2013 has been a year of fashion triumphs and pitfalls, of changes and everlasting trends. Like other years past, body image has been a hot button topic in the fashion world, but with more women speaking out about health, body-positivity, and self-worth, there have been some major body image breakthroughs in 2013. The Huffington Post recently released a list of the 11 Body Image Heroes of 2013 – women that have broken the stereotypical beauty molds that the world of fashion seems to vehemently cling to.
I’ve written about model Jennie Runk before, and she tops the list for her body-positive outlook and message. In a piece for BBC, she says, “This is exactly the kind of thing I’ve always wanted to accomplish, showing women that it’s OK to be confident even if you’re not the popular notion of ‘perfect.’…There’s not need to glamorize one body type and slam another,” of how her fame has allowed her to inspire women to embrace their unique bodies.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence comes in second place as a “body image hero” for her uncompromising attitude about beauty and refusal to conform to industry beauty standards, regardless of her rising star. She has publicly stated her frustration with the pressure to look a certain way, saying “You have to see past it. You look how you look, you have to be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.”
Other women who are on the list of “body image heroes” include slam poet Lily Myers, singer/songwriter Mary Lambert, yoga instructor and blogger Trina Hall, actress Shailene Woodley, Elena Raouna, Kelsey Miller, health coach Golda Poretsky, and artists Sheila Pree Bright and Nickolay Lamm.
Who are your own body image heroes?