There’s a new Instagram account on the block all about body positivity.
“Big deal,” you say. “There’s plenty of blogs about body positivity.” And you’d be right. But this one is a little special.
You see, this one was started by Jameela Jamil, a 32-year-old British actress best known for her role as Tahani on NBC's The Good Place. She acquired quite a bit of internet cred for her response to the despicable meme that was floating around a little while ago that attached a weight to each of the Kardashian-Jenners.
Jamil’s response was to take all the things that actually matter, place them on top of a selfie in the same font, and tell everyone just exactly what she feels about the metric system.
Actually, she’s British, so she probably loves the metric system. It’s the whole “measuring one’s mass” part that she really hates.
That particular image went viral, as things tend to do on the internet, and Jamil was flooded with positive responses from people all over the world.
"This post of mine started a mad wave of amazing women posting their own back to me in our revolution against shame and self-hatred over our looks, perpetuated by the media,” wrote Jamil on her Instagram account. “I have received thousands and they are too beautiful not to celebrate.”
So she decided to start her own Instagram account “for us to feel valuable and see how amazing we are and look beyond the flesh on our bones."
“I'm f---ing tired of seeing women just ignore what's amazing about them and their lives and their achievements, just because they don't have a bloody thigh gap,” wrote Jamil, referring to that gap that some slighter women have between their thighs while standing up. “The link is in my bio by please follow the account so we can start this revolution properly and make the fashion and media industry see how many of us are DONE with this s---."
And while the bulk of respondents have been women, there’s also a few men on the blog to remind everyone that men suffer from the same issue, albeit in a far less destructive and pervasive way.
So, if you’ve got a selfie kickin’ around and a bare minimum of photoshop skills, submit your own meme and celebrate the diversity that is you. It’s a perfect place to do it.