I love hashtags, not just because they can create traction on a post on social media, but also because of the awareness they can genuinely raise. As a plus size black woman hashtags can connect me to a world of other people of colour, it can educate me on important social issues, injustices and subjects with which I am unfamiliar, it can tell me about other people’s experiences of the world we live in and honestly, it can bring pure joy when you see people living unapologetically and authentically. We don’t talk about the positives of the hashtag enough, so I thought would share my top 5 hashtags to follow.
This is one of my personal favourites. Mental health is notoriously tabooed in our society and we are collectively working hard to dismantle centuries worth of damaging connotations and stereotypes that go along with it. We still have a way to go to undo a lot of what has been done, but the truth is that it’s unprecedented with which we are able to speak so freely about global and individual mental health experiences.
We are normalising something that for so long was demonised by many. The fear of being judged, wrongly institutionalised or defined strictly by, mental health issues stopped so many from speaking up and also seeking health. Now step by step we are finding courage to speak out and let our voices be heard and honestly it’s a very exciting time.
You can discover some the best activists through this hashtag and you might even see some of your favourite celebrities talking about their own experiences! Mental health is incredibly unifying and I am constantly inspired by the stories we have to tell about recovery, living fully and finding strength.
I’ve recently followed this hashtag on Instagram. Did you know you could do that? You follow the tag in the same way you would follow an account and you get frequent posts from multiple accounts that use that hashtag. You get to see all types of plus women living their best lives and telling incredible stories. It’s truly a window into the plus size community and it’s great because you get posts from everyone, not just influencers with multiple followers.
This hashtag means the world to me as a woman of colour. It was birthed out of the pain of my brothers and sisters and the hunger for us to have the same equality and freedoms afforded to so many without any thought. If you want to stay up to date on current issues and how you help, this hashtag is absolutely amazing. It’s incredible to see us as a community working together to be the inspiration and leadership we have needed for so long.
The only kind of feminist you should be. If you want to educate yourself on feminism and what it means to be an inclusive feminist then this is the hashtag for you. If you’re looking to know who the activists are in the world championing equal rights for women and breaking down the walls of gender stereotypes and norms then absolutely start following this hashtag! You owe it to yourself to know how to support your sisters.
This one is close to my heart because it’s one of the hashtags that started me out on my own journey. Self love and positivity has become a mainstream buzz word that anyone can capitalise on, but you see it started because of the need for so many of us to be free of the chains of self doubt, self hate, and self depreciation. Self love is an opportunity to witness how many others and how you can continue the journey of accepting exactly you are and loving every inch, good or bad.