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Meet the plus-size Japanese Instagram star leading a body-image revolution
Naomi Watanabe is big in Japan. Like over 5 million followers on Instagram, always on TV, and 2016 Vogue Japan Woman of the Year big. But in a country where the average woman is about 115 pounds, Watanabe stands out in other ways too.
“In Japan, a pretty skinny country in general, if there’s a 200-pound girl dancing, there’s a wow factor,” she told me via her translator before a recent show in New York. “Everyone is surprised.”
Glitter is impossibly difficult to remove from your body once it has latched itself on, but there’s an artist who wants you to slather it all over your butt.
The Gypsy Shrine team is comprised of professional face painters, body painters and hair stylists who create looks for various events, festivals, pop-up shops and bachelorette parties. Their aesthetic is eclectic, over-the-top and very shiny, i.e. perfect Instagram fodder.
A few days ago, I wrote two posts on fat acceptance and body positivity. I wrote about my personal experience with fat-shaming and diet culture, and the toll it has taken on my life. The response was overwhelming. Thousands of shares, hundreds of comments — a few write-ups about the post in major magazines. While there were quite a few assholes who showed up to make sure we all knew they hated fat people, the vast majority of responses were messages of love and understanding from other people of all sizes who have similarly struggled with the expectations of thinness that society places on us.
If you scroll through body positivity hashtags on Instagram, you’ll see a stream of body-positive images, words, and messages. But one Instagrammer, Lexie Louise (follow her at @soworthsaving), pointed out a commonality you might not have noticed: Most of the people posting about their bodies do so while minimally clothed or fully naked.
Let’s be clear: Loving your body is super important, so if posing for an Instagram a certain way helps you celebrate self-love, be confident and snap away. Louise, a 22-year-old student from New Jersey, took to Instagram to spread the word about body-positive bloggers who don’t always get as much attention.
Horror stories from within the modeling industry are all too common, but each time a new one comes out, it serves as an opportunity to highlight the change that needs to happen toward a healthier, more inclusive environment. It also provides an outlet for the brave women who share those stories.
Liza Golden-Bhojwani, a model who currently lives in India, has been in and out of the modeling industry over the years, most recently getting back to work in 2016. She recently shared harrowing side-by-side images of herself ― one from her first Fashion Week in 2012, and one from today.