13 Instagram Accounts to Help Your Body Confidence - Erin's Inside Job

13 Instagram Accounts to Help Your Body Confidence

Over the years, I’ve changed the types of accounts I follow on Instagram. One of the most popular content categories I now include is focused on body confidence, with a wide representation of bodies and sizes. When I was younger, I only took in content from those people I aspired to look like — thin, tan, white women — and in that process helped destroy my own self-image. These days, I love following people of all sizes and colors because it helps me learn and become more aware of other people in this world. I find that no matter what we look like, the warped concept of beauty in today’s society has affected both men and women in negative ways and it’s not until we get older (if even then) that we start to realize the damage that’s been inflicted.

If you’re in that group and need some help learning to love the person you are, I’ve put together some of my favorite Instagram accounts to help your body confidence (among other things). I KNOW that I’m missing more important accounts, so if there are any that have helped you, PLEASE leave them in the comments so that we can all follow along.

1. @ownitbabe

I’ve followed Rini for a couple years now — after writing my ebook on wellness and making sure to include her in my section of creators to follow. I love her openness about mental health and body image, which is something I really relate to. She’s also due with her first child in October, so it’s been fun following along with her perspectives on pregnancy and all the changes that come with that. She’s just a sweetheart and always willing to talk about things that have shaped the person she is today.

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A couple years ago, I surprise-visited my family for my dad’s 70th birthday party. The guests at the party hadn’t seen me since my wedding / my wedding photos, where I was teeny-tiny and starving. My worst nightmare at the time became reality that day, because almost none (!) of the guests asked how I was doing or what’s new in my life. Instead, they commented on my weight gain. Here are some of the highlights of comments I remember: “Look at you! You got so big!” “You have really, REALLY filled out! Married life, am I right?” “You have gotten some serious love handles since I last saw you! *pinches my hips with both hands*” “Looks like you’re really enjoying food these days huh!” “Can I squeeze by you? *pinches my hips again*” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yup. This really happened. 🙉 some of these comments were made by close family members, others by friends of my parents. I was absolutely baffled. I remember sneaking off to the restroom, locking myself in and crying by myself… I considered leaving the party after 30 minutes. It was b-r-u-t-a-l. 🙈 Mostly because I didn’t feel confident enough to stand up for myself at the time. I just took it and let it rip me apart. I felt helpless. If this happened today, it would have gone SO differently. I would have said something along the lines of “my body has been through a lot and I’d prefer if you didn’t make these kinds of comments. I’m disappointed that this is the first thing you had to comment on or that you even had to mention it at all” Boundaries are huge when it comes to unsolicited comments/advice on our bodies. If you are dealing with comments like that from family members, remember that your body is nobody’s business. 🙅🏻‍♀️ Nobody has the right to comment on it and please please please set clear boundaries if somebody does. Your body is enough and so are you. ❤️

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2. @thebirdspapaya

Since I interviewed Sarah for my mental health summit in 2019, she has BLOWN UP in a huge way with over 1 million followers. She’s incredibly open about her relationship with her body and how she went from being praised by others for the results of her (private) eating disorder to finally learning to accept and love the body she’s in. She shares stretch marks, pregnancy thoughts (she’s also currently pregnant), and everything in between to help increase body confidence. She’s a wonderful writer and also a huge advocate for others who may not fit the “stereotypical” image of beauty. I love how well she shows up to support other people.

