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Kathryn Lindsay
March 25, 2016 1:39 pm

We love it when a woman takes a stand for the most important of reasons: her right to feel comfortable in her own skin. All over the world, women are declaring that they won’t be held to society’s expectations for how they look, how much they weigh, or how they dress, and they’re using social media to spread the message far and wide.

These are some of many ladies who fought back against body shaming online and inspired us in oh-so-many ways:

Sara Petty

Sara Petty was tired of running into comments on Twitter that dictated what people of a certain weight should or shouldn’t wear, such as bikinis or leggings. As the blog Runway Riot explains, these kind of fashion “don’ts” are unwarranted and harmful, and Sara knows it. So she made a collage of herself breaking all these “rules” to prove just how ridiculous they are. The images of Sara posing next to these negative tweets are awesome — not just because she looks great, but also because she’s proudly comfortable in her body exactly the way it is.   

Cassey Ho

 

You may know Cassey Ho from her awesome YouTube channel, Blogilates. The trainer and YouTuber makes working out and getting in shape so much fun, but being on the Internet means she’s had her fair share of negative comments, about her body. In response, she made this incredibly touching video all about her body image, and what we see when we look in our mirrors. 

Lindsey Swift 

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When Lindsay Swift was on her run one morning, a man drove by in a van singing the song “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)” by Mika. This was anything but a compliment. The man was poking fun at her size and heckling her during her run. In response, she wrote this Facebook post, which completely shut him down, putting him in his place with her awesome body positivity.

Kerri Verna

Kerri Verna gives us an awesome reminder that while trolls can be hurtful, the only opinions that matter are our own.

Lena Dunham

In response to the saga that unfolded with Lena Dunham and an image of her that was used on the cover of Spanish magazine Tentaciones, she wrote an essay for Lenny Letter that explained her frustrations with not being able to recognize her own body, and announced that she would no longer appear in any photos that had been retouched.

Tamar Anitai

When writer Tamar Anitai noticed this passage about only people with flat stomachs being allowed to wear crop tops in an issue of O Magazine, she called the publication out on Instagram — and rightfully so. How is policing someone’s body empowering anyone?

Arlinda McIntosh

Fashion designer Arlinda of Sofistafunk had her own way of combatting this anti-crop top nonsense discovered by Bust.com: she posted a photo of herself looking AMAZING in one, and proved that fashion is for everyone.

Taryn Sisco and Megan Ellis

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Taryn and Mega, two Barre instructors from Maryland, opened up their own studio. Shortly after a feature appeared in the local paper, they were immediately shamed for their bodies. Someone mailed them an anonymous note calling them fat and saying they didn’t embody a healthy lifestyle, so the two women wrote an amazing blog post letting this person know just how wrong they were.

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