Trending hashtags and visual microblogs are valuable indicators of what moves consumers. In tandem with our monthly Pop Culture Round-Ups, we assess key directions emerging from social media and highlight the influencers driving them.
- Every Body is Normal: Consumers are demanding wider perspectives and more diverse representation in their visual media. As Teen Vogue talks about de-stigmatising the female cycle on social media, it is evident the body positivity movement is evolving to take a 360-degree view of our bodies and how we inhabit them.
Loveyourlines is an Instagram account that extends body positivity beyond size and shape, zooming in on the likes of stretchmarks, scars other body markings. Submissions are kept in greyscale to create a sense of universality. GirlsWithVitiligo provides a platform for people with the skin condition.
At the same time, body positivity can be a fraught issue for the trans community, with many of its members experiencing a profound misalignment between their bodies and their identities. Leo Sheng is an Asian-American transgender man and trans advocate who has been chronicling his transition to bring awareness to his particular identity, and illustrate that every journey is entirely individual. Trans_shoutout shares self-submitted images of transgender women, while TransandInked increases visibility of trans bodies by intersecting with tattoo culture.