This Ad Campaign Celebrates The Diversity Of Men's Bodies And We're Loving It!
This Ad Campaign Celebrates The Diversity Of Men's Bodies And We're Loving It!
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This Ad Campaign Celebrates The Diversity Of Men's Bodies And We're Loving It!

This advertising campaign is a "celebration of real men who love their bodies " and we're all for it!

Marketers and celebrities on Instagram have been advocating for body positivity for a few years now, but it's usually targeted towards women. Which is understandable, because society places a lot more pressure and expectations on the female body than it does on the male body.

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”My name is Kenny Ethan Jones, I’m 25-years-old. I would describe myself as a trans model and activist. But there’s also an entrepreneurial side to me. I’m a Forex trader, which means I trade stocks and currencies. . Masculinity is a spectrum. Gender doesn’t just exist in one place, every person is different. So how can one person classify what masculinity stands for, for every man? It’s impossible. . Going to the gym was a huge part of me overcoming any insecurities I had about my body. I was skinny - I weighed about seven stone - and then I went up to ten stone. So that added weight made me feel a bit more masculine, stronger and gave me that confidence; when you feel that confidence, you radiate it out to everyone else and they feel it, too. My advice to anyone is, whatever makes you feel happy and feel more confident, just do it and do more of it!” -Kenny Ethan Jones #MenofManual #mentalhealthawarenessweek . 📸: @hermionehodgson_photography . . . . . . . . . . #bodypositivitymovement #bodypositive #bodypositivity #trans #transgender #transisbeautiful #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositivemovement #model #transmodel #bodyimage #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

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British website Manual started a male self-acceptance campaignand we are here for it. Because, just like women, many men suffer from beauty standards created by society. And while the requirements, so to say, are different from those women are expected to meet, they do exist.

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"My name is Bashir Aziz and I’m 24-years-old. I’m from London. I would consider myself to be a full-time artist. . You know that Drake song, "You Only Live Once.” I took that on board and realised you just need to do what makes you happy and not waste any time doubting yourself. We're not cats around here, we only live one life. . Back then, my mental health wasn't great, but my body was fantastic, I just never knew.” -Bashir Aziz #MenofManual #mentalhealthawarenessweek . 📸: @hermionehodgson_photography . . . . . . . . . #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #mentalhealthquotes #bodypositive #bodypositivity #bodypositivitymovement #bodypositivemovement #vitiligo #vitiligomodel #vitiligoworld #artist #artistsoninstagram #artistsofinstagram #artists_insta #mindsetquotes #mindset

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This campaign shows men posing in nothing but their underwear. And hello, diversity! The photos were taken by British photographer Hermione Hodgson and all come with a message written by the model. Each participant talked about self-confidence and their relationship to their body.

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"My name is Jonathan, I was born in Scotland and moved down south in the mid-80’s. I am a trained actor and entertainer, mainly performing magic and puppet shows. I enjoy going to the theatre, especially musicals and enjoy watching social documentaries. People are so interesting! . Due to severe childhood illnesses I was never tall for my age and physically I never played sports. I managed to go through secondary school without attending a single PE lesson although I didn’t miss it one bit. I never really new I was short, I was just me! I later realised that being different was an asset and I have earned quite a few pounds by being small, not average! . Often physical problems are obvious to everyone but no one ever knows what is happening inside someone’s head. Both types of health can affect each other, although I feel that mental health can be caused by outside sources and people’s reactions to obvious physical and behavioural attributes.” -Jonathan Cann, #MenofManual #mentalhealthawarenessweek . . . . . . . . . #bodypositivitymovement #mentalhealth #mentalhealthquotes #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #mentalhealthawareness #bodyimage #bodypositive #bodypositivity #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositivemovement #celebratelife #celebratedifference #menshealth #health #portraitphotography #quotes #inspiration #motivation #aging #aginggracefully

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All the photos from the campaign and the messages that come with them all reveal one truth: there isn't just one way to be masculine and it would be nice to see this reflected in the media more often. Kenny Ethan Jones, a 25-year-old transgender model put it so well:

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"I’m Billy Moyce, age 30 and I come from London. I live with my family. I love acting and performing, that’s my life and I’ve even have an agent now!⠀ .⠀ I go to the Camden Society where we go swimming and have lots of fun and I do art there too; I love being creative. I’m a member of @HeartnSoulpics, an award-winning creative arts company and charity for people with learning disabilities. We sing, dance, act, write songs and poems, I love making up characters like comic book characters. I enjoy sport, too. The staff at Heart n Soul give us confidence to be ourselves and be proud. ⠀ .⠀ I’m confident with how I look and my advice to everyone to stay healthy is eat spinach!" -Billy Moyce #MenofManual #mentalhealthawarenessweek⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #bodypositive #bodypositivity #selflove #bodylove #effyourbeautystandards #photooftheday #picoftheday #inspiration #motivation #acting #actorslife #actor

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Masculinity is a spectrum. Gender doesn't just exist in one place, every person is different. So how can one person classify what masculinity stands for, for every man? It's impossible.

Another participant, Bashir Aziz, 24, suffers from vitiligo, like the famous model Winnie Harlow who's turned her illness into an asset! He explained that he had a hard time accepting his body when he was younger, embracing "about 20%" of it. Bashir believes that you need to get your mind right first, then you'll be able to accept your body. And that is the path he chose!

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"Hi, my name is Yeohan Kim. I’m 32 and live in West London, but am originally from South Korea. I’m a creative soul; I’m an actor, commercial model, presenter, foodie and a big coffee snob. ⠀ ⠀ My tip for maintaining good mental health is to be grateful for what you have. The way I look at it is even though I don't have what some people would consider the "perfect body", I'm alive, healthy and very fortunate. I'm also a firm believer in affirmations. I like to wake up in the morning and say to myself, "I look good and I'm well." -Yeohan Kim #MenofManual⠀ .⠀ To close out Mental Health Awareness Week, it's important to remember your mind and the way you feel about yourself is something worth looking after every day of the year. As the awesome @MattZHaig states, "There are a million ways to be smart/strong/sexy/masculine. It takes a narrow imagination to only see one way. This is not Sparta. The world is bigger than a gym." #mentalhealthawarenessweek⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mentalhealth #mentalhealthmatters #selflove #health #mindfulness #selfcare #wellness #anxiety #depression #mentalhealthawareness #recovery #motivation #healing #mentalillness #psychology #healthylifestyle #happy #healthyliving #meditation #positivity #selfharm #positivevibes #positivethoughts #positiveenergy #bodypositive #bodylove #bodypositivity #effyourbeautystandards

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Sylvester Campion, on the other hand, is the survivor of a serious accident that put him in a wheelchair and caused him to lose mobility in one leg. His message? "People say you can't wear this, you can't look like that. Just be you."
By Nancy Youm

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