This is episode number 29 of the Becoming Vibrant podcast and today we are talking about something that I went on a little rant about over on instagram live a few days prior: body image influencers.
Talking about body image has become a really popular thing to do on social media, and there are some big names making a full time income by posting photos of themselves with inspiring captions. Sounds like a wonderful thing, right?! Well, it is and it’s not.
When the biggest accounts talking about body image are thin women, it can ironically leave out the people who need the body positivity movement the most. In this episode, i’m talking about how it can be harmful for thin people to post about body image, but also how they can use their thin privilege to help others whose voices often don’t get listened to.
And if you are new around here, you might not recognize the lovely lady I am chatting with. That’s Kayla, my assistant who helps me with the episodes where I have something to say but I don’t wanna talk to a video of myself-- it’s just not as fun.
I’M MELANIE MAXWELL I am a confidence & empowerment coach. I guide women to work through self-doubt, shame, and struggle to build their self-worth and self-confidence.
I give women the easy-to-implement tools and strategies that they need to come out of their shells and unlock their inner confident AF badass woman so that they can live their most vibrant and fulfilling lives.
I am the host of the Becoming Vibrant podcast, where we talk about self-healing in all aspects— from body image to gut health to trauma and so much more. I am also a mama of two little girls who make my work extra meaningful. When I birthed my first baby girl, and watched her look at me and start to learn from me, I knew I had to invest in myself and learn how to boost my self-confidence and embody a confident woman so I could show my daughters how to do that for themselves too. I have conquered so many challenges in my life including the loss of a parent, depression, an eating disorder, bad body image, challenging pregnancies, severe postpartum depression, emotional eating, and financial problems. I’ve been at rock bottom. I learned so many skills and tools to pull myself up, first to survive, and then to really thrive.