Inspirational Women News Roundup July 2015

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Our latest inspirational women news roundup shares the body positivity we love seeing in the world and want to see more of. See our favourite feel-good news.

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Burlexe is all about sharing the stories of women whether it’s the herstory of showgirls or the real women and famous inspirational women making headlines. Here’s our favourite posts on body positivity this month.

Body Positive Problems

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Body positivity is all about inclusiveness, visibility and representation for all body types and backgrounds. Trust us, we’re believers.

Unfortunately not everyone is on the same page which is why it continues to be important to fight the good fight. Although, if you’re feeling the uphill battle then Bustle gets ya with their list of things we’re all sick of hearing.

Women in the Wild

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(Image from The Huffington Post)

It began with an image inspired by Stephanie Karr Studios of mothers breastfeeding. Then photographer and mum of four, Erin White volunteered for a recreation.

The Kaiserslautern, Germany breastfeeding community posed for a nursing photo that caught the imagination of mothers. Now the Women in the Wild project has grown.

Erin White has photographed more women and has begun sharing their stories too. These lovely ladies share tales of breastfeeding, body image, motherhood or womanhood. See more on The Huffington Post.

Fantastic Fitness

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(Image from Women’s Running)

This month the August 2015 issue of Women’s Running was released and it starred NYC runner Erica Schenk. A plus-size model on a fitness magazine? Oh yes!

The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jessica Sebor, said, “Runners come in all shapes and sizes. You can go any race finish line, from a 5K to a marathon, and see that. It was important for us to celebrate that.

“I think that every woman goes to the magazine rack sometimes and feels like she can’t see herself in the cover images.” She added, “We wanted our readers to feel like they could see themselves in our cover.” You go gals! Read more on


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When the thigh-gap trend first hit we tackled it with our fave pinup poses that prove it’s all about confidence and fun not size. Then this month we spotted the #ThighReading trend on Twitter and beyond.

This hashtage was started by @princess_labia and quickly more women joined with their own pics. We’re loving this new way to celebrate your stretch marks and what makes your body unique without feeling alone. See more on MTV.


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Another hashtag that has been building steam and dropping some truths is #GrowingUpAGirl. Women tweet the double standards imposed on them because they grew up as a girl.

The things listed have been heard time and time again and make you want to eye roll hard. Yet, they continue and still need to be highlighted. See more on The Huffington Post.

Adipositivity Girls Don’t Cry

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(Image from Vice)

Photographer, Substantia Jones started her, “Part fat, part feminism, part ‘fuck you’,” Adipositivity project in June 2007. Her subjects include larger women, a few men and some couples. All have larger proportions and are often naked.

Her campaign shows volunteers subverting the “normative” beauty standards of the media and the multi-million dieting industry. It’s known that exposure to different bodies encourages acceptance which we are all about.

Substantia Jones told Vice, “My aim is to encourage people to become informed about body politics, to follow the money, to seek out science that’s not been manipulated by the diet industry. I want them to love their bodies, and allow others to love their own.” Here here!

American Beauty

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(Image from Buzzfeed)

Another body positive photography series we can’t get enough of is American Beauty by Carey Fruth. The images re-create the iconic fantasy scene from the 1999 film of the same name.

Her subjects are different shapes, ages and ethnicities shown in a celebration of self-love. We’ve championed Shameless Photography before and they do not disappoint. See more of these empowering pics on Buzzfeed.

Read Inspirational Women News Roundup June 2015 and watch our answer to: what is burlesque?

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