Women who advocate for body positivity are highly criticized for loving the way they look due to the idea that they promote unhealthy lifestyles. But what its critics don't understand is that the real meaning of the movement lies in embracing the diversity of body shapes and sizes and celebrating your own body along with everyone else's. So if you're up for women supporting women in amplifying the message, hit follow and let these inspiring ladies from Southeast Asia to show you what it truly means to be body positive.
After joining and winning Miss Top of the World Plus Size 2016 and being Singapore's first ever plus-sized beauty queen, Fiona Tan went ahead and organised her own pageants in Singapore. Her aim? To reach out to plus-size women and encourage a body-positive community to advocate the movement. Fiona clarifies that the pageant promotes body acceptance and health improvement, as opposed to losing weight to become a certain size. Follow worthy, admiration worthy!
Rani Dhaschainey & Ratna Manokaran
Nazirah "Nazz" Ashari
Nazirah Ashari, better known as 'Nazz' on the internet, is a digital influencer, well-known as a body-positive activist and a show correspondent on iFlix Originals series Coconut TV. She started out with a now-defunct blog called 'That Fat Tudung Party Girl' where she shared her journey to self-acceptance and improving self-esteem. Using her platforms to fight against cyberbullying, fat-shaming, and to show support on both mental and physical health, head over to her feed for fitspiration and just overall life positivity.
Danah & Stacy Gutierrez
After being a household name due to her stint in The Amazing Race, digital influencer Rona Samson-Tai is well known for promoting an active and inspirational lifestyle regardless of shape, size, colour, and gender. Her feed focuses on her happy lifestyle, her family (she has a baby-on-the-way!), celebrity friends, fabulous model shots, and breaking the stereotype that curvy people don't eat healthily and workout.
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