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21 Books, Shows, And Other Media That Can Improve Your Body Image

People reveal the books, shows, blogs, and more that helped them learn to love themselves.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what accessible things helped them to accept their bodies. Here's what they told us about changing their media, and changing their life.

1. "I read the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld."

"They're great books in their own right, but they also drive home the point that being pretty is kind of useless on it's own, and that our 'faults' are what make us special and connect us to our ancestry. That really spoke to 16-year-old me, and I've never really worried about my appearance since. I'm happy being me, and I'm awesome for 1,000 things more important than how I look." — Tanya Fecteau, Facebook

2. "I started my Tumblr, Love Your Lovely Body."

"I aimed to improve my own self-image, as well as to encourage others of all ages, genders, sizes, and physical abilities to love their lovely bodies. I posted uplifting images and videos, and shared my own and others' submitted stories, and views on body shaming. I immersed myself until I loved myself the way I should. I would encourage anyone to immerse themselves in the body-positive community, because seeing other people's radical body love helps you find your own." — cuteyjaime0
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"I aimed to improve my own self-image, as well as to encourage others of all ages, genders, sizes, and physical abilities to love their lovely bodies. I posted uplifting images and videos, and shared my own and others' submitted stories, and views on body shaming. I immersed myself until I loved myself the way I should. I would encourage anyone to immerse themselves in the body-positive community, because seeing other people's radical body love helps you find your own." — cuteyjaime0

3. "I sought out fat-positive friends on my social media feeds."

"Having confident friends who loved their bodies made me feel more confident about my own. My weight goes in waves, and they've helped me to love my body no matter what. Being thinner, thicker, or fat doesn't change who I am." — Amber Miller, Facebook

4. "I watched shows like New Girl and Parks and Recreation."

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"Weight isn't an issue; the characters just have fun, fall in love, and let themselves be weird all the time." — gracel46a87289

5. "I learned about Beauty Redefined."

"It's a foundation run by twin sisters with PhDs in media and body image, whose words I've held onto through 30+ pounds of weight gain and loss. My weight is not a destination; how I respect and love my body is more important. I enjoy looking and feeling good, but my worth is not based on what is reflected back in the mirror." — Megan Allen, Facebook

6. "I read The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf."

"This book does an excellent job of explaining why women are conditioned to focus on their appearance so much, and how it's a part of the backlash against feminism." — Ayoola M. White, Facebook
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"This book does an excellent job of explaining why women are conditioned to focus on their appearance so much, and how it's a part of the backlash against feminism." — Ayoola M. White, Facebook

7. "I heard the truth about fashion magazines."

"My priest had a stack of magazines and plastic surgery ads, and he started tearing them up. He said, 'These people are constantly telling you that you aren't enough as you are. They say you are imperfect, but you aren't. Every last one of you is perfect exactly as you are, so don't swallow these lies anymore. You are beautiful, you are unique, and you are loved.' That was the turning point at which I decided to start loving who I was, and stop hating myself because society says I should." — Nicola Bennett, Facebook

8. "I watched YouTubers like Loey Lane, Sarah Rae Vargas, and Kendall Rae."

"They're all lovely plus-size girls, and they always preach body acceptance! They've helped me to really love myself." — Avaelizabeth22

9. "And Tyler Oakley, danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil."

"They're all so confident with themselves, and they've really helped me realize that I need to be happy with myself!" — cyrenar

10. "I looked into Healthy is the New Skinny."

"I found their Instagram, which lead me to their website, where I learned about their mission of prioritizing mental health and positivity, and helping people look past their bodies and into their souls. What they're doing is so important!" — Haleyh109

11. "I created the @body_positive_ileostomy Instagram."

"I've never seen anyone like me on social media before, so I decided to change that. Now I'm learning a whole new way of loving and appreciating my body, and I hope I can help other people in a similar position!" — katyh419728254
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"I've never seen anyone like me on social media before, so I decided to change that. Now I'm learning a whole new way of loving and appreciating my body, and I hope I can help other people in a similar position!" — katyh419728254

12. "I watched RuPaul's Drag Race."

