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In a world where judgement and comparison are unfortunately unhelpful cornerstones, it can be hard to cultivate a strong sense of self and belief in who we are as true individuals and more importantly celebrate that uniqueness. These women are trailblazers in showing the world who they are, what they think and how having confidence in ourselves can be one of the most valuable routes to happiness. Give these amazing people a follow and see how they can inspire your own journey.
We’ve carefully curated the best voices for you to follow.
Abi Feltham is a content creator from London whose advocacy for addiction and mental health has led her to become an inspiration for many. Having struggled with alcoholism and mental health issues throughout her entire adult life, she finally got sober in 2020 and began her transformative journey. She now produces content that details the highs and lows of sobriety, recovery, and self-reflection, while her podcast "Recovery From Anything" features real life stories of survival and recovery shared by those who experienced them.
Anna Sweeney is a relational nutrition therapist and Registered Dietitian who has dedicated her career to helping humans to heal their relationships with food and body. She is a also chronically ill woman who is tired of the diet and wellness industries profiting from the suggestion that outsourcing body wisdom is the way to achieve health or wellbeing. Recognized globally as a leader in her field, Anna is decisive, a bit snarky, and passionate about transformational healing.
Sane Seven, is a distinguished international portrait photographer celebrated for her provocative yet empowering imagery. With a core focus on championing female narratives, her work has graced esteemed publications like The Times, The Sunday Times, Harper's Bazaar, and Vanity Fair. She actively challenges corporations to champion gender equality, pushing them to launch campaigns that foster a new standard for female representation. Her mission is to amplify the authenticity and diversity of female representation in the media, politics and advertising.
Ashley James is an incredibly talented DJ and TV Presenter and mum of two, Ashley has become an inspirational figure on social media; her quick-wit and authenticity have won her a legion of fans and an impressive social media following. She has been known to discuss important topics that are close to her heart such as feminist issues and women’s confidence. Ashley made headlines and sparked a national debate following appearances on both Jeremy Vine and Good Morning Britain, where she advocated the right for single women to have IVF on the NHS.
Katie Piper OBE is a best-selling author, philanthropist and one of Britain’s most inspirational broadcasters. Described as an ‘icon of her generation’, Katie secured her place in the nation’s hearts when she appeared on Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face. For over a decade, Katie has devoted her life to The Katie Piper Foundation to support those living with burns and scars. Katie has now helped over 4,000 burns survivors and has received numerous awards, accolades and doctorates for her work. Katie is a much-loved presenter of both day-time television and hard-hitting formats. Katie is a podcast host, has published ten-books, and is the face of iconic global brands. Katie is dedicated to removing the traditional stigma of beauty across the media and will continue to lead conversation promoting diversity, inclusion and acceptance across society. Katie has two-daughters, a husband and received her OBE for services to charity in 2022.
Nyome Nicholas-Williams is a prominent figure in the world of modeling and activism, tirelessly championing the cause of body equality and mental health awareness. Nyome's journey as a model and activist is characterized by her unapologetic dedication to creating a safe space for individuals of all body types and backgrounds. Her career has been punctuated with collaborations with renowned brands, including Dove, Adidas, Cult Beauty, and Lululemon.
In a watershed moment, Nyome Nicholas-Williams made headlines when her activism led to a significant shift in Instagram's nudity policy. This groundbreaking change came after Nyome spearheaded a viral protest that unveiled the platform's physical and racial biases embedded in its decency standards. Nyome's story is a testament to the power of activism and the ability of one individual to spark meaningful change on a global scale.
Self-love personal trainer, influencer and sexual health ambassador, Sophie Lait has a dedicated following across the internet with her advocacy for body acceptance. She has already partnered with brands like Gymshark, Lounge Underwear and Intimina.
Having featured on Glamour UK and Cosmopolitan UK for her empowering message for women about loving their bodies and more recently in an article with HEAT Magazine about self-care tips, Sophie’s inspirational messages for empowerment and body positivity are evident. Sophie has also modelled and been part of the influencer team at the women’s activewear brand, Bo+Tee. She is currently the host of her own self-love, wellness podcast on the Beyond App called “Setting the world to rights with Soph”.
Stephanie Yeboah is an author, an award-winning content creator and body image advocate who specialises in radical fat acceptance, building confidence and body neutrality.
Tara is a London based entrepreneur and content creator who specialises in all things women’s health and wellbeing. As well as running wellness retreats in Ibiza and having created a medically approved online guide about menstrual cycles, she talks openly about sex, relationships, feminism and being childfree by choice on her Instagram and TikTok channels (over the top of videos of her pole dancing).
