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5 Body Positivity & Self-Love TikTok Creators You Need to Follow

Published on October 22, 2021

A woman looks at her phone and smiles because of body positivity on TikTok.

Despite the bad reputation it’s garnered over the years, social media isn’t always toxic. Platforms like Instagram and TikTok are just mediums at the end of the day, and while the algorithms can be, let’s say, questionable, there’s still plenty of room to use social media platforms for good. Many TikTok creators are using the medium to celebrate body positivity and spread messages of self-love.

In 2020, TikTok surpassed Facebook to become to the most popular social networking app in the world (thanks, quarantine), and we’ve all bore witness to the many wellness trends that have graced the airwaves since then.

While many of them have been silly, hilarious, or just downright stupid, some of them have been potentially healthy and constructive, which means they just might merit a closer look — Hot Girl Walk, we’re looking at you.

Tiktok Provides a Platform for Body Positivity

TikTok has been lauded by creators of all ages for its authenticity, candor and raw realness. Fatigued by overly curated and edited-to-the-max Instagram feeds, many social media users have been using TikTok as a breath of fresh air in a world where you can never quite tell what’s real. On TikTok, you can find people sharing personal stories from their weekends wearing hoodies and no makeup, crying into their phones about a breakup, or just dancing up a storm on a night out. (We’re partial to cute dog videos).

There are no rules on TikTok (well, maybe except the community guidelines enforced by the moderators), which is why many users feel so comfortable being their true selves on the app. For those celebrating body positivity, this has been especially beneficial, as people of all ages share the most intimate details about their struggles with body image and their path to self-love and emotional wellness.

5 Tiktok Creators Celebrating Body Positivity

While there is certainly a dark side to TikTok, if you can find your way to the true body positivity accounts, you just may find some solace and guidance from their messages. Here are five TikTok creators to check out if you’re looking for some empowering inspiration:

1. Chloe Xandria

Reminding us all that it’s more than okay to gain weight — especially during, you know, the most severe pandemic any of us will experience during our lifetimes — Chloe Xandria is a beautiful soul inside and out who creates inspiring content promoting body positivity on TikTok. As your self-proclaimed “midsize hype girl,” Chloe would be an excellent addition to your follow list if you’re aligned with the idea of normalizing, well, normal bodies.

2. Maleah Whitten

In this creative video, Maleah reminds us that we don’t have to believe our negative body thoughts. Although we may feel that others are constantly judging us and thinking the worst of us and our bodies, it’s usually just pain untrue. She reminds us that we have one life to live, and we need to enjoy it in the bodies we’re in now, not in some future state of so-called perfection.

3. Emily Rios

@itsemilyrios

Just wanna thank y’all for the love on the other video, never thought I would make this many people feel safe 🙈🥺 #selflove #bodypositivity

♬ оригінальний звук – Zlata Slow20

Emily Rios has created a beautiful safe space for all bodies through her profile on the app. In this TikTok video, we’re reminded that body positivity isn’t only for mid-sized or larger people — thin people are also often shamed for their bodies, which is never cool in our books. People should be loved and respected no matter what body they’re in, and that goes for people who fit conventional beauty standards, too.

4. Bougie Blu

@bougieblu

We fix crowns over on this page. Don’t let nobody dim your light not even yourself. #bodypositivity #ShadowAndBone #givethemthebody #ChipsGotTalent

♬ original sound – Caramel Jo

In case you’re in need of your daily dose of love and motivation, you can get it here — on Bougie Blue’s TikTok page. The beautiful creator reminds us that we’re all queens, and we should never dim our light for anyone.

5. Mikayla Nogueira

Hoping to get your body bikini ready for summer? It’s simple: put a bikini on your body. Makeup artist Mikayla Nogueira reminds us of this simple truth in her TikTok videos promoting body positivity, in which she shows off her gorgeous body and encourages us all to do the same, despite our perceived flaws and insecurities.

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The Author
Mackenzie Patterson is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. She enjoys long walks, iced coffee on tap, and discovering all the latest and greatest health and wellness trends.