Beautiful illustration by Frances Cannon

Body positive and socially conscious illustrators you should follow

Instagram is by far my most favorite social media tool. It must have got something to do with my fondness for images, I guess. A good image or illustration makes me laugh, cry, think, or wander. It can inspire me or fill me with disgust. All in all, if a piece makes me feel something, I’ll treasure it.

In search for more diversity and awareness in my insta-feed (because yes, YOU decide what you get to see on an everyday basis), I started following a bunch of amazing illustrators who quickly became my new-found heroes!  These amazingly talented women and men don’t avoid touchy subjects! They open up their hearts, show us their vulnerable site, and translate all of this through illustrations. My admiration is riding high for those artists and I don’t want to keep them hidden from you!

All love,


P.S.: If you have some extra suggestions of amazing artist, please add in the comment section. I’m curious to hear from you!

  1. Full of Freckles is the brainchild of Belgian trooper Sanne Thijs. With her body positive designs she creates a colourful, happy and joyful atmosphere that puts a smile on everybody’s face! Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.19.31 AM
  2. Through her illustrations, Mari Andrew expresses her personal emotions and how she deals with life. Her tiny stories are both funny, feminist, sensitive and oh so recognizable! Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.21.30 AM
  3. Jooleeloren, in real life known as Julie Houts, brings an account with a large dose of social awkwardness and self-consciousness. With a sarcastic sense of humor she wrestles herself through very relatable, sometimes painful, situations, especially for those who suffer from anxiety.  Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.18.48 AM
  4. With witty undertones, Gemma Correll questions big and small aspects of life. Her striking contributions to the MHA (Mental Health America) break taboos and can be found using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike. Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.29.06 AM
  5. Frances Cannon portrays a strong sense of femininity and vulnerability through her work. But it’s her honesty around anxiety and depression that makes me love her with all my heart. She touches me. Frances is the original founder of the ‘Self Love Club’-tattoo, which stands for respect and love towards your body and spirit (I’m planning to get one myself!)  Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.43.27 AM
  6. Jonquelart (Jonquel Norwood) puts curvy women from all ethnicities in the lead. The ladies she portrays are all powerful, sexy and so so beautifully drawn! Personally, I think Jonquel should get picked up by Disney or Pixar, and become the designer of a new animated movie! Who runs the world? Jonquelart!  Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.45.09 AM
  7. Sam Kirk’s work makes me happy, in one way or the other. Maybe it’s because of her colorful designs? Or because of the way she brings diversity? One thing is for sure: my smile grows fonder every time I see her work appearing in my feed. Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.49.09 AM
  8. As the name suggests, The Vulva Gallery displays pussies. Big pussies, tiny pussies, bleeding pussies, hairy pussies, bald pussies. With short labia, or long ones, butterfly shaped or tulip shaped. Over and done with pussy ideals, we are all different, all awesome, also between our legs! Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.52.22 AM
  9. The french speaking page Les Folies Passagères fights stereotyping, sexism, body shaming and racism with beautiful, vibrant and straightforward images. Social activism with a twist! Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 10.57.34 AM

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