Shannon Burns is a radio show host and content creator based out of Toronto. She hosts the midday show that airs on all Virgin Radio stations across Canada. She has interviewed artists like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Miley Cyrus. When she is not hosting her show or talking to celebs she can be found on Tiktok talking about celebs and sharing a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to work at a radio station. Shannon is passionate about bringing the LGBTQ+ community together by hosting queer events around Toronto and using her platform to discuss LGBTQ+ issues.
Saam Gatsheni is a fashion and self-love model and content creator. Her mission and purpose on the platform (Issathicknation) are to embody the woman she wished she had seen on social media and in the media at large - a woman who resembled her and unabashedly embraced self-love, expressing it boldly through fashion. In her formative years, Saam endured the pain of being bullied for her size while attending school. Her steadfast belief is that the ultimate accessory to any outfit is confidence, and she asserts that confidence blooms from the unwavering self-love that liberates one from the shackles of external judgments.
Jenni is a disabled content creator, model & public speaker who aims to educate people around chronic illness & disability. She also supports those living with similar conditions to herself with hacks and tips and encourages people to have more self confidence around their disability & mobility aids. She shares her experiences with both physical & mental illness to help others feel less alone in their struggles.
Image by Nicola Kosovic.
Chidera Eggerue, popularly known as ‘The Slumflower’ is an author and advocate who rose to popularity from her viral movement #SAGGYBOOBSMATTER in 2018. Since then, she has not only become a Number 1 Sunday Times Bestselling author with her first book WHAT A TIME TO BE ALONE - 3 years after it’s 2018 publication, but she’s also brought an important conversation about women’s bodies and autonomy to the forefront through her 2020 Channel 4 documentary ‘Bring Back the Bush’.
In 2021, Chidera starred in BBC2 Documentary ‘Womanhood’ where six famous women including Shirley Ballas and Sinitta, tackle some of the most hotly contested feminist issues. In 2022, she spoke at Cambridge University in support of sex work being compatible with feminism.
2023 saw the release of her much-awaited podcast ‘THE SLUMFLOWER HOUR’, where Chidera has created a ‘domain for disobedient women who date men’. Chidera remains adamant on using her presence and platform to encourage an image of Black women that doesn’t involve playing by the rules, but instead, doing it your way!
In November 2023, she will be releasing her brand new book: POCKET POWER FROM THE SLUMFLOWER.
Clara Holmes (@rollinfunky) is a fashion model, fashion & influencer/content creator, where she shares her passion for colourful fashion, fitness, travel adventures, girl about town lifestyle and disabled joy. She is also a public Speaker where she talks about self love, body positivity, and the importance of inclusion & representation in the fashion industry.
Joanna Kenny, a former beauty therapist, is recognized as an influencer who exudes a big sister's nurturing energy. She is dedicated to crafting content that she wished she had access to during her own upbringing. Joanna's mission involves challenging unrealistic beauty standards, dismantling societal taboos associated with mental health, and reshaping women's perceptions of themselves.
Her work has garnered attention from prominent publications and media outlets, including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Metro, ITV News, and Glamour.
Tanya uses her platform to raise awareness of living with endometriosis and her stoma bag. She breaks stereotypical body standards to show that all bodies should be represented, are beautiful and that our differences should be celebrated.
Big, bald and embracing it.
After two decades of hiding her alopecia, Laura now celebrates her differences.
Using her communications expertise, she confronts society’s unhealthy obsession with ‘beauty’ through speeches, diversity panels and creative collaborations.
Simply put, Laura is on a mission - no teen who looks or feels ‘different’ should be left to feel unrepresented or alone.
Sare Goldman, known as @thatgirlsare on Instagram, is an authentic and unapologetic woman dedicated to empowering others to embrace and love themselves as they are. Her mission revolves around ensuring that no woman ever feels alone, regardless of their body's appearance.
As a content creator, Sare focuses on promoting fat acceptance and raising awareness about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Additionally, she proudly identifies as queer, further amplifying her commitment to inclusivity and diversity.
Brianna (Bri) Campos (she/her), LPC, is a licensed mental health counselor based in New Jersey. As a body image educator and the founder of Body Image With Bri, she’s passionate about all things body image and practices through the lenses of Health at Every Size® and Intuitive Eating. Utilizing a weight-inclusive approach, she combines her clinical skills and lived experience to teach others how to maneuver through their own individual body image exploration. She specializes in body image education including her unique framework on body grief.
Danielle is an inspirational speaker, content creator, creative mind and mental health advocate looking to make a difference in the world and help people feel good about themselves.
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Bally is a plus size model, confidence lifestyle blogger, autism mum and advocate. She is also a Woman of Wonder Awards 2023 winner.
Claire Bowman is an ADHD advocate for women and the Neurodivergent community. She provides educational and humour through content, showing the realities around living with ADHD. Claire’s goal is to shed light on the Lost Girls of ADHD & create a supportive and uplifting community.
