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Four-time Grammy winner and body positivity icon Sam Smith is once again sharing some body acceptance inspiration. Smith posted a black and white shirtless photo on Instagram Tuesday to discuss their struggles with weight during the holidays.
“Christmas time is upon us. This time of the year always triggers tricky body issues with me. I love me some mince pies and all the trimmings, and I always find I gain a bit of weight during this time. I’m writing this out to you all, but also writing this for myself. Let’s make sure we remind our bodies during this time that no matter what weight we are, we are deserving of love and acceptance. Let’s love our fluctuating bodies. Look in that mirror and shower that reflection with Christmas kindness. Be super soft. It’s an everyday struggle for me. You aren’t alone xx,” Smith’s caption reads.
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Christmas time is upon us. This time of the year always triggers tricky body issues with me. I love me some mince pies and all the trimmings, and I always find I gain a bit of weight during this time. I’m writing this out to you all, but also writing this for myself. Let’s make sure we remind our bodies during this time that no matter what weight we are, we are deserving of love and acceptance. Let’s love our fluctuating bodies. Look in that mirror and shower that reflection with Christmas kindness. Be super soft. It’s an everyday struggle for me. You aren’t alone xx
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Friends and fans commented with love and support. Model and body positivity activist Tess Holliday commented, “Yes. This. Forever. You are beautiful and valid regardless of your size, and thank you for sharing this. (Oh and enjoy all the mince pies bb.)”
Demi Lovato, who has been open about her own body image issues, thanked Smith for their reminder.
The I Weigh Instagram account, founded by Jameela Jamil, simply commented with a preach hands and heart eyes emoji on the post, which it also reposted to its own account.
Smith has been open about their struggles with weight, emotional eating, and body image in the past and has used Instagram to share those struggles with their followers. In February, Smith shared a shirtless photo and said, “In the past if I have ever done a photo shoot with so much as a t-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally taken the picture down. Yesterday I decided to fight the fuck back. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally.”
It’s no secret that the holidays send confusing messages about body image, and Smith’s message clearly resonated with followers. Their post has more than 676,000 likes and 10,000 comments. Hopefully, Smith will continue to be a beacon of body acceptance on social media and inspire their followers to love their “fluctuating bodies” unconditionally.
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Esther Bell is a writer for the Daily Dot. She recently graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, and her work has appeared in Bustle and Teen Vogue.