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Are you sick and tired of seeing the same fit and sleek bodies in your average gym ad? Well, you are not alone! Blink Fitness recently launched a new ad campaign to address this same issue and encourage REAL Members, NOT Models.  The campaign features 16 of Blink’s very own gym members–not models. Blink hopes to […]

The Golden Globes are not only a time to root for your favorite actor or actress but let’s face it it’s a great opportunity to check out some of the red carpet style and bodies too!  So many talented and fit actors embrace their bodies by flaunting what they have no matter what their size […]

Long gone are the days when women try to hide their curves and starve themselves to get rid of what they were naturally blessed with.  When Ashley Graham graced the cover of Sports Illustrated as the first ‘plus-size’ model it was evident that times have changed.  Additionally with celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Demi […]

Defined as a group of mental, physical, and spiritual practices; yoga is an excellent way to calm and clear your mind. Yoga can help you strengthen and tone your muscles, and can help keep your body loose and flexible. As a result, there is a “mind-body-spirit” connection that is often developed within this practice. Nowadays, […]

September 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM

It is no secret that many believe yoga, like other forms of exercise, can help to improve body image. But some people believe the body positive energy is even stronger with naked yoga. In an Ohio.com article this weekend by Joanne Viviano, nude yoga instructor Amy Patterson explained how the practice changed her view of […]

We at the Riot totally love Misty Copeland. She’s beautiful, breaking down diversity barriers left and right, and is an all around pretty fabulous person. We are just really hoping that the choice of words on her book don’t necessarily match the ones on the pages. Misty posted this on Facebook this morning, and we […]

Recently, UK blogger Laura Mazza posted an inspiring side-by-side of her body pre- and post-pregnancy. She explained that, in the “before” photo, she was primarily living off of meat alone, with zero carbs and few vegetables. Mazza was taking progress photos constantly, and was never satisfied enough with her weight loss. She suffered from heartburn […]

Yesterday People reported on Mo’Nique flaunting her reported weight loss in her Instagram posts showing her dance workouts. It seems she is one of many celebrities who have constantly either being criticized for weight gain or praised for weight loss, back and forth, over the years. Oprah, Kirstie Alley, Christina Aguilera, and Jessica Simpson have […]

September 6, 2016 at 1:25 PM

We see it everywhere. “Drop three dress sizes with this new program!” “Lose ten pounds in two weeks with this easy workout!” “Flatten your abs!” “Lift your booty!” The list goes on. Magazines, advertisements, and the media in general are pushing us to think solely about image when thinking about health and fitness. Exercise is […]

Celebrities are pressured to lose “baby weight” from the instant they give birth. In fact, many are questioned about their post-baby body plans from before their pregnancies are even over. Magazine covers are filled with “How I Got My Body Back” stories. Women are praised for leaving no traces of evidence that their bodies carried […]

Cue the tears, Nike’s new ad has us grabbing our own crowns and saluting Queen Serena. Nike works with a lot of athletes, but to consider Serena the greatest of all time? Wow. The ad from agency Wieden + Kennedy simply takes you through a shortened timeline of Serena’s exciting, yet tumultuous career. The music, […]

If you’re a millennial who is into food, you have probably heard of Spoon University. What’s super exciting, is that they released an email ad that is totally celebrating women of all shapes and sizes. Vegan foodie, Allie Fenwick, wrote the article, and we’re obsessed. First of all, shout out to you Allie. Not just […]

August 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM

One of our favorite IGers put up a post that every one of us needs to read. There’s a diet that you should be on, and it’s totally organic. Seriously, having some feels this morning. What sort of people do you follow on your media accounts? Are the bodies sustainable of attainable? Do they make […]

August 31, 2016 at 9:15 AM

Beauty is the passion to which we dedicate our energy everyday to making our life happen. As a woman, living in today’s society seems to be a game show where you need to favor one over the other – only one box contains the jackpot. As if a woman, once she embraces her gender has […]

Whether it’s yoga, dance, running or weightlifting, we appreciate a good workout. But, one of the unique challenges of being curvy is finding a sports bra that is actually supportive and not constricting. Or even finding a single bra that can get the job done. With this revolutionary company, we may have found the answer […]

August 30, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Fitbit is all over social right now because they released entirely new lines, and we must say, they are pretty fab. Your favorite trackers just got a huge upgrade. Introducing the all-new #FitbitCharge2 and #FitbitFlex2. Learn more at the link in our bio. #TheNextBigStep A photo posted by fitbit (@fitbit) on Aug 29, 2016 at […]

Let’s be clear, Teyana Taylor shut DOWN the VMAs. Lindsay might think that Beyoncé stole the show, but Teyana took the cake for me. Despite how incredibly fabulous she looked, I’m not sure why people are taking this moment to turn slim women against curvy women instead of just celebrating her for her. Unless you’ve been […]

Over recent years, there has been talk of a new form of eating disorder sweeping college campuses. Last week CBS New York reported that, according to NEDA, “drunkorexia” is a common and dangerous issue amongst college students. Due to the many pressures to lose weight and stay thin, as well as the common fear of […]

