Doing Body Positivity Right

There is a lot to learn about the body positivity movement. Here are some accurate and helpful resources curated by Cris Santibañez, founder of the Fashion Icon Collective.

Difference between Body Positivity and Fat Acceptance


What is The Body Positive Movement


Essential Reading

The Body Positivity Movement Both Takes From and Erases Fat Black Women

How Body Positivity lost its true radical meaning

Why The Body Positivity Movement is Turning Some People Off

Let’s take body positivity back from brands

Differences between body positivity and fat acceptance

9 Signs that your body positivity could be more open minded

Podcast Recommendations



Book Recommendations




Some of Cris’s favorite fat baddies to follow

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Oshun☀️The Yoruba goddess of water, purity, fertility and love. I wanted to create a series of photos celebrating many things: beauty, vulnerability, my brown skin and all the little etchings, markings shades and make up the canvas of my skin. I painted my stretch marks using gorgeous metallic pigments to highlight their beauty. Dedicated to my friend @enamasiama who is the epitome of beauty and grace TBH. ☀️ • • Stretchmarks: @urbandecaycosmetics Naked Reloaded Palette • Face: Primer – @makeuprevolution // Foundation – @makeuprevolution foundation drops in F16 // Powder – @lauramercier Loose Setting Powder in Medium Deep // Blush – @maccosmeticsuk blush in Ambering Rose // Highlighter (cheek and nose) – @lush naked highlighter in Goldfinch • Eyes: @maybelline Colossal Kajal // @nyxcosmetics_uk Epic Ink Liner // @rimmellondonuk soft kohl eyeliner in pure white // Mascara – @itcosmeticsuki @itcosmeticspr Superhero Mascara • Brows – @urbandecaycosmetics brow blade • Lips: @maccosmeticsuk liner in Chestnut // @maccosmeticsuk Velvet Teddy lipstick // @rimmellondonuk Oh my Gloss lipgloss in glossaholic. • #makeup #beauty #oshun #yellowmakeup #effyourbeautystandards #stretchmarks #loveyourself #celebratemysize

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The Instagram Vs reality is real ⬅️😂 • I've spent a couple of days with some truly extraordinary humans at the @facebook Creator Day and felt a LOT of feelings: insecure (oh hey imposter syndrome), inspired, clueless and excited. But honestly, I've mostly felt grateful, and that starts and ends with you all reading this. I don't think I say it enough, but thank you for being here. Every part of who I am is grateful for you. 💜 • SO, how are you all? What's on your mind? What's inspired you lately? I'll do my best to reply to as many of you as possible tonight (and possibly into tomorrow!) 🐼 and hey if you don't feel like chatting, that's cool, I'm still just grateful you chose to be in this space in your own way. You're the best bunch of humans on the internet, no contest. 💜💙💚🌈🌞 • [Image description: Megan is sat on a floating chair attached to a backboard of pink clouds. She's wearing multi-coloured trousers, blue converse, a pink top and a turquoise dinosaur shaped bag. In the first picture she's smiling at the camera. In the second picture she's highly sceptical of the floating chair and her expression seems to say "oh lord what have I done"]

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i am my favorite canvas 💐 i could have done better but i did this whole look with 2 @katvondbeauty brow brushes and the superbrow pomades. i use what i have on hand. makeup is art and art involves any kind of medium-as long as it’s skin safe. next time i’ll do better. i’m wearing the new @dermalogica smoothing cream, @drjart luminizing primer, @colourpopcosmetics foundation (185) mixed with @milkmakeup blur foundation (toffee) @colourpopcosmetics concealer (46) and eyeshadow, brows are @katvondbeauty pencil with @colourpopcosmetics gel on top (in brown n black) and @fentybeauty gloss bomb on the lips. mascara is better than sex by @toofaced and highlight is lit by @milkmakeup ~ this is also in support of @dermalogica and their efforts to raise awareness on girls’ education #dermalogicaidg

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It's finally sunnyyyyyy 😎

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“Our inner dialogue, or as I like to call it “our inner critic”, is formed out of childhood trauma and/or difficult early life experiences. It is something we cannot control due to age and cognitive development, so as we grow up, our inner critic grows up with us. Those self critical and unkind thoughts sit in our subconscious mind, until we bring them into our awareness through therapy, self development or self healing. If unrecognised, our inner critic can manifest in painful ways and unwell behaviours”. ⭐️🖤 NEW POST, sponsored by @fableticseu and inspired by my participation in their #MeInRealLife campaign. Swipe up to read in my stories!! 📸 by @sarahellen_photography

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You decide what beauty is, not society… I am thrilled to announce that I have partnered with @dove on their global project, project #ShowUs because it embodies everything that I believe and stand for. Dove has taken action with Getty Images, Girlgaze and women around the world to create Project #ShowUs – the world’s largest stock photo library created by women and non-binary individuals to challenge beauty stereotypes by showing women as they are, not as others believe they should be.‬ ‪The aim of this project is to ensure that there’s enough diverse and inclusive photographs of women through media and advertising, don’t you hate it when you’re searching for pictures online and you have to end the search with “for dark skin” or “for plus size women”? It’s up to all of us to expand how we are portrayed. Check out the license and use the photos in Project #ShowUs for your next project or campaign at As a female photographer, this campaign is even more significant to me because every image licensed will support female photographers of the future and grow the photo library further, so that all media & advertisers can reflect the authentic experiences of women around the world. #YouCantBeWhatYouCantSee #RealBeauty #DoveWindows‬ #ShowUs #girlgaze #gettyimages

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Hasta la luna sabe que te amaba

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It’s not that I wouldn’t.

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⠀⠀ ✨Selena Top by @shopmexichica ✨

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Air 🌬

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I think the thing I love most about fashion is the experimentation. I struggle to define my "style" because it changes so frequently. I like to play around and dress for however I'm feeling. After years of avoiding trousers and jeans — largely because plus size women just aren't funnelled towards them at all (guessing it has something to do with myths about what is/isn't "flattering") — I'm really enjoying rediscovering denim. These @fashionnovacurve "super high waist skinnies" are so soft that they feel more like leggings & they pair well with all my favourite tees, like this @deepbreathscollective number. Comfort doesn't have to be boring, I'm learning. Use code XOMARIE for some cash off your next Fashion Nova order btw 💚🖤💜 . . . . . . . #plussize #plussizefashion #psfashion #psblogger #fashion #fashionblogger #fatty #fatbabe #fatpositive #bodypos #bodyimage #bodypositive #loveyourself #celebratemysize #alternativecurves #goldenconfidence

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