Body positivity art celebrates all bodies, challenging society’s beauty standards. From Venus of Willendorf to the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens, curvy bodies were historically considered to be symbolic of health, sensuality, and fertility. However, in recent decades, thin bodies have been glorified to the exclusion of others, along with a narrow range of facial features, skin tones, and physical abilities. Too many women, along with non-binary people and some men, rarely see anyone like them represented in media and art.
As a plus-size queer woman with a disability who uses a wheelchair, I almost never see anyone who looks like me depicted as beautiful or attractive. I’ve never been able to look in the mirror and love my body, although I try to love the soul housed within it and be kind to myself. But I’ve been trying to shift my perception of beauty by surrounding myself with body positivity art that celebrates people with disabilities, round hips and bellies, LGBTQ+ people, and different skin tones and appearances. And in the process, I’ve discovered some amazing artists who are breaking the mold and redefining beauty to include all kinds of bodies.
We need more body positivity art like this in galleries and museums, but you can create your own gallery right at home and support independent artists in the process. All of these artists sell affordable prints (and in some cases, originals) that you can buy, frame, and put up on your wall.
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General Body Positivity Art
These artists celebrate a wide variety of bodies, and/or feature diverse races, genders, and appearances in a single piece of art.
The Good Body Collection: Art and Affirmations
D’Anna Gustafson creates wall art and wearable art about life, growth, and healing. If you sometimes need a reminder to practice self-care, you can buy her prints, stickers, and magnets to grace your home or car.
Normalizing Every Body Drawing
All bodies are normal and all bodies are worthy. This drawing features a group of people with diverse sizes, skin tones, and physical appearances.
All Bodies Are Good Bodies Art
This amazing image is available on stickers and t-shirts. It sums up what body positivity is about — loving ourselves no matter what we look like and whether we fit society’s narrow beauty standards. The artist, Abbie, has many body positive designs available (don’t miss the fat acceptance glitter fairy!) as well as stickers with messages promoting self-acceptance.
Body Positive Yoga and Pagan Art
This set of postcards featuring yoga pose drawings by Charlotte Thomson shows that yoga is for every kind of body. Thomson also makes art depicting diverse women as goddesses, witches, and other pagan and folk figures.
Body Gardens Art Print
This beautiful drawing imagines a woman’s body as a garden. Artist Rachael Amber also makes cards, stickers, and journals that celebrate our bodies and remind us of our connection to nature.
As I Am Divine Feminine Art
Justine Applonia creates art inspired by the earth and the divine feminine. Her beautiful black-and-white and color drawings depict women with flowers and mushrooms, and some include mental health and self-acceptance messages.
BIPOC Body Positivity Art
“Mainstream” art often fails to represent the diversity of human skin tones and ethnic backgrounds. These artists of color celebrate BIPOC identities and show the beauty of all kinds of bodies.
Black Is Beautiful Art
Brown Grrrls Rule Poster
This drawing celebrates the beauty and power of Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous women. The artist, Gloria, makes many posters supporting feminism, Indigenous rights, and healing from eating disorders. And don’t miss their “You Are in a Body Positive Space” poster.
I Am Enough: Body Positivity Art for Black Women
This powerful poster features a curvy Black woman with affirmations written on her body. The artist, Jessica, has many affordable prints for Black teen girls and adults, including some you can customize with your daughter’s name — or yours!
Black Mother with Vitiligo and Child Oil Painting (Print)
Madeline Gibson is a painter whose art celebrates natural hair and feminine bodies of all races and sizes.
All Skin Tones Are Beautiful Poster
This beautiful poster celebrates bodies of all sizes and skin tones, including vitiligo, and it’s also available on mugs and t-shirts.
Fat Acceptance Body Positivity Art
I believe in fat acceptance, but I’ve struggled to accept my own body since I gained weight. I’ve found it helpful to look at and buy art that includes women with larger bodies to remind myself that I’m good enough just the way I am. If you need a similar reminder, these artists celebrate people of all sizes, and embrace “fat” as a term of empowerment.
Fat Mystic Body Liberation Art
Fat Mystic is one of my favorite artists out of all those featured in this article. This is just one of the many empowering, spiritual, deeply moving fat acceptance art pieces they have available.
Fat Positive Art Woman with Flower Silhouette Print
The Empowered series by artist Jude Martin features silhouettes of beautiful fat women with flowers. These pieces would look great in a bathroom, bedroom, or just about anywhere.
Swimming in the Clouds Curvy Woman Fat Acceptance Art
Jac and Bec are “a deaf girl and a fat girl making magic.” They make queer-positive and fat acceptance art prints, stickers, t-shirts, and more.
