Adult coloring books have a million-and-one benefits, but can they make you feel better about your body?
Yes — at least the ones from Frances Cannon. The 23-year-old illustrator created an adult coloring book that celebrates all body types, no matter their size, shape or color.
The project is a result of her own path to body acceptance.
“Growing up, I was forever comparing myself to other girls that I knew,” she told BuzzFeed. “This fostered a very negative view of my body. I was always wishing that I was blonde, blue eyed, and thin.”
“Even small comments like, ‘You look amazing! Have you lost weight?’ or ‘You shouldn’t wear that — it makes your arms look big!’ puts a negative connotation on being a bigger woman,” she continued.
Her drawings are now posted on Instagram to show other women that it’s okay to be who they are — body hair, curves and all. Love her message and drawings? They’re now available in a “body posi” coloring book, available on her website.
Cannon’s most important message is to extend that same body kindness to other women.
“Surround yourself with people who celebrate your body and each other’s bodies,” she says. “Never put another woman down because of her body; loving other women’s bodies is an important step in loving your own!”