The ‘Naked Diaries’ Instagram Is The Most Beautiful, Body-Positive Account On The Internet

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The Naked Diaries is an Instagram account started by Taylor Giavasis that celebrates female empowerment and body positivity. Each picture showcases encouragement—quotes, drawings, photographs, and real bodies—and each caption shares a woman’s* struggle of loving herself. From self-harm, to weight issues, to birth defects, this account reveals the pain, fear, and bumpy road to self-acceptance in a way that’s tangible and real.sp

The Naked Diaries:

One woman shares about her abusive past and finding the strength to forgive.


This woman proclaims her new sense of self-confidence.


This woman openly shows her scars.


One woman talks about her struggle with self-harm, and her journey to finding love.

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I was 12 years old when I started getting sexually abused by my stepfather I was scared to tell anyone when I finally did nobody believed me not even my own family I was then sexually abused by a classmate when I was about 15, I hated myself. Everyone blamed me for what happened that I should've defended myself. I wanted to match the outside to how I was feeling on the inside so my way out was to self harm.I remember being 18 and feeling so ugly because of all my scars, not being able to wear shorts Or short sleeve shirts without being looked at funny. I finally learned how to love myself my scars are reminders to me that I survived the lowest point in my life. That I had the strength to carry on when all I wanted to do was side. I am now 21 and engaged to someone who sees beyond my scars someone who loves me for me.

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Another woman confesses the hatred she felt towards her body for many years.

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I found you on Instagram & read through your captions for about an hour. I am feeling less alone & feeling inspired to share my story… From 8 until I was about 13 yrs old, my mother would occasionally make me strip down & she would take a bright light of sorts highlighting every flaw & piece of my body that was “unworthy”, “unpretty”, or “irregular”. This caused considerable damage I won’t go into for now solely based on the length of the story. When I was 19, I met my father for the first time since 18 months old. A series of unfortunate events led to his control, manipulation and abuse over me. In the year I was captive, he would use a spotlight & point out my raw, naked, exposed flaws- each one that was “unworthy”, “unpretty” or “irregular”. Appalled, I comment on this disgusting copycat behavior & his one remark -with a grin, no less- was “where do you think she got the idea?”. This was the foundation for my body confidence. Until only recently have I started to feel any sort of connection to my body at all. I think my relationship with my body was worse than negative because, in order for me to endure my parents, I had to detach myself from it. Coming back & realizing I actually wanted a connection meant I had to process my parents verbal cruelty instead of avoid it. I’m still learning to sort through the hatred for my body & some days are victorious! Currently, I’m the most confident, daring & experimental I’ve ever been… I’m still working through the past horrors with some success- but trust me, I’ve been known to breakdown. Up until now, other than those involved, one other person has ever known. Now many of you do… & I need to be okay with that. I’m realizing that, while it may be an uncomfortable topic for some, it is necessary for me to process it, relate to others, share… then eventually, I can let it go. So, thank you to my parents for giving me the opportunity to rise above your mistakes, thank you to my secret keeper of 18 years & thank YOU for letting me share an excerpt of my life.

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This woman discusses her sexual assault, and how she’s working every single day to move past it.

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Hi beautiful soul, I understand that I may be identified by my tattoos, but I feel that by sharing what happened to me might possibly help others who've suffered from sexual abuse. January last year I was the victim of a violent sexual assault. My attacker was unknown to me, I am unable to go into details as what he did to me I have only been able to say it twice, when I gave my statement, and when I had to relive what happened to me to a courtroom full of people recently. After he left me battered & bruised, he went on to break into another house, luckily for the other victim she was not home alone. And he was arrested, charged & bailed while I suffered physically, emotionally & mentally. As the attack happened in my sleep my bodies reaction to the trauma is to avoid sleep (trauma induced insomnia) I am no longer able to sleep without sedatives. My PTSD was so bad I couldn't leave my house, I had constant flashbacks and when I did sleep I would become trapped in night terrors I couldn't wake from because of the sedation. I shaved my head, wore boys clothes because I didn't want to be physically appealing to men in any way. My ex partner left me because "You're just not the same girl I fell in love anymore". Every man that looks at me sends me into a panic that they're looking at me with an intent to hurt me. My attacker was deemed guilty and sentenced to 4 years, with parole he will only serve 2… (heartbreaking reality of Australia's judicial system" I have a long way to go Thank you Love & light

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This woman shows her skin condition, and how, despite it, she is starting to love her body.

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Hi! Sorry the picture is not clear. I have a skin condition called rosacea. It comes and goes in "flares" when I am stressed or in really hot/cold temperatures. My outbreaks are really severe. I have had medical help and natural treatments which have kept outbreaks like the one in the photo at bay, whenever I exercise heavily my face gets so so red. I have struggled to accept this for a long time. I play on a basketball team and all the girls can look flawless after a hard game, but no matter What I do my face will be a dark shade of crimson. This page shows so many strong, confident, real people and it's inspired me to realize that you should accept your "flaws" because they are what make you, you.

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This woman talks about her painful battle with depression and self-harm.

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Almost 4 years ago I was struggling with depression and self harm, and thought that I would forever be too ashamed of my scars to wear shorts that showed my legs. I thought that tattoos would represent a period in my life that I grew from, but became part of what I was ashamed of. When I did wear shorts (because sometimes in the summer it's unbearably hot and I had no choice) I was constantly around people (and my boyfriend) that commented on my scars and tattoos and called them ugly and made me feel awful about it. It took me years to accept my scars and work on forgiving myself for tattooing my legs, and eventually found friends with similar backgrounds. I didn't really know if this counted for this kind of account but I figure that no insecurities over rule other ones. 💝💝💝💝💝💝 p.s. I luv this account

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One woman proclaims that her body is a canvas.


