A Right to Bare Your Fat Arms

I don’t exactly remember the moment I declared war on my arms, but I do remember the struggle I felt each time I’d go out. Any outing I had was plagued with anxiety and panic attacks, fits of anger and break downs. I can recount countless memories where I opted to stay home simply because I was too insecure of my arms. Every summer I picked suffocating in the heat over exposing something I felt such extreme shame around.
If you google “I hate my arms” the results are mind blowing. Results ranging from blog posts of self hate to lotions, exercises to “lose that arm fat” and entire lines of beauty cosmetics to tone up your arms. When, why and how did fat arms become one of the worst things a human being can have?
Five years later, I hardly think about my arms anymore. Its strange to think I ever really did and that I spent so much of my life fearing showing them off. I can’t quite figure out why I hated them so much and why so many people still do. My arms have stretch marks and cellulite, yes but do you know what else they have? The ability to hold up my favourite book while I lay in bed and relax. The ability to cook and bake for my loved ones. The ability to cuddle my partner and to hold him tight. My arms and your arms have amazing capabilities and they deserve our love, too.
I took to instagram to ask for photos of people proudly showing off their arms and I was so, so blown away by all of the photos I received. Beyond the cut, you’ll find those photos and I hope it warms your  heart just as it did mine.

No name provided / IG: @leeleelove96 


Marisa / IG: @rosequartzz



Sarah / IG: @sentient.stardust 


Kenickie / IG: @kenickiestreet 


Emmy / IG: @fatdryad
Megan / IG: @sleepyandspooky
Noella / IG: @noella_deville
Sarah / IG: @zombiesncupcakes
Angelina / IG: @anactingangel
Slade / sladevegas.tumblr.com
Lisa / IG: @heyitslisah
Dawn / IG: @dawnjeanine
Jessi / IG: @tannis_toot
Kailey / IG: @moonbrains_
Maggie / IG: @maggie_stardust
Gabriella / IG: @_gabism_
Pheobe / sixofchalices.tumblr.com
Kristyn / IG: @feministpizzaslut
Alyson / no credited provided
Lucy Anne / IG:  donutguts
Lauren / IG: uglyjacket
Nique / IG: @ FloralFauna
Jenny / IG: @ dovahkhaleesi
Elizabeth / IG: elizabethwest
Annette / IG: booknutdc
Michelle Marie / IG: @ chocolatecurvesmodel
No name provided / IG: @chubbychickadee
Lolly / IG: @ lollylikesfatshion
Mulsa / IG: @mulsmulsss
Amber / IG: @_seventytimes7
Nicole / IG: @ nicoolcaron
Brandy / IG: @gorditabrandolah
Sara  / IG: @saranorean
Britt / thexxlfashionista.wordpress.com
Shannon / IG: @fuzzybluelightss
Brittney / IG: xBrittney89


  1. Flaa Zapata says:

    Wow this is so true! This is a struggle that i have every single day of my life. I never let people see my arms, it makes me really anxiuos. I can't stop thinking that people would be staring at my arms. I really hope that one day I would be capable of not thinking to much and start to do my own thing. Thank you for this! It is really inspiring. (:

  2. marisa says:

    I remember back in middle school I would wear tshirts and tanktops until a "popular" kid told me my arms looked like the sahara desert because of the stretch marks I had. That pain lasted all the way until college, especially through spring and summer time. I'm now confident to not care about how my body is perceived in the eyes of others, and I thank you for being an advocate of self love

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