(Mic) Women ignited the body-positivity movement on Instagram. Now men want in.
Published by Rachel Lubitz
As it stands, women remain the leaders of the body-positive movement. They’re sharing their stories. They’re talking about their bodies. They’re opening up about their relationships to their bodies and how society’s affected their self-esteem. They’re showing off their stretch marks. They’re uploading their cellulite.
And it’s all happening on Instagram.
Instagram has been both pivotal and critical in the popularization of the body-positive conversation. It’s on Instagram that women are being open about their bodies and writing these posts with encouraging BOPO messages and hashtags like #EveryBodyIsBeautiful and #BeautyBeyondSize. Without the platform, women like Tess Holliday, Ashley Graham and Iskra Lawrence would’ve had to find different outlets.
“I think we’re in a society where we learn so much more visually than ever before,” Troy Solomon, a plus-size male model who’s got more than 33,000 followers on his Instagram page @ABearNamedTroy, said in an interview. “Something like Instagram, it’s imperative to making any kind of progress in body positivity. We’ve seen how it’s catapulted the women’s movement.”