Over the years I’ve done quite a few Instagram Round-ups. From Plus Size Fashion Bloggers to Black Travelistas I’ve shared some of my favorite sources of inspiration with you. I’m happy that I have an opportunity to look back and recognize that those lists weren’t inclusive or fat positive. Those lists could’ve been more racially and size diverse. I should have included people with different ability and mobility levels. It feels empowering to be able to acknowledge that today.
Here is my list of 14 Fat Positive Instagrammers to Follow but this list isn’t as inclusive as I wish it could be. There are plenty of marginalized fat people that deserve to be mentioned. I’m just not aware of them yet. I’ve been searching Instagram, saving profiles, and reading captions to compile this list. The research could go on forever, but the time to share these creators with you is now!
Stephanie Yeboah is the babe behind nerdabouttown, and if there was only one thing you should know. It would be that her twitter fingers stay ready! This fat positive Style & Lifestyle Blogger is a public speaker and self love advocate who just added author to her resume. Her first book Fattily Ever After: The Fat, Black Girls’ Guide to Living Life Unapologetically is now available for pre-order.
Yrfatfriend is an anonymous fat positive essayist. The self-described Fat, queer, white, cis lady helps us all examine our biases, fat and thin people alike. Essays like Who’s fat enough to be fat? show us what radical self acceptance looks like.
I’m lucky to say that I know Ratnadevi Manokaran. In the way I know many of my fellow fat activists, through social media, public support, and private messages. One thing that can’t be disputed is that Ratnadevi is an important voice in the Asian fat positive community. This boutique owner and boss babe is now a member of the prestigious TedX Talk community as well.
UK based Bee isn’t afraid to have difficult conversations. This poet has a way with words. On her blog she tackles topics ranging from going to the doctors about her eating disorder and being prescribed weight loss pills to anti-fatness in children’s media.
Sonalee is a Philadelphia based fat positive trauma therapist. She uses her platform to inform and educate, as well as empower. When I initially began to follow this profile I was sometimes shocked at the directness of Sonalee’s delivery. But I now see that my resistance was proof that I had more work to do as an advocate and activist.
Toni is a self-love advocate, sometimes blogger, and amputee. I learn so much from her honesty and candor especially regarding her leg. To be frank, her disability is none of my business. But the fact that she discusses it openly is so refreshing and educational. It’s absolutely not her responsibility to educate me or to share her successes and struggles. Following her on social media and having even a small glance into her life allows me to be more considerate and tolerant of the differences of others.
Liz Black is a fat positive Journalist, Blogger, Brand Consultant, Motivational Speaker, and friend. For the past two years she’s been a speaker at my annual Fat Camp. She has helped me understand what true vulnerability is. I was a fan of hers long before we were friends. She was one of my first examples of a fat activist and remains a guiding light within the community.
This inspiring profile is named after the book by Sonya Renee Taylor. It focuses on reposting uplifting fat positive quotes, illustrations, and information that reminds us to love ourselves unapologetically. I am inspired daily by things posted here and always find new profiles to follow.
Sarah Aziz is the Youtuber and hijabista behind this profile. Constantly on the go while turning heads in modest fashions, Sarah is a girl after my own heart. She’s making moves as a Malaysian model, collaborating with diverse brands in a way that encourages visibility and diversity.
UK based Disability and Plus Size Fashion Writer Sarah Alexander teaches me something daily. Not only do I love her black, white, and bright style aesthetic. Pieces like To The Guy That Commented ‘I’ve Always Wanted to Try a Chick in a Wheelchair’ remind me that sometimes you just gotta clap back!
Jazzmyne’s level of I-don’t-give-a-fuck-ness is GOALS! She is so uniquely and authentically herself with energy shines through the screen. From silly videos to serious advice I love seeing the world through her ever-changing eyeglasses.
Victoria Welsby is the Creator & Bestselling Author of Fierce Fatty. She’s also the boss babe behind BAM POW LIFE, which was an inspirational and motivational podcast, blog, vlog, and workshops. She has taken all of that magic and rebranded it as Fierce Fatty, which I love. This fat positive TEDx Speaker can be your personal mentor and guide you from self-hate, through body neutrality, and ultimately and hopefully to self-love. There is no shame in asking for help and I’ve learned so much from Victoria over the years.
Wanting someone to add A LOT of color to your feed? Faiza Tasnim is a fat fashion stylist with style to spare. Her lewks are eccentric and bold in the best way. Her personal style is a combination of modest and club kid with a rotation of hats and wigs to match.
These 14 humans deserve your time and attention, but there are millions more that deserve the same. So we’ll call this a starting point. A moment in time when I recognized the errors in my past and begin to look forward to future growth. Hopefully these people and their platforms will challenge and change you the way they have for me.