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As we transition into August with summer still in full swing, it has become crystal clear that our body positive movement #DropTheTowel is here to stay…all year-round! Wear Your Voice has reached out to our readers, and the world reached back – our entire team couldn’t be any more honored that the resonance of this work is global. It serves as an important reminder of the truth we are constantly stating: ALL BODIES deserve to love and be loved without judgement.

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Blogger and Actress Erica Watson verbalized an important part of our vision best in a recent interview on HLN’s The Daily Share when asked how she felt about it highlighting not just all different shapes and sizes, but “highlighting womyn of different colors as well”: “I’m very excited about that because the real truth of the matter is a lot of these social media campaigns do not really embrace diversity. It’s typically about white womyn sizes 8 to 12 feeling good about themselves; I’m just gonna keep it real. So to have a campaign that shows…Black womyn and Latina womyn have been leading the forefront when it comes to embracing curves and loving their bodies, but we are often left out of the discussion when it comes to mass media…” At this point the interviewer interjected; “Well not anymore, Erica, because we are talking about it right here!”

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Let’s not forget that love starts with the self, and after personally taking some time to explore #DropTheTowel on Instagram, I could see that the posts being made were infused with self-love. The following ‘grams’ are far more than ‘insta’ I would say – they represent the courage to do exactly what society is screaming at you not to, which has been a lifetime journey for most. I’m blown away at how beautiful from the inside out your light shines as it jumps through the screen and touches everyone lucky enough to behold such a stunning sight!

 

 

 

Eu acredito que cada pessoa tem a sua beleza e é a isso que se deve a tanta diversidade no mundo. Acho sensacional marcas que promovem campanhas celebrando a individualidade. Dove vem promovendo há tempos "Campanha pela real beleza"; o site americano Wear your voice lançou a campanha #dropthetowel (deixe a toalha cair) para promover um movimento pelo corpo positivo!! Sou a favor das pessoas se aceitarem como elas são e não ficarem tentando desesperadamente parecer outra pessoa, se baseando em referências externas como a atriz da novela, a celebridade do momento, a musa fitness… Se prestássemos atenção no que realmente nos faz feliz, no que realmente importa para cada um, nos nossos valores, aposto que teríamos muito mais amor sendo disseminado por aí. #CFfalandosério #camilafarretconsultoradeestilo #mulheresreaiscorposreais

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Embrace and love your body. It is the most amazing thing you will ever own.

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because last night's sunset swim was everything to me – as is the ability to see myself in last year's swimsuit with a whole new perception of my own beauty. for the first time in my life I am able to fully see, honor and love my whole-bodied reflection. for most of my life my face and body have been living different existences – one being constantly praised for its traditional conceptions of beauty while the other was ignored, bullied, belittled, or kept hidden. even taking this photo a year ago I most likely would have cropped my thighs & belly right out. this is for all those girls growing up who heard the phrase "you have such a pretty face" & would fill in the subsequent line in their own minds: "…but your body is too fat." this is also for the girls who were never told that. I'm proclaiming it now, because the type of beauty I believe in is not on the same par as societal norms – to me it means you've bravely let your soul shine through! #DropTheTowel #FuckFatPhobia #effyourbeautystandards #WearYourVoice #honormycurves #goldenconfidence #losehatenotweight #curvesreign #radicalbodylove #bigandblunt #selflovingyogis

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Wear Your Voice Magazine has started a 2015 Summertime Campaing called #DropTheTowel This movement is an all inclusive act of body positivity. Remember when you were a kid by the pool and even though it was hot as hell, you still were wrapped up in a towel? Well, WYVmag wants you to drop that towel and join us in a movement moving faster than a thunder cloud across the nation. Let's show this world how beautifully handsome our bodies are! – WearYourVoiceMag.com ___________________________________ #allinclusive #losehatenotweight ##FuckFatPhobia #lgbtqia #bodypositivity #transbeautiful #transishandsome #lgbtq #lgbtqia #poc #pwd #lesbians #dykes #bois #femanists #equalityforlife #equality #LoveWins #thisiswhatafeministlookslike

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Team WYV thanks each and every person featured or otherwise participating – both in our shoots or on their own. We love to see all of your powerful posts so please keep them coming and proudly proclaim that this is the summer and the year that you begin to #DropTheTowel! Please feel free to include your photos in the comments below for potential future article use!

 

If interested in participating in our coming photoshoot in NYC, please email Creative Director rachel@wyvmag.com; for all other inquiries on press coverage or campaign involvement please contact Editor-in-Chief and Founder ravneet@wyvmag.com 

 

 

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