Positivity for everyone!
Body positivity has been skyrocketing into appeal in recent years, starting with feminist movements and even taking hold in media and advertising campaigns. Because women are constantly faced with idealized versions of their body, the movement has focused greatly on positivity for women’s bodies.
Recently, positivity for men has been evolving as well; this recent movement is taking its hold on Instagram!
Turning Difficulty Into Celebration
Ryan Dziadul has first hand experience being uncomfortable with his own body. “I remember… crying in the Sears fitting room because I didn’t like the choices in my size,” he said, according to the New York Post.
Even though he still has a similar body type, what changed was his attitude and his self confidence. Now he loves to rock Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and Tommy Hilfiger looks on his Instagram (@extraextrastyle) which has over 3,500 followers. He’s determined to spread his positivity to others in his situation.
Dziadul told The New York Post that his actions have “resonated with people.” Even though women’s body positivity is gaining strength, he’s determined to show fellow men that a skinny, muscular look is not the only way to be a man.
Dziadul is not the only man with this outlook. Troy Solomon, a plus-sized Instagrammar with 31,900 followers, told The New York Post, “The message is ‘everyone deserves to love themselves, feel great and express themselves through style.'” He fills his Instagram with images of him proving that you don’t have to be buff or thin to rock out a good outfit.
Fellow male positivity enthusiast, Kelvin Davis, who runs the Instagram account @notoriouslydapper and has 58,800 followers, says that the movement has “[Male body positivity has] brought light on the fact men have emotions, care about the way they look and want to feel a sense of self-worth.”
Even though it seems like body image may be a woman-only issue, the truth is, it affects men too. In fact, in the United States Alone, 10 to 20 million males will suffer from an eating disorder at some time in their life; this number may be slightly low because of the stigma surrounding male eating disorders.