Today RunwayRiot found that there’s actually something body positive and fab to come out of the A4 Challenge, and it’s raining down on us like sweet champagne.
For the uninitiated, this challenge was born out of the China social network Weibo, Mashable reports, and it’s the latest awful “aspirational” trend to dominate social media. People are taking selfies proving that they’re slimmer than a piece of paper. Some participants are sticking the paper in their pants to prove that they really have a paper-sized midriff. Like #TheBellyButtonChallenge, which isn’t a real testament to health, it gives young women a fun new random standard of beauty. There’s even a community dedicated to it on Facebook. (Because if you can support a bunch of coins on your collarbone, you deserve to be happier than your friends who can’t or something.)
Whatever your build, we’re here for it. Encouraging other people to aspire to a single measurement, nope. If you’re proud of your body, then by all means show it off, and that’s a beautiful thing. But these challenges have as much to do with self-worth as Twitter followers. We were over here determining our worthiness with this new challenge we made up based on how many times we can consecutively bat our eyelashes and see if a puppy appears.)
But today, RunwayRiot found that several women on Instagram are actually writing messages of self-love on a piece of paper to challenge this, and it’s beautiful. We would never challenge you to compare yourself to stationary, but we do challenge you to post a photo today showing us something that makes you feel beautiful inside, out. See below for the best messages to the world.
This Italian goddess actually encourages you to write a poem, a letter, or a song on paper instead of using it to brag about waist.