Another woman encourages others, saying that stretch marks are beautiful imperfections.


This woman puts a spin on her skin condition, and sees it in a positive light.

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so I have something called dermatographia urticaria or dermagraphia or "skin drawing" at will and not, my skin raises up in wheals resembling how it was irritated. it may seem cool and you may want it but you don't. it's restricted me from playing many sports and being the usual rambunctious kid growing up. there's no cure, seeing as it's not harmful at all. but it difficult when you don't even want it there. simple things like scratching an itch or having your sweatshirt rub against your face when you pull it off triggers it. people used to think I had hives and thought it was disgusting and eventually I thought the same. I learned later on in life that I'm cool af and basically a walking sketch pad. :)

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This woman shares about her pregnancy, and how even in her struggle with self-image, she is trying to love her future child.

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For a very long time I suffered with body image issues, eating disorders, depression, etc. Over the last two years I finally learned to love myself and was truly happy, a day I never thought that I would see. Then seven months ago I found out I was pregnant, something I knew I wanted but not at 20 years old. I am so blessed to have a beautiful baby on the way but it has not been easy. My body began to change, seeing the number on the scale rise and my belly begin to grow was so hard on me. I hated how I looked and I wanted nothing more for it all to be over. I see other pregnant ladies on here saying that being pregnant is this is the only time they feel confident and okay with their bodies and I envy them. I feel fat, ugly, gross, and everyone telling me how cute I look, how big I'm getting, how beautiful I am…. Just makes me feel worse. I know I'll never have an ideal body now and I can't help but hate myself for it. How am I supposed to raise a child to love themselves when I barely love myself. In three months I meet my baby and I'm absolutely terrified.

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One woman talks openly about her suicide attempt and how she has decided to confront her demons.


One woman is open about her skin disease, the bullying of her childhood, and her struggle of being comfortable with who she is.

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well my body is covered about 90% in psoriasis, or basically, extra skin. my skin cells grow too fast. I've had this since I was seven. I've had good years and bad years. Was bullied, called things like red legged freak, had teachers keep me from playing with kids, had people tell me they would never touch me because my skin looks like it will kill them. But that's okay. I am a good and humble person because of my skin. I have learned to be empathetic and sympathetic to all of those who just aren't having an easy time in life. It has helped me to become a helpful and whole-hearted person. I have become comfortable with my skin. I am more annoyed with the pain and itching than the appearance of it. Because you can stare and comment and question but that won't stop me from being proud of who I am.

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This woman fights against society’s expectations of ‘perfection’ and ‘flawlessness.’

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People think just because I have my photos reposted on style/beauty pages and get comments like "goals" and "flawless" i'm supposed to be happy and "perfect". But i'm not. Far from. I may take photos in nice outfits…but underneath….this is me. I come to this page every so often because i'm tired and fed up of all the accounts posting unrealistic 'perfect' images and giving people unrealistic expectations of how they should look/dress etc. If i'm honest, i'm kinda guilty of it myself, I only show the "good" side of me but that's only because i'm not comfortable showing ALL of me. Basically, I just want to say that…no matter how someone may look/dress, you'll never know who they really are. People only show you the good side or the side they want you to see. Never feel you're not good enough or not pretty enough or whatever. Because we're all different…but the same lol x

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This woman talks about her anxiety, eating disorder, and self-hatred, but how she is continually working to get better.

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Hi, my name is Molly or some know me as @hollymarris but I'm 18 almost 19 years old and a virgin because I hate my body. I have struggled with so much in my life, abuse, eating disorder, bulling, self harm and anxiety. I still struggle with my anxiety and eating disorder. My eating disorder doesn't get the best of me but my anxiety sure does, I'm on medication and I try to do anything I can to make myself feel better but I just can't seem to feel better. I used to have a cutting problem but I'm now months sober. I dye my hair crazy colors to have people look at my face and not the ugly disgrace I call a body. I got a huge butt and huge boobs, it was bound to happen, it comes from both sides of my family. I was never happy in my skin, I'm still not but I'm slowly getting better. That's my story, I'm only half way through and I'm just enjoying the ride.

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And this woman talks about how she has learned to see her body as art—literally, and figuratively. Her artwork. Beautiful artwork. TC mark

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Your page completely inspires me and leaves me at a loss of words. I adore what your account does for everyone's self-esteem. ✨ Ok, I know most people may see nothing wrong with this picture. But, I have always been completely insecure about my "thick" thighs. I hated that they were so close together and so big, I always thought it was so unattractive and wish I had a thigh gap, because I thought it'd make me be more attractive; silly I know, right. I HATED that my thighs were so 'huge' that they'd cause the inner part of my jeans to wear out so easily, it disgusted me. I have hated my thighs for as long as can remember, until 2 years ago, I decided to get tattoos, in hopes of making my thighs appear "beautiful". I now love my "thick" thighs, and the tattoos that cover them. Everyone's body is beautiful and should be treated as a rare piece of art work. Love yourself, always. 💓✨

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*This Instagram account also features pictures of males and male-related empowerment. But I have chosen, for this piece, to focus on women.

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Marisa is a writer, poet, & editor. She is the author of Somewhere On A Highway, a poetry collection on self-discovery, growth, love, loss and the challenges of becoming.

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