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I was 16 the first time I taped my belly button. ⁣ ⁣ It was prom. ⁣ I was wearing a tight black dress, the only dress that I felt even remotely comfortable in. ⁣Black, concealing, safe. Problem was, you could see the shadow of my belly button. My deep, deep belly button. ⁣ ⁣ So, I taped it. ⁣ It didn’t work well, but it wouldn’t be my last attempt. ⁣ From duct tape to packing tape, I kept trying for one thing, a flat stomach… a concealed belly button, even if it wasn’t thin… just make it flat. ⁣ ⁣ I got pregnant at 20. ⁣ The entire time I waited for my belly button to pop. ⁣ Finally, a flat, yet curved stomach! ⁣ It never did. ⁣ And I carried that shame in every pregnancy. ⁣ ⁣ The B-shaped bump. ⁣ ⁣ When I lost weight it never left. So in photos I would hold the skin up to my boobs to display a flat stomach, or use my arm to hide and pull the skin to the side for the same cause. This was a posing tactic that made me feel more palatable, acceptable, presentable. ⁣ ⁣ Today and now is no different. I can hold my skin taut to showcase my rounded uterus, but like the rest of my days, pregnant or not… I have a belly button that runs deep. ⁣ ⁣ Sometimes I need to take a step back and think: ⁣ “Did I really just write an entire caption unearthing my shame about my… belly button?” ⁣ ⁣ Yet I honour those real true feelings, moments, and duct-tape-across-my-midsection memories. ⁣ I acknowledge the deep rooted body standards that took me there. ⁣ Finally, I laugh a little at myself and settle back into my body… tape-free, and shaped like a B.

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3. @balancingkat

Katia has been on her own journey with diet culture and shares a lot of helpful information of hers and others about the damages it does mentally and physically. The posts on her feed aren’t every day, but she shares a lot of helpful content in her stories like her anxiety to try out free personal training sessions at a local gym because of her appearance, despite the fact that she’s already run a marathon.

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39🎂 Advice from this elder millennial to my younger traveling souls: • Be proud enough of yourself to be your own hype person, and proudly, humbly accept the hype when someone hypes you. . •Some people will say, “You need a plan.” But there is nothing wrong with not knowing where you are going. . • Stop it. Stop that inner negative self talk. If you can squash a little out early, the less you’ll believe as you age. . • Call your guardian. This may be a birth parent, a surrogate parent, aunt/uncle, sister or brother from another mother. . • Of course not all of the days will be filled with magic that stun and amaze. But you will be surprised at the smiles you encounter along the way. . • Someone loves you. It may not feel like it, the dark times may make it feel even more like they don’t. But one person (I’m willing to bet more) loves you. Remember that when it gets dark. . • Don’t pay the haters no mind, because living is the best revenge. . I love you. You’re doing great, sweetie! – in health & happiness, your elder millennial, xoxo – Kat ✨ #balancingkat #eldermillennial

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4. @meg.boggs

Ugh, I love Meg. She’s incredible and such a strong force for women everywhere. She’s someone who stays active and physical, yet doesn’t conform to what people want to see from someone who consistently works out. People are very quick to assume that exercise = thinness, and I can tell you as a personal trainer that that’s not always the case. She’s so unapologetic when it comes to who she is and what she can do and I love her writing and her message. She (and I assume many others on this list) is constantly trolled and harassed with negative comments and I commend her for always showing up with her head held high.

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When I first began sharing images of my body on this platform, people began to call me irresponsible and dangerous. Amongst many other things.⁣ ⁣ But those always stuck with me. How irresponsible and dangerous it was for me to exist in my fatness.⁣ ⁣ It took me a long time to begin recognizing just what people were trying to say.⁣ ⁣ Be a good fatty.⁣ Prove your worth.⁣ But do it quietly.⁣ And only when your proof is tangible.⁣ Whatever you do, and however you do it, just make sure it surrounds your only purpose.⁣ The only purpose you’re allowed to have.⁣ To lose weight.⁣ Anything other than that, I hate you.⁣ You’re irresponsible.⁣ And your existence is dangerous.⁣ ⁣ It’s the same narrative over and over and over again.⁣ ⁣ The same toxic massaging that we are all meant to exist in bodies that look exactly the same. Without differences and characteristics that define our individualized beauty, which contrary to popular belief, we all have. I go through periods where I find myself frustrated beyond words on this platform. Struggling to push past the anxieties that once guided my life towards idealistic standards. I’m convinced that it’s an unfortunate roller coaster that I’ll always be forced to be on. As long as I’m fat, and as long as the world hates fat people. It’s really no wonder why so many choose to continue pursuing a thinner body when the only other option is to convince the world to stop hating you and completely disregarding your existence.⁣ ⁣ So, no. This is not irresponsible.⁣ It’s definitely not dangerous.⁣ Not a before. Not bravery.⁣ ⁣ This is just home.⁣ We all have one.⁣ Please stop trying to irresponsibly and dangerously convince women to burn theirs to the ground.

