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10th October 2017

Body Confidence Icons LW Loves

 

Body confidence has become a key buzzword over the last few years, and for good reason. It's important for women to feel comfortable in their own skin because women should not be belittled and shamed for their DNA makeup. Today there are several body confidence bloggers and campaigns that have helped contribute to a change in perspective. Little Women takes a look at body confidence icons we love right now.

Mama Cāx

 Née Cacsmy Brutus aka Mama Cāx is a 27-year-old Haitian-American fashion/travel blogger, body activist and motivational speaker. Cāx was diagnosed with lung and bone cancer at 14 and given three weeks to live. Cāx survived and beat cancer. However, this came at a price - Cāx had her right leg amputated. Today Cāx walks with a prosthetic leg and two crutches.

Mama Cāx uses social media as a platform to talk about body positivity. But most importantly, dismantle the image and stigma of what people with disabilities should be or look like. Last year, Mama Cāx was invited to the White House to walk in the first-ever White House Fashion Show. The event celebrated inclusive design, assistive technology and prosthetics.

Cāx does not let her disability define her. She has gone from strength to strength to become the person she is today. An inspirational adult with a love for fashion and travel. Check out her website here to discover more.

Megan Jayne Crabbe

24-year-old Megan Jayne Crabbe aka bodyposipanda is from the UK and is a body positive blogger. Megan first began struggling with her body image at 5-years-old and was diagnosed at 14 with anorexia. It took two years for Megan to beat anorexia, sadly this morphed into a binge-eating disorder. Megan's recovery began when she discovered body positivity or "bopo".

In 2014, Megan started her bopo Instagram page. Megan's Instagram openly deals with her mental health and body image issues. Last month Megan wrote a book "Body Positive Power" which has since become a bestselling hit.

Megan embraces her belly rolls and cellulite and encourages others to do the same. She is ready for a bopo revolution. You can visit her website here for more inspiring blogs on bopo.

Harnaam Kaur

 Harnaam was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome at 12-years-old. From that day forward, Harnaam has had to deal with facial hair - a 12-year-olds worst nightmare. Harnaam spent her teenage years waxing, shaving, and plucking her beard to no avail. Eventually, Harnaam decided to grow her lady-beard with pride.

Today Harnaam is a model, life coach, body activist and anti-bullying activist. Harnaam is reclaiming her self-worth while paving a revolutionary road for a western society engrossed in physical insecurities and unattainable beauty standards.

For more inspirational bopo posts, follow Harnaam on Instagram @harnaamkaur

Shakira Akabusi

Personal trainer, athlete, mum and founder of StrongLikeMum. Shakira is challenging postnatal body positivity by shattering the stereotype associated with postnatal fitness. Shakira is empowering more mums to achieve their fitness goals.

In 2015, StrongLikeMum was born - a blog about Shakira's life postpartum. StrongLikeMum is a space for women to get all the information they need on how to balance fitness and motherhood. Shakira created a method that encourages women to reconnect with their body confidence postpartum.

Follow Shakira on Instagram @shakira.akabusi

Keah Brown

Keah Brown, a 25-year-old American journalist and disability advocate who suffers from cerebral palsy, is changing the way we perceive bopo. Bopo is not just about loving your body; it's about accepting it too. Keah is showing the world that disabilities do not define who you are through a simple hashtag.

#DisabledAndCute

On February 12th 2017, Keah created the hashtag #DisabledAndCute. The hashtag soon went viral on Twitter. A social movement for bopo and disabilities had begun. This hashtag celebrated Keah's new found confidence and journey to finally liking herself. The hashtag also helped other women celebrate their body confidence too.

Check out Keah's website here and Instagram @keah_maria to discover more.

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