Top 100 in Wellness: Body Postivity Category

These 10 influencers are leading the revolution of self-love and acceptance

Body Positivity

We all come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and more—and these 10 ambassadors of self-love are here to help spread the word. Sharing messages of confidence, motivation, and inspiration, they are the voices that are changing the way we all see and accept ourselves.

Amy Purdy

Amy Purdy
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Amy Purdy is the only double-leg amputee competing in snowboarding at the world-class level. But it is her boundless energy, resilience, and positive outlook that make her remarkable. She has broken down barriers in the film, music, and entertainment industry and inspires others at speaking engagements and in her book On My Own Two Feet

Kady Lafferty

Kady Lafferty
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Kady Lafferty’s Big Booty Yoga brings a celebration of movement to people of all shapes and sizes. Lafferty, a former social worker, teaches yoga classes, workshops, retreats, and activism events to encourage each person to love themselves unconditionally and to use a positive mindset to conquer the world.

"Kady brings body positivity to a movement that mostly showcases tall, lean models. She also has open opinions and is a radical force in the movement for bigger bodies." - Tara Laferrara, Verywell Judge

Cassey Ho

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As a Pilates instructor, celebrated fitness guru, top-ranked YouTuber, and healthy living influencer, Cassey Ho inspires her audience to love their bodies for what they can do today. She has created unique workouts, including POP Pilates—a unique music-inspired movement method—to help her followers get motivated and fit. Her best-selling book, Hot Body Year Round, is a guide to transform your body and your mindset to become your healthiest, happiest self. 

Anuscha Rees

Anuscha Rees
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Anuschka Rees is an accomplished self-help author. Her most recent book, Beyond Beautiful, exposes today's looks-obsessed world and helps women navigate the construct of body image through a practical, feminist, research-backed, and no-BS lens. As a self-described recovering serial-dieter and beauty-fanatic, she addresses concepts like cultural pressure, confidence, aging phobia, and more and how they play on the insecurities of women to keep them from living their best lives.

"Anuscha has taken the body neutrality message to the masses and continues to change the dialogue around how/why we focus on appearance as a society, how this plays into diet culture and sexism, and how we can move forward in a healthier way." - Willow Jarush, Verywell Judge

Jessalyn Stanley

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Jessamyn Stanley is a body-positivity boss with a mission to break down barriers about beauty and image. In her invigorating vinyasa classes, she challenges her students to focus on how they feel rather than how they look. She sets an example for others to live bold, brave, self-affirming lives on Instagram, through her blog, and in her teaching practice. 

Britney

Brittney
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In her FittyBritttty blog and Instagram, Britney shares the story of her weight loss journey along with fitness tips, cooking hacks, and lifestyle advice to help her followers find their own path to wellness. She unabashedly shares struggles and celebrates her successes to help others feel playful, empowered, and inspired to get healthy.

"Britney teaches women to love their bodies in every shape and every way. She’s a lover and a bright beam of positivity in every post." - Tara Laferrara, Verywell Judge

Jameela Jamil

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Jameela Jamil has launched a radical inclusivity revolution to banish shame so that no one feels alone. This actress, radio host, model, writer, I Weigh founder, and self-described feminist-in-progress promotes body neutrality and an anti-diet mindset. Jamil was also included in British Vogue’s Forces for Change 2019 cover story and was awarded "Advocate of the Year" by the Ehlers-Danlos Society for her work promoting mental health awareness and patient support.

Betty Rocker

Betty Rocker
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Bree Argetsinger, also known as “The Betty Rocker,” brings a rebellious spirit and solid credentials to the world of fitness and health. As a cookbook author and the founder of Rock Your Life, an online fitness studio, she provides workouts, fitness advice, and nutritious recipes, to a community of empowered followers. She encourages us to face challenges and make healthy choices to build inner strength. 

"Betty Rocker shares helpful fitness tips and exercises, but she also focuses on body positivity. She shares realistic information and images and talks about the importance of loving your body." - Amy Morin, Verywell Judge

Megan Jayne Crabbe

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Megan Jayne Crabbe is the author of Body Positive Power, a book that celebrates living a full, abundant life, free from perfectionist ideals. On her website and through social media, she promotes intuitive eating, bikini body confidence, and recovery from eating disorders while doing her best to banish fat-phobia, size prejudice, and blatant diet-industry BS.

Saggy Sara

Saggy Sara
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Saggy Sara, also known as Sara Puhto, dares to show her followers the difference between Instagram fantasy and fact-based reality. Her bold side-by-side photos reveal the truth behind the posed, filtered photos we see online. By promoting her own cheeky confidence, she helps others feel good about their often curvy, sometimes saggy, imperfect, beautiful bodies.

"Social media bombards us with pictures of people looking amazing. Saggy Sara shows us what we see online is not the reality. She's great at showing how unedited and unscripted can be even more beautiful than posed and polished." - Rachel Gurevich, Verywell Judge

Our Methodology

We polled the Verywell community to understand what categories in the ever-growing world of wellness actually interest them the most. After the final top 10 categories were identified, we then turned to our expert judges—comprised of leading voices in the fields of nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, and more—to nominate 10 trailblazers within each of the 10 categories who deserve to be recognized for their pioneering efforts in promoting healthy lifestyle messages. Our highly-skilled editorial team reviewed all submissions, filling in any gaps along the way. We landed on a list of 100 leaders who we believe not only epitomize what wellness is today but who are also paving the way as the definition continues to evolve.

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