by Michelle Martinez

Why you should have a body confidence role model

November 23, 2020 | Body Love

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"What if my body confidence role model changes their body?"

Maybe they lose a ton of weight. Maybe they get a boob job. Maybe they get butt implants or remove all their body hair, or get their lips done, etc. Sometimes the people we looked up to because of body relatability end up changing their bodies (which of course they are allowed to do).... but it can be challenging to process. Here's my advice for handling this situation if it happens:

10 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Body Confidence Inspiration

The following is a list of Instagram accounts that either feature a specific individual who would make an excellent body confidence role model (because he/she/they so visibly and vocally loves his/her/their body), OR feature a curated account meant to provide inspiration for people of a particular body type (e.g. @bigboysarecute). 

If you don't find any body confidence inspiration in these accounts, let me know and I'll find one for you!  It is so so important to know that there's at least one person out there who shares the thing you've felt insecure about, but who loves their body as it is -- and has probably created an amazing life for themselves in that body 😉 

#1 Sonya Renee Taylor

Author of The Body is Not an Apology

#2 Lizzo

Lizzo is the wildly talented singer/songwriter best known for hits like "Truth Hurts" and "Juice," and for being outspoken about her self-love and body-love journey, which are often woven into her lyrics.

#3 Kenzie Brenna

Motivational Speaker & Podcast host: Conversations with Kenzie

#4 Big Boys Are Cute

#5 Megan Jayne Crabbe

#6 Sylvia Mac

Sylvia Mac is a burn victim and diversity campaigner who has won the Wellness Warrior Award and Prime Minister Point of Light Award

#7 Iris Apfel

I have no idea how old this woman is, but her 1.6M followers get to be inspired her fabulous fashion as she lives her best, most eccentrically styled life.  I think basically everyone wants to be Iris when we grow up.

#8 Yvette Mari (AKA Evie)

Vitiligo model

#9 The Everyman Project

A visual conversation about diversity among men

#10 Gabi

Who am I forgetting??

Drop a comment below to share anyone YOU look up to as a body confidence role model, or help me continue to brainstorm more people to inspire others!

And if you didn't find a body confidence role model that resonates with you in this list, let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do to help 🙂

About the author, Michelle Martinez


With degrees in Psychology and Public Health, and VITA-certification as a Sex, Love, and Relationship Coach, Female Sexuality Coach, and Tantric Sex Coach, Michelle is on a mission to help women re-establish loving, pleasurable, and powerful relationships with their bodies and sexuality through mindfulness, tantra, and cultural change.

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