Social media can be an unhealthy place, there’s no argument there. While body positive Instagram accounts are making important inroads into how we view and talk about bodies, much of your feed may still be filled with images of unrealistic, glamorized lives of influencers and friends, which can take a toll on your mental health. The constant stream of updates and news can make you feel like you're in a never-ending state of FOMO. And, even worse, bullying through social media is a problem for many people, especially those in marginalized communities.

But social media isn’t always bad—it's also an incredibly useful tool to connect with people who share similar experiences as well as a way to open your eyes to someone else's perspective. It can be a way to find real-life friends, express yourself, and find a source of infinite inspiration. The key is applying a different kind of filter—one that enables you to sort through the stuff that makes you feel good and the stuff that simply doesn’t.

SELF cover star Tess Holliday has become a pro in this arena. The plus-size model, designer, author, and fat positivity activist is no stranger to trolls and haters. When she decided enough was enough, however, she began to use social media in a completely different way. Instagram became her community-a way to selectively connect with people. "46Basically anything that I [was] going through in regards to my size, I could find somebody," Holliday told writer Ashley C. Ford during the interview for 47

“Basically anything that I [was] going through in regards to my size, I could find somebody,” Holliday told writer Ashley C. Ford during the interview for our cover story. Now she wants others to know about the wealth of online resources that exist for them, too. "It makes me sad to hear that there are people that don't have the knowledge about so many amazing people that could make their lives better just by literally following them," she says.

We asked Holliday to elaborate on that. So here are 10 Instagram accounts. Eff Effective Beauty Standards (

1. Eff Your Beauty Standards (@ effyourbeautystandards)

Holliday created the #effyourbeautstandards hashtag after getting sick of trolls because of her size. The hashtag (and account) encourages people of all sizes to proudly share body positive photos.

2. Enam Asiama (@ enamasiama)

Asiama is a queer model and advocate who serves fashion inspo, wise bits of intersectional feminism, and honest reviews of plus-sized clothing in equal volume.

3. Rosey Blair (@ roseybeeme)

Blair is a blogger, actress, and photographer who redefines what it means to be an influencer: Check her out for her impeccably styled outfits and travel destinations you'll envy.

@ ihartwericka@ihartwericka)

Hart is a sex educator, writer, breast cancer survivor, and queer activist who candidly explores her body on Instagram.

5. Jessamyn Stanley (@ mynameisjessamyn)

Stan ley is a yoga teacher, fat positivity advocate, entrepreneur, and author of Every Body Yoga. Her teaching style focuses on self-love and body liberation, reminding everyone that there are no boundaries as to who can find joy indownward dog.

6. Marquis Neal (@ marquimode)

Neal is a self-described femme queer boy who has his high-fashion photoshoots and body positive messages on Instagram.

7. Shay Neary (@ watchshayslay)

Neary is a Brooklyn-based trans-plus-size model. Her account is a collection of hilarious real-life candids and raw, beautiful portraits.

@ pskagyta@p.s.kagyta)

Kaguya (one of the @ effyourbeautystandards admins) is a self-described artist, model, and “body positivity babe” representing curvy Asians everywhere.

9. Brianne Huntsman (@ the_huntswoman)

Huntsman is a go-getting businesswoman who is not afraid to use the word "bitch." Her account is full of hot takes on tricky topics, educating followers and constantly pushing the queer , plus-sized conversation forward.

10. Stacey (@ hantisedeloubli)

There are no bounds to what fashion blogger Stacey can do with her makeup She flawlessly pulls off a face of gold glitter, rainbows on her cheekbones, and just about every shade of neon. Check out her account for major beauty and fashion inspo.