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Breaking Down Body Boundaries

The end of the year is creeping closer, the summer days are getting hotter and Instagram is exploding with hashtags like #bikinibodyseason, #weightloss, #ketodiet and the list goes on and on. We commend all the ladies and guys out there trying to be fit and healthy, but with that being said, a lot of people are becoming depressed and anxious because the pressure to be a certain size in our society is immense. Body

Today we’re being 100% honest about what body positivity means to our favourite celebs and how you can learn to love your body just the way it is!

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Photoshop is such a normal and everyday thing and it’s giving a lot of us a misconception about the way that celebs’ bodies look and negatively influencing how we aspire to look. Don’t get me wrong, skinny doesn’t = unhealthy. Some of the most beautiful women, who are a size 6, are really healthy. They don’t follow fad diets or opt for quick fixes but instead are attentive about what goes into their bodies and dedicated in their fitness regimes. On a completely opposite scale, I’ve met women who are a size 14 and ten times fitter and healthier than someone who is “skinny”. So being curvy also doesn’t = unhealthy.

Our society has put women (and men), in categories based on our weight and the way we look and in the process created a misconception about what a healthy weight should or shouldn’t be. If you feel that during this time of year there is a lot of pressure on you about your body, don’t sweat it and read what some really inspiring men and women have to say!

Marciel Hopkins

She is a former Miss South Africa finalist, a successful model and a motivational speaker. I’ve been following her on Instagram for quite some time now, and in every little Insta-frame on her feed, she is glowing!

She promotes body positivity and she is the embodiment of a healthy woman. What makes her incredibly inspiring is that in one post you can see her working out, and in the very next she is unleashing her inner-foodie. She models for well-known brands and travels the world, and in the process, she is changing perceptions about what being healthy means and how healthy looks different on everyone. On body positivity, she says:

“Being body positive means that I can embrace the body that I am in today, without wanting to change and improve it all the time. It means I can focus on being healthy, instead of trying to live up to the world’s idea of ‘beautiful’.”

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Selena Gomez

Despite being an incredibly successful actress and producer, Selena Gomez has admitted to struggling with her self-confidence too. In an Instagram post in 2018, she had this to say:

“The beauty myth- an obsession with physical perfection that traps modern woman in an endless cycle of hopelessness, self consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of flawless beauty. I chose to take care of myself because I want to, not to prove anything to anyone.”

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Channing Tatum

We all saw Magic Mike and Channing Tatum’s abs along with it, but in a magazine interview, he admitted that it wasn’t a realistic, sustainable standard.

“My Magic Mike body lasts for about five days, like when we’re shooting. You time until that day and then lose it immediately.”

Ashley Graham

Curvaceous and proud! She is a full-time model and a television presenter. Recently, she also designed a collection for Marina Rinaldi which is a ready-to-wear, plus size women’s clothing brand. She advocates for the body-positivity movement and she says:

“The thing that I really want to promote and that I want women to understand is that it’s not about wanting something else; it’s about being self-assured about your size and also just loving your body.”

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Drake

Drake is getting in our feelings for using a lot of diverse women in terms of body sizes for his music videos, and in the process, he is breaking down the stigmas of what all women should look like.

There you have it guys and gals, if you want a bikini body all you need is:

A) A bikini and B) A body.

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Anzéll van der Merwe
Anzéll van der Merwe

BLOSS Youth Celebrity Editor

Anzéll Van Der Merwe is a third year Bcom Business Management student at the University of Pretoria and she works part-time as a Medical Administrator. She lived in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania for five years but is currently residing in Pretoria, South Africa. Her favourite hobby is reading because she loves the feeling of becoming a part of someone else's story. Her goal in life is to be the best version of herself every day, meaning that she aims to be happy with the outcome of things because she knows that she did her best. Her favourite quote is: "Life is not about who you once were. It's about who you have become and who you have the potential to be."

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