Over the past few years, the term “body positivity” has taken social media by storm.
The body positive movement aims to encourage people to embrace their bodies, with the end goal of improving mental wellbeing. Sounds great, right? We’re totally onboard with the “body posi” movement. So, without further ado, here are seven British YouTubers who are all about spreading self love!
Melanie Murphy has made a number of videos over the past couple of years sharing her weight loss journey and her experience with eating disorders. Growing up, Melanie struggled with her weight, and now she uses her life experience (and profound wisdom) to create content that informs viewers about the healthy ways to lose weight, stay fit and gain body confidence.
Melanie always makes a point of saying that we have only one life and one body – we’re not on this earth forever. She inspires us all and reminds us that we shouldn’t waste all of our energy on our outer shells. She tell us that are looks are only a small part of ourselves and that we should let our personalities shine.
Wise words, Melanie. Wise words.
Louise Pentland has made many videos discussing self confidence in one way or another. She’s mentioned in the past that she sees body confidence as a scale, which, at some point, we’ll all see go up and down; we’ll all experience different levels of body confidence at different points in our lives – and that’s normal.
Louise’s body posi videos are filled to the brim with tips on how to improve our confidence, and we love them because they come from the perspective of someone who’s dealt with body confidence issues in the past, which means she knows exactly what we’re going through. She tells us that, no matter what our bodies look like, it’s always possible to love ourselves and that it isn’t arrogant to have a positive opinion of the way we look.
Hey, if we’ve got it, we might as well flaunt it!
Jimmy Hill‘s A message to boys who hate their body expresses his feelings on the matter, as well as his own experiences with body image and body confidence. Jimmy tells us that from age 12 he struggled with low self-esteem and confidence and that, as a teenager, he found it far too easy to compare himself to others. (We know the feeling.) In fact, the affect it had on his confidence forced him into a shell.
However, despite these feelings, Jimmy reminds us that our bodies don’t define us. He also tells us that with age comes confidence, which is a very comforting fact. We should focus on our personalities and work toward being the people we want to be.
Super insightful stuff, if you ask us.
Grace Mandeville has made a number of humorous, yet sarcastic videos addressing questions about living with one hand. In one of the older videos on her and her sister’s channel, she discusses what it’s like being born with one hand and how her life hardly differs from those of others. She lets us know that she’s used to being looked at in public, but admits that it’s something different and people are going to be curious – and that’s okay.
Grace has said that having one hand has made her who she is today, and we think that’s so admirable. She’s got some serious girl power – you go, girl!
Niki & Sammy Albon
Niki and Sammy Albon have made several videos explaining their weight loss journey. The twins say they make these types of videos to give viewers someone to look up to – to help people who feel stuck, lost and sad in their current situation.
The pair aren’t ashamed of their past and they admit that it makes them who they are today, which we think is wonderful. Their videos on body confidence teach us that perseverance is key, and that if we really want something, we need stick at it. The twins say that, no matter what you look like, some people will always try and bring you down. A harsh truth, but something we should all remember when we’re feeling down.
We think one of the most important things the twins have said regarding body confidence is, “If you’re happy, that’s what matters.” Would someone be able to print that on a t-shirt for us?
Bethan Leadley has a collection of body image videos on her channel, sharing her own journey with body confidence. Since Bethan was 16, she’s experienced issues with self-confidence, and her videos showcase how she came to terms with her body shape.
Bethan uses her social media platforms to encourage others to love themselves and reminds us that, no matter who we are, our bodies are constantly changing. Her videos teach us the importance of needing to look after our bodies and give them what they want, and we love her for it!
We’re feeling the self love, are you?
We love that these guys are using their channels to spread positivity. In a world where society and the media are placing more scrutiny on body image than ever, it’s nice to be reminded that how we look is only a sliver of what makes us the beautiful people we are.
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