Women Are Sharing Photos of Their Saggy Boobs to Make a Very Important Point
This story originally appeared on Shape.com.
You can be body-positive AF and still feel self-conscious about certain body parts or aspects of your body. Boobs (in all their forms) are a common and relatable theme. But one style blogger from London is here to help you to embrace your breasts—even if you have saggy boobs.
Chidera Eggerue (@theslumflower) is using her Instagram to encourage women to appreciate their bodies, especially when it comes to their unique set of breasts. Since 2019, she's been sharing photos of herself wearing fashion-forward outfits using the hashtag #saggyboobsmatter.
She started the campaign after realizing that there aren't many pictures of "real" breasts in the media. When you see cleavage-baring one-pieces or deep V-neck gowns on the red carpet, the boobs of the women wearing them are usually perky, round, and full—you rarely see very saggy boobs. But it's natural for women to have naturally saggy boobs or develop some sag in their breasts as they age or after having kids and breastfeeding. (Related: 5 Common Body Goals That Are Unrealistic)
Eggerue's 'gram is full of captions encouraging women to wear whatever they want, and to NGAF about what other people might think. Case in point: She posted about how to get a saggy boobs-appropriate outfit. "How to style saggy boobs: a tutorial step 1 - wear the damn outfit," Eggerue wrote alongside a photo of herself wearing a deep V-neck bodysuit. "Step 2 - remember not to care." (Did you know fat-shaming could be destroying your body?)
Women from around the world have shared how grateful they are for her candor, and are responding by sharing photos of their own using the #saggyboobsmatter hashtag.
"If you google 'saggy boobs,' you immediately find searches like 'how to fix saggy boobs' and 'what do men think of saggy boobs,'" said British model Joann Dherik who shared a pic. "That's actually really sad because it's the most normal thing in the world. I want to encourage people to love themselves; to be confident [in] who they are and how they look, and to normalize all the things that are seen as 'ugly.'"
"Shoutout to saggy boobs, small boobs, big boobs, no boobs, different sized boobs, fake boobs and never being defined by whatever kind of boobs we have," wrote plus-size blogger Brianna McDonnell.
A huge round of applause for these ladies for the reminder that the more we collectively normalize things like big, saggy boobs, the more people can feel confident in other parts of their bodies that don't meet society's mainstream standard of beauty.