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5. @i_weigh

Founded by @jameelajamilofficial (who you should also follow), the i_weigh community is radically inclusive of everyone and everything. It’s amazing. Posts range from normalizing different bodies to defending LGBTQ+ rights to addressing mental health topics. This community is so important in addressing and amplifying topics that need to be destigmatized.

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You got this, and you are enough ❤️. ⠀ ⠀ “Every news outlet, tv show, public figure, politician, self help guru & magazine has an opinion on what we should be doing with our lives and how we should look doing it. AND WE BUY INTO IT! Why? Because that’s how society raised us. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ I don’t know who needs to hear this but you are perfect just as you are. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ You don’t need to follow some impossible set of rules to ‘become the best version of yourself.’ ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ You are already enough. You are already worthy of whatever you want from life. It’s your choice.”⠀ ⠀ An important reminder from @sherryivy_ 👏 #iweigh #bodyactivism #bodyneutrality #bodypositivity #embraceyourself

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6. @bodyposipanda

Megan is an author and content creator who has taken the internet by storm. She’s a bright and colorful ray of sunshine with over a million followers who show up to take in her content on body image, self-love, and acceptance of everyone. The way she writes is so mindful and inclusive of others that you can’t help but love her and learn from the information she puts out there.

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This jumpsuit doesn’t fit quite the same as it did last year. The way I see it, I could either: A. Allow my brain to fall into a spiral of self-blame, fuelled by a lifetime of fatphobic conditioning that tells us weight gain must ALWAYS be bad, ugly, unhealthy, and a moral failing that should be fixed immediately. Or… B. Choose myself over a piece of fabric. Recognise the “shit, what should I do about this?” thoughts for what they are: conditioning that takes daily practice not to fall into. Acknowledge that bodily changes are completely natural, and it’s perfectly okay for things like ageing, changes in routine, or global pandemics to result in things looking a little different. Thank my body for carrying me through those things. Then continue to listen to her, feed her intuitively, move her in ways that feel good, and accept whatever comes from taking care of her in that way. Oh, and also dress her in clothes with buttons that don’t go straight to struggle city as soon as we sit down. I choose option B. I choose myself over the piece of fabric, every time. 💜 • [Image description: two photos of Megan sitting on a cream and purple sofa (at Gemma’s house, obviously), wearing a pink leaf print jumpsuit that’s definitely a little tight round the middle. She’s wearing her pastel hair tied up in a bun with a real flower tucked into it. She’s smiling widely]

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7. @drjoshuawolrich

One thing that I love about this account is that he is an actual doctor, unlike so many influencers on Instagram these days trying to give out all kinds of information. He addresses things from a medical perspective, but also makes them understandable for the everyday person. He’s a huge advocate for body inclusivity and understands that weight gain or simply the weight that someone is is determined by a myriad of factors and can’t be boiled down to one reason. It’s a multifaceted issue, which is really refreshing to see someone understand in the medical profession. He calls out anyone who is purporting false or misleading health information and does it in such a wonderful way. The fact that he’s British may be one of the reasons. 🙂

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It’s about time this was on my feed again. Some of you have still never heard it quite like this and you most definitely should. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every couple of months I like to repost this. It’s important that this is reiterated. It matters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I get a lot of messages telling me long, mostly heartbreaking stories about how desperate you are to lose weight at any cost, even if it hurt you in the long run and actually worsened your health. My biggest wish is that more of you would truly come to believe that it is not your life’s purpose to do so. You are worth more than the number on the scales. Health is far more than just a number. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I spent a while trying to write a more eloquent caption; trying to explain in depth that even if your health DID improve it still wouldn’t mean it’s your life’s purpose, as your health is not only incredibly multifactorial but you are not defined by your health status… but it’s harder to express in an Instagram caption than you’d think, so that sentence will have to do for now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Save this post and remind yourself of it daily. Send it to a friend. Make it your wallpaper. Don’t let anyone dissuade you of its truth and importance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: image (without text) from Chris Madden Cartoons

