Many people who carry extra weight on their bodies have stories to tell about problematic medical care. Maybe a medical issue was overlooked because of their weight. Perhaps a doctor prescribed losing weight as a solution to an issue that had nothing to do with being fat.
When Demi Moore's nude pregnancy photo in Vanity Fair came out, it was groundbreaking. We had never seen a woman's pregnant body presented in such a natural state (albeit, one that was heavily lighted and likely photoshopped.) Nowadays, Instagram has made it common for celebs to post photos of their uncovered growing bellies, but sometimes it feels like we're not seeing pregnancy for what it is. It isn't always beautiful, and you probably don't have a team of stylists following you around making sure everything is just right. You don't experience that magic "pregnancy glow" for nine months. It comes with stretch marks and weight gain, morning sickness, and melisma.
Many women experience the less-than-glamorous symptoms of pregnancy, and yet, we hardly ever see them. Supermodel Ashley Graham stripped off all the glamour and posted a nude photo of her pregnant body, celebrating all of the "imperfections" that come with growing a baby. Graham, who is pregnant with her first child with husband Justin Ervin, chose to present her body with child au natural, stretch marks and all.Graham posted the photo on Instagram five days after she announced her pregnancy. "Same same but a little different," she wrote in the caption.
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Cellulite is surprisingly common. It is believed that 85 to 98 percent of women carry around the subcutaneous fat. Genetics, lifestyle habits, and/or good old fashioned estrogen are at the root of that pesky puckered skin. It doesn't matter what dress size you wear. Cellulite happens. But even though it is very common, women spend time and money on creams and treatments trying to erase this "flaw."
Demi Lovato embraced her imperfections (if cellulite can even be called that, since it's so common), and posted an unedited photo on Instagram showing it off. In the photo, which was taken in Bora Bora, the singer is shown striking a powerful pose, wearing an animal print bikini, looking fierce with her cellulite is proudly on display.
Bikini season is upon us, and Mindy Kaling has something to say about it.
The actress, comedian, writer, and recent mother shared a post on Instagram, promoting body positivity and embracing everyone's 'right' to wear a bikini. The post showed two photos of Kaling absolutely slaying in a two-piece bikini, as well as a video in which she shared a story about how she came to realize that anyone should have the confidence to wear bikinis if they want.
The caption reads: "IDK who needs to hear this but…," she wrote. "WEAR A BIKINI IF YOU WANT TO WEAR A BIKINI. You don't have to be a size 0."
The accompanying video is of of Kaling talking about her experience in Hawaii, where she was inspired by the women of all body types who wore bikinis.
"My very best friend in the world, Jocelyn, is from Hawaii, and I would go and visit her when I was in college, and what I was struck about Hawaii is that everybody wears bikinis," she recounted. "It does not matter what your body type is. You rock a bikini cause you're in Hawaii. And there's so much body positivity there that I, who was always really shy about my body, would wear bikinis."
Kaling adds that she prefers high-waisted bottom bikinis, as they are more flattering for her figure, and encourages her followers to share their bikini pics with her.
Naturally, people were inspired by this uplifting message.
You heard her, bikini season is for everyone! See you at the pool.
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