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5 Ways 2015 Was the Year of Body Positivity for Women Everywhere

December 15, 2015 2 min read

How 2015 has broken the body type barriers. The idea of what makes a woman beautiful has shifted throughout the years. From curvy in the '50s with Marilyn Monroe to skinny in the '90s with Kate Moss, it can be hard to keep up with societal standards. But today, strong and beautiful is overtaking the body image world, proving that all shapes and sizes are sexy and totally in. 5 ways 2015 was the year for body positivty Here are five reasons why 2015 broke body type barriers.

1. The famous ladies have taken charge.

serena williams Athletes like Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey and Serena Williams shined bright with their strong and fierce personalities in and out of the ring, on and off the court. Amy Schumer chose to embrace everything about herself, bringing to light the ridiculous body issues many of us have, and rising above them through her comedy.  People can't stop talking about her beauty from the inside out.

2. Social media highlights strong as the new sexy.

ronda rousey Take a glance at your Instagram or Pinterest feed and you'll notice that there are more images dedicated to "fitspo" than "thinspo." This is because people came to their senses and realized that being fit and looking healthy rises above being unhealthily thin. Brands are following suit with advertisements showing women looking strong. Lifting is now seen as a symbol of femininity. Women's defined abs, quads and arms are part of the curvy look that has people proud. In the words of Ronda Rousey, “Skinny girls look good in clothes, but fit chicks look good naked.”

3. Women aren't hiding their scars anymore.

chrissy teigen Women are embracing their personal beauty marks to empower others to rise above. Chrissy Teigen, for instance, took to Instagram to post her “stretchies,” which caused many people to do the same.

4. Women are standing up to the haters.

jennifer lawrence So many cruel people have made negative comments toward others behind a computer screen. Women such as Ariel Winter, Gigi Hadid and Jennifer Lawrence were able to shut down the haters. During a "Hunger Games" Q&A, Lawrence said, "You look like you look, and be comfortable. What are you going to do be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb […] I love to eat.”

5. In 2015, we discovered we love ourselves.

amy schumer We are finally learning to love what we see in the mirror, rather than dwell on it or alter it. When Amy Schumer posted a picture from her 2016 Pirelli Calendar shoot on her Instagram, she said "Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman." What woman or movement inspired you most in 2015? Source: Elite Daily [caption id="attachment_123228" align="alignnone" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption] [caption id="attachment_123230" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat logo @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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