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No your eyes are not deceiving you, should you be trying to hashtag those stunning photos of your beautiful body with #curvy, it will no longer lead to anything. If you should try to search #curvy for inspiration on your self-love journey, in place of images of hips and thighs, you’ll get a simple message with a complex meaning: “no photos or videos.” The first question that will pop into your surprised brain, perhaps, “Why!?” My answer: covert Fat Phobia – especially given that #thin and #skinny are still allowed, as are much more graphic and heinous hashtags that I do not believe in perpetuating, such as Buzzfeed took the liberty of doing, but even including words such as #bitch and #dildos still, when Instagram has publicly claimed that their reasoning is #curvy propagated too much skin showing.

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I’m just calling total BS on that – social media seems to have quickly become just as frightened as mass media of a womyn’s choice to re-claim her body from society and radically love herself unconditionally. That makes NO ONE any money in this capitalistic culture that literally feeds off of telling others how to eat. So again, because of the economy of keeping Fat Phobia alive and spreading it pervasively, #curvy can no longer happen. Until we rally together strong enough to overturn this decision, I decided to featured other curve-inclusive hashtags that are still usable on Instagram, so that we could begin flooding those in the meantime. The following are 5 of my favorite curvy-related hashtags to begin utilizing and tuning into on Instagram, as well as my 5 favorite curvy social media queens, all kicked off with my initial reaction to this occurrence that you should all feel free to use as well: #takebackthecurves

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Word on the street from fellow body positive babe @curvesbecomeher is that #instagram BANNED the use of #curvy on this site!?! Yet words such as #thin & #skinny are still allowed. If there be truth to this, it is one of the most blatantly overt yet disturbingly covert acts of Fat Phobia I have seen yet. We are here, however, to remind you that such things like wearing bikinis, crop tops, and loving every single curve on our fat bodies is what we are about, along with honoring and showcasing just that. We will no longer be silenced or shamed – we have already begun reclaiming what is our very birthright – minds, bodies, and souls won't be dimmed by your censorship. Let's all #takebackthecurves & #FuckFatPhobia!!! #WearYourVoice #effyourbeautystandards #curvesreign #losehatenotweight #alternativecurves #boldncurvy #honormycurves #goldenconfidence #ThereIsNoWrongWayToBeAWoman #selflovingyogis #ThickThighsSaveLives #rockthecroptop

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As well as the brilliant new #curve movement by @thecurvycupcake



1. #curvee

2. #curvesreign

3. #curves

5. #curvesahead


(in no particular order)


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2. @curvesonabudget13

3. @curvesbecomeher

4. @honorcurves



5. @curvesandchaos

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Being raised in New England, the west coast has always felt like a breath of progressive, laid-back, open-minded, fashion-forward air to my free-spirited soul, which is what drew me to California. Escaping the more cookie-cutter traditional white picket fence life, has led me on an adventurous journey toward self-love and acceptance, and ultimately body positivity! I am in Oakland, because I moved to the Bay Area for graduate school to become a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist, and after exploring different city options, I discovered that the eclectic, unique, and honest vibe of Oakland resonated with my funky spirit and style! My role in WYV as Senior Columnist is producing weekly articles on Body Positive Fashion, Fat Acceptance, and many of my other passions such as social justice, childcare, and chronic illness advocacy. Of course I'm constantly being inspired by my very diverse (fashionably and otherwise) Oakland peers, local business owners, and fat/body positive activists! Come follow my photographic adventures on my instagram: @somewhere_under_the_rainbow

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