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C‑Section Scars, Plus-Size Cheerleading and Stretch Marks: 3 Times Black Women’s Body Positivity Went Viral This Spring

• Apr 26, 2016

Black women haven’t exactly been included in the American body positivity movement, but that hasn’t stopped us from boldly embracing our bodies in ways that inspire. This Spring, 3 instances of black woman body positivity went viral on social media, showing that women’s bodies don’t simply exist for male consumption. They are our homes, our temples, they bring forth new life and help us meet new challenges.

Model and wife of singer Neyo Crystal Renae posted this photo on her Instagram account in March, just days after giving birth. She did not shy away from sharing images of her patched up C‑section scar and post-baby body with her followers.

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In April, high school cheerleader Kasmere Norris posted this photo on her Facebook page. The image was shared over 7,000 times. Kasmere’s confidence and skill resonated with many and showed that no matter how many people say you can’t, you can!


Last week, this image went viral after photographer Deun Ivory posted it to her Instagram account. The photo made its rounds on just about every social media site and gossip blog. Some opinions were negative, but most were positive — encouraging all women to accept their bodies and wear what they want despite their flaws.

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Salute to these black women for embracing and honoring their bodies!

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Taryn Nicole
6 years ago

I just wanted to provide some details. My friend Deun was the amazing photographer in the third photo. The model is my cousin Brenda DeRouen. Her IG is @_ohbrenda_ and they collaborated. Just wanted to make sure they both received credit. ?

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