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8. @katiesturino

One thing I love about Katie’s account is her #SuperSizeTheLook posts where she takes a conventionally thin celebrity and also shares a picture of her next to it where she is wearing a similarly-styled outfit. Many average-sized women (average in the U.S. is NOT a size 2 or 4) often feel that they can’t dress certain ways because they lack the body confidence, and Katie helps show how manageable it is to do so. She’s also outspoken about size inclusivity and body acceptance. Oh, and founder of the wonderful @megababe line which is featured in my anti-chafing products post.

9. @fitfatandallthat

Julia is an eating disorder recovery coach and does a great job of making her audience feel comfortable and accepted. She’s full of positive affirmations and normalizing every day bodies! Definitely follow if you’re looking for body confidence help.

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My gift is to help women come back. ⁣ ⁣ To come back to their bodies. ⁣ To come back to their confidence. ⁣ To come back to their knowing. ⁣ To come back to themselves. ⁣ ⁣ To know that everything they need, is within themselves. ⁣ To know that their worth isn’t surface level. ⁣ To know that their value has nothing to do with their bodies. ⁣ ⁣ To sit in their pain. ⁣ To sit in their vulnerability. ⁣ To stand in their power. ⁣ And to hold their hearts open. ⁣ ⁣ Its time to open yourself up. ⁣ It’s time to finally come back to yourself. ⁣ ⁣ Are you ready to come home? 🦋⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 📸: @orange_sunshines can’t wait to create again soon ✨

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10. @kenziebrenna

Kenzie shares a little bit about everything, but I love her posts on body image and mental health. She also shares a lot of funny posts, which helps to break up her feed, although everything she shares is really helpful. I’ve seen the way that she responds to negative comments with kindness and grace, and it helps me be a better person to others by reminding myself that hurt people hurt people. The post I’m sharing below is actually an example of a conversation (you’ll have to click through to see the other photos), and I’m blown away by the way she responds.

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first thing is first, not everyone can or should be having these conversations! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ i am incredibly privileged and when i have time and space in my heart to chat with people i do. it normally turns out good, this is a peek into a good one and sometimes it turns out bad. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ i want to add, marginalized people who go through harassment on a daily basis do not need to be doing this work! i take inspiration from the wonderful and beautiful @raindovemodel to be able to do this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ i will start sharing more of these conversations on here 🧡 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #kindnessiscontagious #kindnessismagic #selflove #selfcare 📸 – @aliciathurstonphotography

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11. @victoriamyers_

Victoria is just the sweetest. I had the privilege of being a guest on her Nourishing Women Podcast earlier in the year and the work she’s doing with women on body acceptance and intuitive eating is really helpful. She’s also a registered dietitian and mother to a sweet baby girl right about Miles’ age. Her posts are always bright and hopeful and she makes me smile.

12. @recoveryloveandcare

Jayne Mattingly is someone I’ve followed for awhile and her posts are always uplifting and inspiring. She wears many hats; among them, a food/body and eating disorder recovery coach. Definitely give her a follow if you’re looking for a lot of smiles and strength in one package.

13. @tiffanyima

I struggled to pick just one of Tiffany’s posts to share because they’re all so good. I also love that she has text overlays on a lot of them so it draws you in and makes her point (which is later expanded on in the caption) easily identifiable. She gets straight to the point and I love that. She’s definitely someone that I learn from and respect in this body confidence space.

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Listen boo, You don’t owe anyone thiness, beauty, or desirability. We’ve been taught both consciously and subconsciously that our existence is for someone else’s consumption. We’ve been taught that inherent value lies in our desirability. We’ve been taught that you have to make yourself more attractive by losing weight, and having beauty procedures done. But you don’t owe anyone that. We need to break down the message that value lies in how attractive you are. If you don’t like shaving your legs and don’t want to, don’t. If you prefer to keep your eyebrows all natural, do it. And if you love to do it all –wax, brows, make up, and nails…do it! Because none of those things define your worth and regardless, you and your body are valid.

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