My Instagram feed is, in many ways, a collection of the things I value—a motley crew of cat videos, Anthropologie merchandise, and photos of friends living their best lives. It’s tempting to get caught up in this; I want my own tortoiseshell Exotic Shorthair cat to snuggle with, my own effortlessly bohemian chic living room to inhabit, and my own idyllic travel memories to look back on. Sometimes I need a reminder that I cannot, in fact, will into being some kind of 3-D printer that will render these perfectly curated images real or tangible.
I’m very much a part of the “highlight reel” culture. When sitting at a well-lit table in a coffee shop, I snap a photo. When wearing a particularly killer outfit, I sprint to a mirror to take a selfie. And when out with friends, I demand a group shot, or two, or three (or four because my roommate was being sassy about my obsession with Instagram and refused to smile in the first three.) This is partially born out of vanity, but it also stems from my desire to record every little beautiful moment I encounter—an inclination made dangerous only by my compulsion to share these moments with others and to ensure they’re captured perfectly before I do.
The effort I put toward performing my most interesting and picturesque life can get exhausting, or banal, or something. And when it does, I seek out profiles I might not otherwise follow—a metaphorical breath of fresh air in an my too-perfectly-crafted feed. These profiles—and, more specifically, their posts—remind me that it’s OK to look not totally flawless in every photo I take, or to act a little weird sometimes, or to be anything society might deem “imperfect.” Most of them are artists conceiving of bodies in new ways, and some are grassroots body-positive Instagrammers—but all of them provide necessary interludes in my otherwise homogeneous feed.
Here, 11 Instagrammers I followed this year when I needed a break from that whole “highlight reel” thing.
Imogen is recognized by many as one of the smartest voices in the Instagram body-positivity community. She tackles topics like disability, disordered eating, and weight gain/loss with the nuance and care they deserve, and her frank captions often push me to think more deeply about things.
Brock Elbank’s photography is nothing short of stunning. His sharply defined, starkly lit photos capture the multifaceted beauty of a person’s skin; his most recent portrait series focused on individuals with vitiligo, and the series before that highlighted people with freckles. Honestly, his work is so, so pretty, and I just love it when it pops up in my feed.
Summers VonHesse is a mother and wife who posts new NSFW photos almost every day. VonHesse doesn’t retouch her stuff—instead embracing her stretch marks and cellulite and the sex appeal that comes with them. I love looking at everything she uploads, because it’s just fucking cool to see someone owning her body and unapologetically sharing it with the world.
Kacy Johnson’s unique approach to body positivity involves her regularly shooting and sharing photos of women’s naked backs. Her work is beautiful, and it reminds me there are so many parts of my body that are wonderful and alluring—even the ones, like my back, that I don’t get to look at every day.
You might already be familiar with Cinta Tort Cartró; she went Instagram-viral earlier this year when she posted photos of women’s stretch marks traced in colorful paint. Her work goes way beyond that; she covers women’s bodies in all kinds of paint and glitter, and I’m just really into anything that conceptualizes the human form as art.
Kate. Speer. Is. SO. Charming. I interviewed her earlier this year, and she’s so honest, energetic, and unapologetically herself that I can’t help but smile when her silly photos, lively videos, or refreshingly down-to-earth captions pop up in my feed.
SELF’s beauty and style editor, Jessica Cruel, recently launched a side Instagram account, the Underlife Life, where she reviews indie lingerie for curvy women. This idea is so cool (and, frankly, necessary) that I couldn’t not follow her, and not just because she’s my coworker.
This Instagram account is just a series of naked butts. Just, like, straight-up. I think that’s awesome. And anything that normalizes nudity or the unretouched female form is a welcome addition to an Instagram feed. At least, it was a welcome addition to mine.
Michelle Elman is one of the body-positive Instagram activists that I’ve written about the most; she’s always sharing new perspectives on the movement or expanding it in interesting ways, and I love staying tapped in to everything she has going on.
Van de aarde (who prefers not to share her real name) isn’t explicitly body positive in her mission, but her work captures the inherent beauty of a lot of things society might deem “flawed.” I particularly love her portraits of naked bodies surrounded by flowers, or water, or toys, because the stretch marks and other so-called “imperfections” become incidental to the art rather than demanding the entire focus of the post.
Whether she’s covering stretch marks in glitter, transposing galaxies into lungs, or putting teeth inside eye sockets, Sara Shakeel’s collages force me to consider bodies in new ways. Though she hasn’t stated that she’s part of the body-positivity movement, her bio—“Each picture heals a part of me, and I hope it heals a part of you too”—suggests there’s something deeper at work here. Again, her work is thought-provoking and interesting, and I really love looking at it.
Source Article from https://www.self.com/story/instagrammers-to-follow-in-2017