The challenge was started by Ashley Graham, the first size-16 model to have been on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue.
After a year of being cooped inside and stressed because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we could all learn to love ourselves a little more. The 'self-love' challenge that is trending on TikTok is doing just that and encouraging people to celebrate their bodies. The body-positive trend has people share their favorite body parts. Beautiful people, in all shapes and sizes, are sharing close-up photos and videos of their bodies and sharing what they love most about their body, including their strongest, sexiest, and favorite body parts.
It all started with supermodel Ashley Graham sharing a video celebrating her body and encouraging her followers to do the same and shower themselves with self-love. "The strongest part of my body? My legs," she said. "The sexiest part of my body: my eyes. My favorite part of my body. My jawline lol. The most important part of my body? My smile. The part of my body I would never change. EVERYTHING!!!" she said in the video.
Graham then tells followers that it's their turn to celebrate their bodies and encourages them to use the audio from her video to point out their own strongest, sexiest, and favorite body parts. Her video has been viewed more than 2.3 million times with more than 800 people sharing their own videos as part of the challenge. Graham was overwhelmed by the response and wrote on Instagram: "I'm not crying you're crying 😭. So many beautiful people have been using my sound on TikTok to celebrate their bodies ❤️ take a second today to celebrate yours!"
Graham has been an advocate of body positivity and is also the first size-16 model to have been on the cover of Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue. While she encourages body positivity, she doesn't want her size to be the focus of all conversations. She also called out the media's bias towards men. "I hate that I constantly have to discuss my body, because I don't know any man that has to do that," she told WSJ Magazine in February. "But what motivates me to continue to talk about my body is that I didn't have someone talking about their body when I was young."
The 33-year-old is not a great fan of edited, Barbie-like images and prefers it keep it 'real' on Instagram. "I keep it real and raw constantly because I want [people] to know that there are women with cellulite, with back fat, with stretch marks. There are a lot of curvy women, plus-size women, fat women, whatever you want to call them."
You don't need any excuse to celebrate your body but if you ever needed one, get on board the 'self-love' challenge and show your body some love. Here are some of the people who took up the challenge and reminded us that each of every one of us is beautiful and that's something worth celebrating.