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01/19/2016 03:31 EST | Updated 01/19/2016 03:59 EST

Body Positivity: 16 Inspiring Women Leading The Movement

Sixteen women talk about the emotional effects of being plus size, their history with confidence issues, their thoughts on body positivity, as well as their incredible journeys to self-love and acceptance.

"Body positivity" has become a buzzword recently for such a wonderful reason.

The world has slowly begun to accept that all bodies are beautiful, and there are some incredible women responsible for helping this movement take flight. I had a chance to chat with 15 inspiring curvy women — including editors, athletes, CEOs, designers, models and bloggers — about the emotional effects of being plus size, their history with confidence issues, their thoughts on body positivity, as well as their incredible journeys to self-love and acceptance.

I hope these conversations will inspire and encourage self-esteem in all women, no matter their size. I began with the same question to understand where each of their journeys began, and how far they have come. I hope you are as moved by each of these women's rawness and their encouraging words as I was.

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