August 29, 2016 at 10:05 AM

When you start Crossfit part of the joining process is basically agreeing to talk about it all the time.  Kind of like a fight club initation.  First rule of Crossfit – Constantly talk about Crossfit. When I first joined Devivant, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was looking for […]

Sarah Harry started Fat Yoga as a way to transform the images surrounding yoga, that only certain types of body can be flexible and fit. In a recent interview with Self, Harry talked about how she suffered from a severe eating disorder, and has worked hard over the years to now lead a healthy life and spread […]

With each day, it seems like there is a new body image trend to find on the internet in support women’s bodies. And while it can be a good thing, it can further separate women into more categories than we already are, and encourage one thing while downing another. We’ve seen it with the mermaid thighs trend, […]

August 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM

As I sit at the Box talking to all the girls about wanting to lose weight, wishing we had legs like Clare or abs like Ali and generally just wishing our gains would be noticeable like yesterday, I started to think about all the girls at training.  Every single one of us is on some […]

Recently McDonald’s offered fitness trackers as a toy with their Happy Meals. Surprised or confused? Us too. It is no secret that the MdDonald’s fast food chain is not exactly known for promoting healthy habits. The brand is constantly criticized for their lack of any truly healthy meal options. The McDonald’s fitness tracker could be […]

August 23, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Every time the Olympic games come around, there is a great deal of talk and praise regarding the competitors’ “Olympic bodies.” Magazines are flooded with articles claiming they have all the secrets, all the diet tricks and workouts and magic potions to get you the body of your favorite Olympic athlete. There are two major […]

ICYMI, Speedo decided to dump Ryan Lochte after his piss poor (pun intended) behavior in Rio de Janeiro. While Speedo may not be the first brand you think of a for a bathing suit, their decision is setting the standard for a slew of other brands. When Lochte decided to lie about his and his […]

I am all for women having a voice, sharing their experiences and opinions on things that have happened in their lives and just being honest about their journey. However, I believe I stumbled upon too much honesty last night when I read this article titled “It’s Important To Stay Skinny For My Husband.” And while […]

Nike’s ads have been really good lately. First Paloma Elesser showing off their new curve bra, our girl Claire Fountain was looking amazing, and now they are using Sister Madonna Buder, a veteran of 45 Ironman competitions to show that age has no limit on fitness. I mean this lady is possibly the coolest nun […]

August 18, 2016 at 9:45 AM

If you got a chance to see Serayah’s Empire music video Look But Don’t Touch, you’ve probably also been able to see Charity Holloway and her dance group, 4 Thirty-Two, do their own dance routine to the hit song. The group includes about 20 curve women of all sizes, doing their thing and it’s such a […]

August 17, 2016 at 4:00 PM

  “She’s big. You know, a little overweight. But not like, obese.” So she’s fat? “No!” — Why are we so afraid to use the word fat? The word has such a negative connotation, but there’s nothing wrong with it. We all have fat, in case you’ve forgotten. We use words like, big, overweight, wide […]

August 16, 2016 at 10:45 AM

I honestly do not understand why gyms or fitness brands feel the need to attack women. It’s a subject that I’ve covered plenty of times, and I’m not really understanding where the disconnect for brands is because with social media, you’re likely to get dragged if you do something wrong. And that’s exactly what happened […]

Ronda Rousey has had to deal with her fair share of body image issues in the spotlight–remember when she instagrammed a photo of herself on television, not knowing someone had photoshopped her body in the picture? And even though she apologized, and it wasn’t her fault in the slightest, it’s still sad that society wanted […]

August 16, 2016 at 8:05 AM

If you’ve ever popped in one of her workout tapes, watched The Biggest Loser, or seen Jillian Michaels in an interview, you know how tough of a trainer she can be physically, verbally, and mentally. So my question is, where did all of this awesome body positivity come from? We totally agree with you, Jill, but […]

August 15, 2016 at 4:00 PM

I met a girl who was always talking about her weight. She was obsessed with the number on that scale and talked about her daily exercise routine and food intake fairly often. One day, I asked why she wanted to lose weight so badly. She said she wanted to “look hot.” I didn’t know what to say back […]

August 15, 2016 at 12:15 PM

In a new interview with ESPN, Roz “The Diva” Mays was profiled as being one of the cutting-edge pole dance instructors and personal trainers in New York City. Of course the angle for the piece was that Roz is “an anomaly,” since she dances on poles in 6 in heels and teaches fitness at 230 […]

August 12, 2016 at 9:08 AM

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been called chubby, big or fat. My family members would tell me that as a baby, my arms and legs were comparable to lotus roots. They were big and round. In my family, I was pretty much one of the chubbiest girls. I had always been that […]

There have been advances in the category of wellness and curve women, but we’re constantly reminded that there’s such a long way to go. A new study from Washington State University’s Department of Apparel suggests that fitness apparel in curve women is an area that needs dire reconstruction. The likelihood of a curvy woman being […]