Body Positivity Brings Change to TikTok

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Influencers are pushing for acceptance and change.

  TikTok has claimed its place as one of the most influential social media apps, and the stars of the app are starting to recognize this. 

By using their platforms to radiate body positivity and confidence, users have started to turn to TikTok as a safe space for body confidence. 

  At the start of quarantine, the app was very toxic, but creators like Sienna Mae Gomez and Charli D’amelio have come to its rescue. 

  Junior and former Sanderson volunteer at extracurricular events, Jordan Saunders says, “Many TikTok creators were promoting unhealthy forms of weight loss and dieting, making the app extremely toxic for many, including myself.” Saunders continued, “I found that ‘thinspo’ was taking over the app and many influencers were promoting it and body shaming others. I eventually found that it was taking over my mind.”

  Sienna Mae Gomez is just one of the many influencers that blew up overnight on the popular app. After posting a video of her dancing with her stomach out, thinking only her friends and family would see, she went instantly viral. 

  Gomez came back to the video to find she had gained 400,000 followers in only a few days and that was when she decided to use her platform for good. She was quick to express her gratitude in a video where she said,“I am so thankful these videos have made people more confident and embrace their own body!” 

  She has since received over 8 million followers on TikTok and has no plans to stop helping people embrace their bodies.

 Sanderson Sophomore Sarah Jaber stated, “I think she is showing others that it is okay to look a certain way and that you can be whatever you want.”

  The biggest creator on the app Charli D’amelio, who has accumulated over 96 million followers, frequently posts on her social media platforms promoting body positivity. 

  D’amelio took to Twitter after being body shamed saying, “Why don’t we all just be respectful and understand that we should just be kind and uplift everyone instead of trying to bring others down and i’ve seen these videos about me my friends and complete strangers but it doesn’t matter who you’re doing it to.”

  Throughout her rise to fame D’amelio has continuously spoken out and posted to help stand up for herself  and others. 

  There has been a push for positivity and acceptance all over social media in the recent months and many creators are starting to join in on raising awareness. There is still one big question that stands, what can you do to help? 

  Generation Z has made it clear that social media has the power to change and influence. Posting and embracing insecurities is the bare minimum. Try complimenting people and spreading kindness all around to help make the world a better place for all.