It can be incredibly hard to love your body.
In a society full of emphases on unrealistic perfection and assimilation and rigidly impossible standards, women are sent so many messages about what their bodies should be. Thick, but not too thick. Tall, but not too tall. It’s all just too damn much, and in the end, it creates a desire to impress everyone except yourself.
Maybe you’re struggling to learn how to love your body, no matter its shape, or maybe you’ve reached the peak of your body-positive journey. No matter what you’re at mentally or physically, it always helps for someone to understand your experience and encourage you to keep working. It’s empowering.
Here are 10 body-positive quotes that will help give you the extra push you may need.
“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” -Amy Bloom
“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” -Simone de Beauvoir
“Say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks. Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.
This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.” -Oprah Winfrey
“Your words have so much power. If every day you say, ‘I love you,’ if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.” -Ashley Graham
“How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? Take your time and your talent and figure out what you have to contribute to this world. And get over what the hell your butt looks like in those jeans!” -America Ferreira
“Don’t let your mind bully your body.” -June Tomaso Wood
“I think about my body as a tool to do the stuff I need to do, but not the be-all-end-all of my existence.” -Lena Dunham
“My confidence, I can’t set it and forget it — I didn’t find confidence one day and I was fine forever: I have to put it on as much as much as I have to put on lipstick. I have to go through this mantra of who I am and my value, and all of that makes me feel confident. My friends, my humor, all of that makes me feel confident. And I have to keep remembering it to stay confident.” -Gabourey Sidibe
“Make choices that are loving for yourself – with your diet, your relationships, and in speaking your loving truth – that are in alignment with what you want to be doing. When you see that in a person, you are seeing their passion and fulfillment, and that person feels good to you because they feel good to themselves. I know that I feel good and I think that comes across on stage; when I didn’t feel good before, I think that came across on stage.” -India Arie
“People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing you are the beholder.” -Salma Hayek