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01/25/2017 01:48 EST

Women All Over Instagram Are Embracing Their Beautiful 'Squish'

Yes ladies, show off that squish!

In a (North American) society obsessed with thigh gaps and perfect curves, it's inspiring to see so many women embrace every single part of their body.

In a new hashtag we can totally get behind, #EmbraceTheSquish is all about showing off those thighs, bellies and arms without having to hide anything.

According to Hello Giggles, the movement was originally started by body-positive Instagram user nourishandeat, otherwise known as Gina.

"Livin' that unbuttoned jeans + belly squish life 💕 because sometimes you've just gotta let that top button GO," she wrote on her social media page.

Following her post, thousands of women began sharing pictures and kickass messages motivating others to love your body from head to toe.

The movement also expands on the importance of sharing images of how our natural bodies sit — without having to suck it in or flex to appear slimmer.

As model Allison Kimmey notes, fives years ago she made a promise to her bathing suit (in the photo below) that she will do it justice.

"In my young twisted mind I hadn't been worthy of embodying this barely there Pucci two piece since buying it 10 years ago.

"So today, on my 30th birthday, my 30th year living in THIS BODY... it is very apparent that I had it all wrong. And instead it is the swimsuit that earns the honour of being adorned by YOU, not you earning a chance to wear whatever it is your heart desires," she wrote on Instagram.

Other women noted they are not a size zero, don't have "perfect" waist to hip ratios and don't have perky boobs either.

And while the social media site can seem cluttered with models, celebrities and even friends who live a filtered, almost-perfect life, there have been many hashtag movements that have influenced us to just be us.

As Bustle notes, hashtags like #EffYourBeautyStandards, #HonorMyCurves and #ImNoModelEither have all inspired women to just be themselves.

Take a look at some of our favourite messages below and check out the #EmbraceTheSquish hashtag here.

January 23rd 2016- January 23rd 2017 💙 💙 Firstly I want to say this is not a look how skinny I was or look how well I've done post. This is to hopefully show you that no matter how lost you are in your own head, it is possible to escape! It is possible to find happiness again!!! 💙 💙 Secondly you do not have to be this shape, size colour or gender for your struggles to matter! You are always deserving of help if you are struggling!!! 💙 💙 It's a year ago today since I was sectioned under the mental health act. I was so ill I was doing everything I could think of to not take in ANYTHING. I had given up. My eating disorder had taken over and I wanted to die. So I was sectioned and forced to get better. I was put on an ng tube. I was forced to watch as the scale went up every week and I could do nothing about it. (Not that I didn't try) I hated everyone who put me through that! I was on drugs that put me out so I wouldn't hurt myself or anyone else. This time last year I was a mess. 💙 But the people I loved stayed by me. My best friends and my boyfriend came to see me all the time and my parents where there every day. They where there to remind me to try. So I did. Eventually I asked my boyfriend if it was ok if I ate, he told me I should. For the first time in my life I realised that I loved these people more than my ed. so I fought, I fought like hell!!! 💙 💙 I'm not telling you this for sympathy or to diminish anyone's struggles, (everyone's struggle is valid!!! No matter how long it takes!!) I was in this for 10 years before I got out. But I want you to know that it is possible!!!!! No not all my problems have gone away. Yes I still have the thoughts. But I am strong enough now to resist! Keep going! You can get through this hell and I will be with you every step of the way!!! We can do this together!!!! 💙💛💜 (I don't want to answer any questions about weight) #positivebeatsperfect

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I was asked how I could be both body positive and focused on losing weight and that certainly is an interesting question 🤔 The line between what's "healthy" or "unhealthy" or "body positive" can be really hard to define. And I've realized what I think is healthy and body positive is definitely, like most things, based on individual beliefs and opinions. Maybe you agree with mine, maybe you don't. I think what's most important is that you follow what YOU believe is right for you. My journey has always been founded on 2 principles: health and happiness. Health for me is more than the losing weight aspect. Healthy is not to "look better" it's to be better, fitter, stronger both inside and out. It's more than just eating right and exercising. It's striving for cerebral expansion and mental sharpness. Its emotional intelligence. It's a healing heart. It's becoming in tune with your authentic soul and discovering your truth. It's a freezing, thawing, and growing of your entire being. Honoring, taking care of, and respecting your body is an entity to total wellbeing. Your body shelters and protects your soul, nurture it with the love it deserves. Happiness is more of the body positive side which is not about losing or gaining weight for me. You are not you because of your body. You are YOU because of how you act, think, and feel! I am NOT happier because I'm losing weight 🙅🏼 I am happier because I'm more content in WHO I am. Body positivity is an internal confidence for me. That doesn't mean I'm free of insecurities. It means I don't allow them to consume nor define me as much anymore. It's ok to love yourself AND be a work in progress at the same time!! I think you should continuously strive for self improvement in every capacity! I'm not always confident with what I look like and still have my down days, but when I redirect that negative attention and realize all the good things about WHO I am, that's where self love not only begins to grow, but flourishes 🌿✨💕

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