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13 Body-Positive Quotes That Remind Us That All Bodies Are Beautiful

The Healthy Logo By Lauren Cahn of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 14: The body positivity movement, which seeks to challenge one-size-fits-all beauty ideals, has been gaining momentum as far back as the 19th century, when "dress reform" sought to free women, literally, from their corsets. And while unrealistic beauty standards have been around just as long (or even longer), the rise of television, advertising campaigns, and social media mean people can now get the message in a thousand different ways that they are somehow not enough. It's no surprise that this can eventually be harmful to your physical, mental, and emotional health. The good news is that social media has also helped to shift the lens from body obsession to body positivity with hashtags like #bodypositivity and #bopo to increase feelings of body appreciation and acceptance. "It's so important for role models to send out body-positive messages to counterbalance all of the other messages that we receive informing us of the opposite, whether that be on social media, in conversations with our family and friends, and more," says Melanie Shmois, a cognitive behavioral therapist at Western Reserve Counseling in Avon Lake, Ohio. "Role models sharing how they love their bodies is empowering," she adds, and the truth more of it is needed. It's not just body-positive photographs showing celebrities celebrating their imperfections that can help, but also body-positive quotes and words of wisdom to remind men and women to celebrate how they look, however they look. Get inspired with these body-positive quotes that may help you better appreciate the body you're in.

Why is body positivity so important?

The body positivity movement, which seeks to challenge one-size-fits-all beauty ideals, has been gaining momentum as far back as the 19th century, when "dress reform" sought to free women, literally, from their corsets. And while unrealistic beauty standards have been around just as long (or even longer), the rise of television, advertising campaigns, and social media mean people can now get the message in a thousand different ways that they are somehow not enough.

It's no surprise that this can eventually be harmful to your physical, mental, and emotional health. The good news is that social media has also helped to shift the lens from body obsession to body positivity with hashtags like #bodypositivity and #bopo to increase feelings of body appreciation and acceptance.

"It's so important for role models to send out body-positive messages to counterbalance all of the other messages that we receive informing us of the opposite, whether that be on social media, in conversations with our family and friends, and more," says Melanie Shmois, a cognitive behavioral therapist at Western Reserve Counseling in Avon Lake, Ohio. "Role models sharing how they love their bodies is empowering," she adds, and the truth more of it is needed. It's not just body-positive photographs showing celebrities celebrating their imperfections that can help, but also body-positive quotes and words of wisdom to remind men and women to celebrate how they look, however they look.

Get inspired with these body-positive quotes that may help you better appreciate the body you're in.

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