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"Seeing queens of all sizes go out there with no shame in showing off their 'curves and swerves,' as Latrice Royale would say, made me feel confident enough to do so myself." — erikahelen

13. "I got pickier about what I look at and engage with on social media."

"Social media is often thought of as something that promotes unhealthy body image, but I seek out people of all shapes, sizes, colors, and body types, and I've benefitted from their body positivity. It's brought about a fundamental change in the way I think and talk about my body, and I am so grateful." — j4c96a497e

14. "I saw Jennifer Lopez and her big, bad butt."

"I grew up during the 'heroin chic' phase of fashion, and didn't see successful curvy people in media until I was 35. Between that and my father putting my mom down for her size, I wasted so much time hating myself. Please, mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers, I beg of you — do not let your daughters wait until it's too late to teach them how wonderful they really are." — Cambria Lynn Jenkins, Facebook
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"I grew up during the 'heroin chic' phase of fashion, and didn't see successful curvy people in media until I was 35. Between that and my father putting my mom down for her size, I wasted so much time hating myself. Please, mothers, sisters, aunts and grandmothers, I beg of you — do not let your daughters wait until it's too late to teach them how wonderful they really are." — Cambria Lynn Jenkins, Facebook

15. "And people like Jennifer Hudson and Melissa McCarthy."

"Growing up as a bigger, taller girl with smaller peers, it took a long time for me to realize that the world was populated by a lot more than model-esque women. I felt like a horrible outlier for the longest time, but when I started seeing woman like me onscreen, I realized that I wasn't the problem — the expectations I had internalized were." — angelas63

16. "I followed Sheriff Donna Hascum's storyline on Supernatural."

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"She's a character whose husband left her because she was fat. In the show they take time to work through her insecurity. It's kind of weird, and I still struggle with body image sometimes, but she really helped me." — Emmali

17. "I tuned into Blogilates."

"Casey is so positive, and after I finish her exercises, I feel like I have made serious strides in becoming healthier and stronger. Her recipes are also wonderful, without the concern of dropping 15 pounds overnight. I always feel really good about myself after finishing one of her videos." — Catherine Zaegel, Facebook
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"Casey is so positive, and after I finish her exercises, I feel like I have made serious strides in becoming healthier and stronger. Her recipes are also wonderful, without the concern of dropping 15 pounds overnight. I always feel really good about myself after finishing one of her videos." — Catherine Zaegel, Facebook

18. "I unfollowed accounts on Instagram that made me feel uncomfortable about my body."

"I don't need to see photos of unattainable body types captioned 'body goals' underneath." — mynare

19. "I read Intuitive Eating."

"My nutritionist gave me this book, which I can't recommend enough if you've struggled with a disordered food or body relationship. The method they endorse is a leap of faith, but after years of an eating disorder and body image issues, I honestly could not feel freer in my body or get more joy from eating and exercise." — carrieh46c2a4b7d
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"My nutritionist gave me this book, which I can't recommend enough if you've struggled with a disordered food or body relationship. The method they endorse is a leap of faith, but after years of an eating disorder and body image issues, I honestly could not feel freer in my body or get more joy from eating and exercise." — carrieh46c2a4b7d

20. "I identified with the Kardashians."

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"I'm a very fair person with a huge butt and thighs. I've been made fun of frequently for my appearance, but I felt like if the Kardashians could be proud of their curves, then I could too. Their vapidness makes me batty, but they owned their curves when the show first came out and it inspired me to do the same. I'm kind of embarrassed to say it, but it's true!" — YeaTPS

21. "I ignored negative comments."

"If you browse through the comment section under any body-positive article or blog, it will always be rife with horrid, hateful, and just plain ignorant comments left by insecure, vapid cowards hiding behind the anonymity of the internet. I used to let the asshats get to me, but now I realize they're just meaningless, inconsequential turds left by people I don't even know." — Brandy McNamee, Facebook

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