The Best Body Positive Moments of 2016

Though body positivity is nothing new, it certainly took major strides in 2016, much thanks to inspiring females such as Denise Bidot, Ashley Graham and many more.

We're taking a look back at some of the best moments in body inclusivity and tearing down beauty standards.

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1. Body Positivity 2016: Denise Bidot Campaign

In June, Denise Bidot made something out of her go-to saying, "There is no wrong way to be a woman." The Puerto Rican model launched a campaign, named after that exact quote, which features a line of t-shirts to get all people on board with the initiative. She also highlighted a group of 10 diverse women to rock shirts for the movement.

2. Body Positivity 2016: Plus size panel

Some of the industry's most gorgeous, badass models sat down for a conversation surrounding Hollywood's beauty standards, which they basically crushed within 20 minutes. The ladies, including Barbie Ferreira, Marquita Pring and Nadia Aboulhosn, each shared their personal experiences on feeling inadequate and their hopes for the future of modeling.

3. Body Positivity 2016: Ashley Graham Plus-Size Label

At last, someone spoke up about labeling women as plus-size. Ashley Graham called it out, saying it's divisive and purpose-defeating. "For 10 years I’d been told I was always going to be a catalogue girl, never a cover girl," she said. "Well, I got with IMG and did five covers in a year, boom, boom, boom." 

4. Body Positivity 2016: Paloma Elsesser Nike Ad

Another win for body inclusivity: Curvy model Paloma Elsesser was introduced as the face of Nike's Pro bra collection, proving that skinny girls aren't always the norm for rocking fitness clothes. Even better, the brand didn't make any mention of the word 'plus-size.'

5. Body Positivity 2016: Crop Tops

Earlier this year, poet and body image activist, Yesika Salgado, started a social media campaign to inspire Latinas of all shapes and sizes to take photos of themselves in crop tops. Women took to Instagram using the hashtag #PanzasChingonas to show that the fashion statement is meant to be celebrated by every body type.

6. Body Positivity 2016: Mexican Gymnast Body Shamed

Unfortunately, this summer's Rio Olympics brought on more than just epic athletic ability. Mexican gymnast Alexa Moreno was criticized for her body build, shape and overall appearance, rather than her accomplishments. In response, fellow Latinos spoke louder than the negativity and came to her defense, focusing on her talents more than anything else.

7. Body Positivity 2016: Colombian Photoshoot

In June, thousands of Colombians stripped naked in public as part of a large art project. The artist wanted to demonstrate ideas of "purity" and "unity" in the streets.