Moon Bather Ink and Watercolor Illustration Fat Positive Art
Artist Carolyn G. created this illustration to encourage people with larger bodies to embrace their shape. She also sells awesome art prints of feminist icons, women from mythology, and fictional characters.
Mountain Figure Plus Size Woman Art Print
This gorgeous image of mountains in the shape of a curvy woman was created by artist Taelor Pawnell of Stylish Sista, a proud Black-owned business that offers lots of body positivity art as well as stickers and pins.
BGB Fat Acceptance Poster Print
Kenna Lindsey is a body positive artist from Santa Cruz, California who makes lovely pastel fat acceptance art that is available on both posters and stickers.
Chronic Illness and Disability Body Positivity Art
People with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and physical differences are one of the most forgotten groups when it comes to representation in art. Our bodies don’t align with traditional, narrow principles of aesthetics and symmetry. But uniqueness and asymmetry have their own beauty — beauty that cannot be replicated. These artists celebrate bodies that are proudly different, that have fought to survive, and that provide necessary albeit imperfect homes for our souls.
All Bodies Are Beautiful Disability-Inclusive Art Print
This drawing created by Eilish from the UK features diverse women of color, fat women, and women with disabilities. It’s just one of several body-positive posters available in her shop, many of which include visibly disabled women.
Floral Goddesses Disability Acceptance Art and Fat Acceptance Art
Tyler Feder of Roaring Softly makes downloadable digital art as well as affordable original drawings that include women of all sizes and races, and people with disabilities, depicted as floral goddesses.
Disability & Physical Differences Body Positivity Mini-Prints
This wonderful set of mini-prints features two amputees, a woman with a mastectomy, a trans man, and a woman with stretch marks.
Soul Story Mastectomy Paintings
This artist creates paintings that feature different types of scars and body differences, including mastectomy, breast reconstruction, colostomy, and ileostomy. They would make the perfect gift for a breast cancer survivor, colon cancer survivor, or someone with Crohn’s disease.
The Mushroom Babes Eco-Friendly, Disability-Inclusive, Body Positive Art
The Mushroom Babes is an adorably whimsical series of drawings by Georgia, an artist from the U.K. Her botanically-infused women and masculine non-binary folks span a wide range of sizes and skin tones — and she’s disability inclusive! She is my other favorite artist on this list.
LGBTQ+ Body Positivity Art
You’re Welcome LGBTQ+ Body Positive Drawing Series
This art series features the queer folks from the above photo and more, celebrating our community’s diversity. The artist, Hilde Atalanta, also sells pronoun and pride pins, t-shirts, and more.
Lesbian Lovers Floral Art
Kaitie Fierce makes art prints featuring fat femmes and floral fantasies. Queer love and queer bodies are rarely included in art and media, especially larger women. This tender image shows the beauty of love between two women.
Take Back the Pool Trans Inclusive Drawing
All bodies should be welcome in the pool, including trans people and people of all sizes.
You Are Enough As You Are Queer Body Acceptance
Yes, you are enough as you are. This affirming drawing of a soft queer woman or non-binary person was created by Phoebe, a queer non-binary artist from Devon, UK. They also draw lesbian and queer couples and can do custom art on commission.
Butch Lesbian Couple Drawing
Paula Dacal is an artist from Spain whose drawings celebrate butch lesbian bodies and butch love.
Trans Woman in Lava Pool Drawing
This charming drawing features a transgender woman looking into a crystal ball while standing in an pool of otherworldly lava. If you enjoy quirky, colorful cartoon-style drawings, you’ll love this queer, feminist artist from Indiana.
Trans Top Surgery Botanical Art
These beautiful prints can be purchased individually or as a group. They symbolize the freedom to grow and bloom that transgender men and transmasculine people often experience after top surgery. The artist, Sam from Niagara Falls, Canada, also creates fat-affirming and disability-affirming botanical drawings you’ll love.
More LGBTQIA+ Body Positive Art
If I included images from every awesome artist I found, this page would be waaaaay too long — but here are a few more to check out!
Men and Masculine Body Positivity Art
Body positivity isn’t just for women! Men are often left out of these conversations, and they shouldn’t be. So here are a few drawings for the guys.
Beards and Barnacles Merman / Merperson Art Print
This cheerful art print depicts mermen (and perhaps non-binary merpeople) enjoying the ocean, free and proud to be who they are. Kelly, a traditional illustrator from Newfoundland, Canada, has several other body positivity art prints available as well, so be sure to check out their store!
Big Boys Are Beautiful Body Positive Art for Men
Stevie draws Western animation and anime images, including this body positivity print for all the guys out there who proudly wear pink.
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