only emotionally but also physically. This post sends us a really clear message: cellulite is nothing, especially when a life is growing inside you. Awwwww. Ternura por todos lados.

This body positivity advocate who has a message for all of us: be proud of your scars

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If you don’t already, you should follow this body positivity advocate who takes the best photoshoots and delivers empowering messages. La moraleja de hoy: let your scars be part of you, don’t hide them, they tell the story of who you are and where you’ve been.

This muchacha who found inspiration in Dumplin’

Credit: Instagram. @flo.madera

Among their original productions, Netflix really le dio al clavo with Dumpling, a movie about body positivity in the world of beauty pageants. We love this quote from the movie, user Flo Madera made it her own. Yes, queen!

This amazing battle cry

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We love this illustration by @deditodesalchicha. It says: “No one should be at war with their own body”. Need we say more? If you have been at war with your cuerpecito, just stop, it makes no good.

This woman who celebrated her dignified muffin tops!

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This photo tells the story of this woman, who met an old lady that told her she was very skinny when she was 7-years-old and commented on how “fat” she is now. Her F-U is well deserved.

This Dominicana who reminded us our bodies are amazing and do wonderful things

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We often forget that by simply keeping us alive out bodies are already doing wonderful things. Come to think about it, our bodies are well-oiled machines that put thousands of chemical processes in motion and keep a balance that makes us who we are. That is nothing short of miraculous. “Love your body not because of how you look, but because what it is capable of doing”, is this wonderful woman’s motto.

And she serves us some more body positivity wisdom!

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She says: “Do not change so you can fit fashion, make fashion fit YOU”. Easier said than done, but we promise we will try, querida.

This awesome young woman who decided to give the finger to society. Good on her!

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Body positivity sometimes comes with a bit of rage. After all, it is society’s unspoken rules that lead women (as well as men and non-binary individuals) to feel inadequate in their own skin. This woman’s declaration of independence is awesome: “I started feeling free when I realized that I would never fit the cookie cutter mold that society had reserved for me”. En otras palabras, everyone please mind your own business.

This woman who acknowledges that the body changes and we need to feel at home in it

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Alejandra knows, like many of us, that bodily changes can be terrifying. She takes this at face value and then gives us a pearl of wisdom: bodies change because they want to protect us. We need to be grateful, love our bodies like a comforting, cozy home

And this beautiful illustration by @Pattysupercool

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We just want to shed a happy tear looking at this cute illustration. The motto: “You look so gorgeous since you love yourself”. And that is what body positivity is all about, amarte siempre y sin pretextos.

Chrissy Teigen’s Photos Of Her Breast Implant Removal Scars Are Pretty Dang Brave

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Chrissy Teigen’s Photos Of Her Breast Implant Removal Scars Are Pretty Dang Brave

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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that when Chrissy Teigen decides to be forthright she does so without shame.

When it comes to her role in ensuring body positivity, this truth goes double. In recent months the actress has made the decision to be vocal about her choice to have her breast implants removed. She’s been open about the process, sharing her experiences with pain and healing. Recently, she even shared her daughter Luna’s reaction. “Have fun pulling your boobies out,” she wrote in a message to her mother just before her surgery.

Teigen has continued to show off pictures of herself on her social media platforms proving that despite the process she is not only doing amazing she also looks it! The stellar images have caused some to doubt whether she actually followed through with the removal of her implants in the first place.

To set the record straight, Teigen shared images of her scars while wearing a yellow bikini.

To confirm her surgery, Teigen took to Instagram on Sunday to show the scars now located on the bottom of her breasts. The fresh scars run vertically down each of them making it pretty dang clear the surgery actually happened.

“A few of my friends keep having to tell people that I really got my implants out, ’cause no one believes it,” Teigen explained in an interview. “These are the scars.” She followed up the photo with images of herself in an operating room that had been taken just after the procedure. “Trust me lol,” she wrote over the image.

The model announced her plans to have her implants removed earlier this year back in May.

“I’m getting my boobs out! They’ve been great to me for many years but I’m just over it,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I’d like to be able to zip a dress in my size, lay on my belly with pure comfort! No biggie! So don’t worry about me! All good. I’ll still have boobs, they’ll just be pure fat. Which is all a tit is in the first place. A dumb, miraculous bag of fat.”

Haters Tried To Shame Cardi B With Photoshopped Images Of Her At Target And Boy Did She Clap Back

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Haters Tried To Shame Cardi B With Photoshopped Images Of Her At Target And Boy Did She Clap Back

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Body shamers gonna hate.

It’s been a brutal start to summer for us all but Cardi B has proved that she continues to thrive. With regular pics of herself flaunting her looks on Instagram, the Dominican rapper has not shied away from sharing images of herself in an array of wigs, her natural locks, or in stringy bikinis.

And while the celebration of her looks should be admired by all, some have opted to attempt to stomp on it all.

Recently, an edited image of Cardi B at Target began circulating on social media.

Earlier this week, pictures of Cardi shopping in Target began to pop up online. The images showed the rapper shopping and wearing exercise gear and people were quick to attempt to “body shame” her for appearing to gain weight. Trolls quickly made their way over to Cardi B’s profile page and accused the artist of editing the bikini pictures that she recently posted on Instagram.

Fortunately, it didn’t take long for Cardi to catch wind of the commotion and defend herself on Instagram by posting more bikini videos.

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In a series of images to her Instagram story, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper shared a video of herself in her underwear and admitted she’d “gained a little weight” while in quarantine. In one picture she replied to trolls by saying “My shorty told me that he like it like that.”

Hours later, Cardi followed up her posts with a bikini video where she hit back at trolls for editing the Target images.

Still upholding her good sense of humor, Cardi put the video on pause and let out a breath joking that she had been holding her stomach because she’d eaten breakfast, lunch, and had some ice cream. “I know y’all ain’t body-shaming me,” she said towards the end of the video. “Now, I know I gained a little weight…it doesn’t matter though, a bitch got lipo money. I got lipo money.”

Cardi has been transparent about the efforts she’s made to enhance her body via surgery in the past.

In May of last year, the rapper was at a performance at the Beale Street Music Festival, when she disclosed to fans that she had recently received liposuction surgery.

Later in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the rapper said that she wanted to be honest and open about her decision to undergo the surgery because she wanted “to explain to people how hard it is to process. I feel like people look at girls on Instagram and go, ‘Oh, they got their lipo done and it was so easy,”‘ she said. “It is just such a long, hard process, almost like the same process as after you give birth to a baby and you see your body change.”

She also took to Instagram Live last year to talk more about her decision to undergo the procedure telling fans about the difficulties involved with juggling recovery and a busy work schedule “I can’t even feel my body, shit hurts.”

A transparent queen with a sense of humor. Gotta love it!