Tiwalola Ogunlesi is a globally recognised coach specialising in positive psychology, international speaker, author and the founder of Confident and Killing It. Confident and Killing It is a purpose driven organisation and community that wakes women up to their worth so they can be confident, unstoppable and dare to live the life they truly desire. Through engaging and practical workshops, media and coaching programmes, Tiwalola equips women with the tools they need to overcome fear and self-doubt, programme their minds for success and live out their biggest dreams. Her first book Confident and Killing It was published by HarperCollins in July 2022, to great acclaim.
Since starting in 2018 she's upskilled over 10,000 women across the world and delivered engaging experiences for brands and organisations such as Google, Meta, The Times, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Viacom CBS, Spotify, MG OMD, UN Women UK, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy and many more.
A two-time blood cancer survivor, Georgie Swallow shares her experience with life after cancer, menopause, mental health & body confidence to help empower people to embrace their bodies, know their normal & understand their health. She strives to educate and eradicate the stigma surrounding these topics to create open and safe conversations. whilst reminding people, they aren't alone. Her open and honest conversations have encouraged many women to feel comfortable not only speaking about their personal journeys but also how to manage recovery and feeling like themselves again.
Her inspiring story & work has caught the attention of many renowned brands, whilst also featuring in Glamour UK. She contributes to many cancer charities and has been in campaigns with Stand Up to Cancer, CoppaFeel!, Lounge’s ‘Feel Your Breast’ campaign & Cancer Research UK.
Known as the ‘Self-Love Hype Girl’ Bella Davis is an Australian based body acceptance content creator and writer. After struggling with an eating disorder from age 17-21 Bella Davis has used her Instagram account to share her recovery and journey to body acceptance. Bella has spoken openly about her insecurities around intimacy, weight gain and debunking body insecurities. She has used her platform to encourage others to embrace, accept and celebrate their bodies.
Bishamber Das is known worldwide for her contribution towards breaking stereotypical views of body image, especially amongst South Asian communities. Body neutrality is deeply embedded within her activism. She also recently shot her first North Indian film which is due to be released in the coming months internationally. In this film she represents the ‘average South Asian girl’ further breaking boundaries by being the first ‘plus size woman’ in a leading role. Alongside her work in the public eye she also serves as a Justice of Peace, making her the youngest Magistrate Judge in the United Kingdom to be appointed at just 22 years old.
Nelly London is a content creator who focuses on self acceptance and eating disorder recovery. She is passionate about how much there is so much to unlearn about our bodies, the way we see ourselves, the way we see food and how we simply exist in this world in our bodies and hopes to educate women on body acceptance.
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Michelle Elman is a five-board accredited life coach, broadcaster, and public speaker. Named as one of the most inspirational women in the UK, Michelle quickly established herself as the Queen of Boundaries. With a following of over 500,000, Michelle shares her experiences and expertise with an engaged audience who have followed Michelle’s journey and rise in popularity with pride. Michelle is a media and broadcast favourite - celebrated by the likes of Stylist, Glamour and Grazia. ITV daytime, BBC, The Telegraph, and The Guardian have shared Michelle’s wisdom and it’s no surprise that her message has gone global with love from The Today Show, Teen Vogue, E! News and MTV. With three best-selling books which changed the landscape of the mental health literary genre, Michelle’s newest release in August marked her debut as a children's book author. Cosmopolitan said it best by praising her writing as one of the best books on mental health that everyone should read.
Taryn Brumfitt is an award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author and internationally sought-after keynote speaker. She is the co-Executive Director of The Embrace Collective, founder of the Body Image Movement and director of the inspiring documentaries EMBRACE and EMBRACE KIDS. Recently named the 2023 Australian of the Year, she is a fiercely passionate advocate for social change and her message has reached more than 200 million people around the world.
Missy Modell is a viral content creator with a focus on amplifying women's issues through comedy and parody songs. She is also the founder of YES MAM Creative, an acclaimed creative consultancy specializing in mission-based brands and female thought leaders. Missy hosts the podcast "Sorry For Apologizing", in partnership with Rescripted. Her work has been featured in Refinery29, Teen Vogue, Bustle, Forbes, and more.
Kate Speer is a writer, TEDx speaker, creator-turned-entrepreneur, and renowned mental health advocate. Known for her brazen honesty and tireless work to de-stigmatize mental illness, she is on a mission to use business for good and address the teenage suicide epidemic head-on. After five years as the CEO of The Dogist where she scaled its audience to 5 million and built a fully-fledged social impact e-commerce company, she is taking a sabbatical to write her first memoir and plan her next venture. Kate shares her experiences with this transition and serious mental illness with her community of 175,000 on social media and substack each week.