Growing up covered from head to toe with uncomfortable and unsightly patches of plaque psoriasis from the young age of 10 years old, the idea that I’d ever feel truly beautiful seemed impossible to me.
How could I possibly be beautiful when I looked that way and had people stare at me with total confusion and discomfort? How could I possibly be beautiful when I was being teased on a daily basis and everyone around me (including my family) had beautiful skin? I often felt that I was the exact opposite of beauty.
It wasn’t until I got older that I realized I wasn’t the only one who struggled with their beauty — far from it, in fact. Whether it was an acne flare-up, their two-toned flesh from vitiligo, or the constant fluctuation of their body size, it seemed as though everywhere I looked people were wondering whether or not they were beautiful.
Although I know that so many people still struggle with feeling beautiful, I’m grateful that we have more role models than ever who are helping all of us love the skin we’re in.
The best part?
They all have their own reasons for being passionate about the topic and are helping countless people feel beautiful — no matter what their body type, skin color, medical condition, or anything in between.
I could’ve named at least 100 people doing great work like this, but here are my five personal favorites who I really feel are making an impact with this conversation.
Stacy London, celebrity stylist and television host
I’ve been a fan of Stacy London for as long as I could say the word psoriasis. I never could’ve imagined that one day we’d be real-life psoria-sisters!
She’s been inspiring me (and millions of others) to accentuate the things that make me feel beautiful and own my truth by way of style. Stacy encourages us to let go of trying to follow the trend and just figure out how to follow your truth.
What do YOU feel best in? What makes YOU feel beautiful? And she does all of this in the most no-nonsense way I’ve ever seen.
Not only does she totally understand the ups and downs of dressing with a skin disease like psoriasis due to her own diagnosis, but she also speaks out about ageism and how to feel beautiful at every age.
I just love this woman, and I know you will, too! So if you aren’t already, be sure to follow Stacy London on Instagram.
Katie Willcox, founder of Healthy Is the New Skinny
I’ve been following Healthy Is the New Skinny for years now due to founder Katie Willcox’s unapologetic truth-telling and hilarious posts. She has a real ability to put things out in the open where weight loss is concerned, and it’s SO relatable.
I’ve always fluctuated with my weight, but when I found this Instagram account, I noticed I started to feel less alone. It helped me to really embrace my curves. With Katie’s emphasis on health versus size, you feel empowered and never shamed.
Deepica Mutyala, beauty influencer and founder of Live Tinted
OK, so it’s true that Deepica is a dear friend of mine. But I’m also a genuine fan and think she’s someone to follow if you want own-your-beauty realness.
Not only is she incredibly honest about the ups and downs in her own life (everything from battling depression to her dark under-eye circles), she has also created an entire platform dedicated to celebrating the differences within every race.
Glennon Doyle, author and public speaker
I had been hearing Glennon Doyle’s name long before I ever experienced her work firsthand. She’s made an incredible name for herself as a true Love Warrior.
What does that have to do with beauty? EVERYTHING.
Glennon’s ability to have us own our truth, messy parts, vulnerable areas, and everything in between is one of the most beautiful things we can do as human beings. She’s teaching millions of people across the globe how to be the kind of beautiful that lasts a lifetime: The kind of beautiful that comes from knowing you’re here for a reason, worthy and absolutely perfect just as you are. Gives me chills just to think about it. Follow Glennon Doyle on Instagram.
Chinae Alexander, fitness influencer
This woman is the definition of #LoveYourBodyGOALS, and it’s honestly helped me feel more comfortable in my skin just by following her. I met Chinae in person a few years ago, and we’ve been following each other online ever since. (Little does she know that every time she posts a shot of herself embracing her curves, unafraid to adorn herself in the boldest of outfits, calling out the reality that we’re all the same, I feel so inspired!)
She’s one of those influencers who’s been incredibly vocal about her body journey. Whether she’s the skinniest she’s ever been or not, she gets real about what’s always going on beyond the weight.
I also love the way she weaves her passion for being silly in and out of her business and partnerships. It’s refreshing to see her be so authentic while she continues to soar! Follow Chinae Alexander on Instagram.
So there you have it: just a few of my favorite people to follow on Instagram for support with loving the skin you’re in and embracing every curve along the way.
Whether it’s their bold personality, unwavering commitment to the truth, or willingness to be vulnerable with their own journey, each of these women will have you looking at beauty differently and will leave you inspired along the way.
Nitika Chopra is a beauty and lifestyle expert committed to spreading the power of self-care and the message of self-love. Living with psoriasis, she’s also the host of the “Naturally Beautiful” talk show. Connect with her on her website, Twitter, or Instagram.