One woman is on a mission to promote positive body attitude and is absolutely owning it!
Jazzy Owens posted a photo of her on a beach with her husband and it has gone viral. She shared it to show how a happy and healthy relationship can influence a positive view on your own body.
Jazzy told UNILAD:
I started Instagramming first as a way to get out of my comfort zone and learn to love my body as it is right now.
Now that I have gotten so many followers I not only want to learn to love my body but to inspire other women and men to love their bodies as well.
Why did I start this journey to loving myself? • This seems to be a big question recently!! • I started this journey to loving myself not because I want to be unhealthy, actually it's exactly the opposite of that! • Before I was depressed! I always thought that I was exactly what some of these comments are saying! I'm fat, I'm ugly, I'm unhealthy! .. well one thing was right… I was unhealthy!! It was unhealthy for me to be doing all of these diets, unhealthy for me to be thinking of myself in such a negative way, unhealthy to my mind, body, and soul. • Since beginning to love myself I found that I am so much more happier! No one can get me down off my positivity except myself! The healthiest thing I have ever done for myself is learn to love me for who I am and stop hiding from the world. I know I'm a healthy beautiful woman and I hope you all know that too!! • • • #iamblessed #confidence #celebratemysize #everyoneisbeautiful #effyourbeautystandards #aspiringmodel #allshapesandsizes #aspiringplussizemodel #effyourbodystandards #positive #plussize #bodypositive #bodypositivity #positive #lovemybody #lovemybelly #loveyourself #healthy
In one Instagram post, she writes:
Over the years this man has loved every curve, every roll, and every stretch mark on my body. I never understood why!
How could he love something that isn’t “perfect”? How could a man who was “born fit” love someone like me! I don’t have a flat stomach, I jiggle when I walk, hell if I run up the stairs to fast my body claps (lmao)!!
But now I see I do have the “perfect” body!! Every roll, every curve and every stretch mark is put on me just perfect to make both of us happy!!! I love my body and I finally see why he does too!!
This is me! Early morning, messy hair, CONFIDENT me!! Today it a GREAT day!! Why? Because I am in love with myself and not afraid to share with the world my beauty! • Happy Thursday Beauties!! • • • #bodypower #tummylove #happy #gottalovelife #goldenconfidence #aspiringmodel #allshapesandsizes #aspiringplussizemodel #embracethebelly #embracethesquish #everybodyisflawless #effyourbodystandards #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive #bodypower #bodypositivity #loveme #lovemybody #lovemybelly #positivity #positive #plussizemodel #positivethinking #yourbeautiful #iloveme #happy
More than 2,500 people have commented on the photo, which has been liked almost 70,000 times, praising Jazzy for her message of acceptance.
“Love this!! You are beautiful!!! My husband is the same loves every inch of me. And you are in inspiration to myself and so many others,” Instagram user mostly.mom wrote.
maria_m_glassmoyer added: “It’s 4:45 am I’m laying in bed looking for bathing suits that will make me look thinner and feel great..You have definitely inspired me to step out of my comfort zone… great role model for women.. THANK YOU!”
frederikkebgelund said: “Both of you are so beautiful. And your smiles are just amazing and tells everyone how you guys love everything about each other and life <3 So much respect from me :).”
And jayme_indigo said: “I looked through some of your photos & I see a beautiful, curvy woman with insane eyes, hair, lips etc who looks so happy. Thanks for being you.”
Never did I think I would EVER take a picture such as this! Never did I think I would ever show this much of my belly! I have always tucked it into my shorts or pants to hide from the world! That is my comfort zone! • Showing this much of me still makes me scared! Makes me think how many people are going to judge me because the way my stomach looks. • Tonight I am stepping out of my comfort zone to prove to myself that I am beautiful (All of me)!! Prove to myself that I can be confident in the way my body looks!! • I encourage everyone to step outside their comfort zones and prove to yourselves that you are beautiful! • • • #embracethesquish #damnilookgood #iamblessed #tigerstripes #tummylove #aspiringmodel #allshapesandsizes #aspiringplussizemodel #embracethebelly #stretchmarks #nonegativity #nostereotypes #body? #bodypositive #bodypositivity #model #lookatme #lovemybody #lovemybelly #iamblessed #youarebeautiful #goldenconfidence #gottalovelife #happy #bodypower
Jazzy has received plenty of praise, but does get the occasional negative comment on her posts.
She told UNILAD:
I have gotten both positive and negative response but the only ones that are important are the positive responses. I have been told I am inspiring many and even been told I am young girls role model.
Earlier this morning I got this very negative comment! Starting this journey publicly I knew that I would get some negative comments and I TRIED to prepare myself for the day that they started. But when I saw this comment no lie it hurt! It stabbed me hard, harder then I thought it was going to! So I had to take a step back and think to myself .. why would someone be so hateful of another person! Why would they say such rude things. But then I figured it out! People like this hate on others because they are not happy with themselves! This person does not know me! They don't know that I am VERY healthy and WILL live for my kids! They don't know that I eat healthy, hike, go to the gym all the time and can most likely out lift them any day! Just because I'm a big girl doesn't mean I'm unhealthy and promoting being unhealthy! I'm simply promoting loving yourself the way you are! Never did I say unhealthy is the way to be. So for others that want to downplay me as a person and what I am trying to accomplish, go ahead leave your negative comment! They will only be used as fuel to my fire of promoting happiness!! • • • #youarebeautiful #positivevibes #plussizegang #positivity #plussize #aspiringmodel #allshapesandsizes #aspiringplussizemodel #everyoneisbeautiful #effyourbodystandards #effyourbeautystandards #confidence #celebratemysize #motivation #bodylove #beautiful #bodypositivity #bodypositive #positive #positivity #lovemybody #lovemybelly #loveyourbody #loveyourself #youarebeautiful #nonegativity #nostereotypes #iamblessed #thankful #tummylove #thickthighs #thunderthighs
She closed by telling UNILAD:
My message is to love yourself no matter what shape or size you are. Just because you don’t look just like the people in the media doesn’t mean you are not beautiful. Stop hiding!