Fran Hayden

Body positive warrior, feminist advocate, vintage enthusiast

Fran Hayden can often be found curled around a good book and drinking too much coffee. When she's not on a caffeine-high, she fills her time with all things body positive, feminism, writing, traveling, all things vintage and LGBT issues.

She writes the weekly horoscopes for DIVA magazine, has been published in the Independent and on the Vagenda blog.

If you would like to see more of what she does, then please see her blog here: https://franhayden.wordpress.com
Being Fat Is Not The Worst Thing You Can

Being Fat Is Not The Worst Thing You Can Be

The media would have us fooled that being fat is the worst thing that you can ever be. Being fat is seen as one of the least desirable attributes in our culture, and growing up - I believed it. I would envy the girls at school for their slim figures and would have given anything to be the same as them. It didn't matter if they were an unkind or mean person, because being slim was the thing to be if you wanted to be successful, attractive and respected.
28/07/2017 14:07 BST
Why The Body Positive Fight Is Still

Why The Body Positive Fight Is Still On

While many body positive activists, myself included, exclaim as loudly as our caps lock lets us that, BODY POSITIVITY IS FOR ALL BODIES and that WE CAN WEAR WHAT WE WANT and that WE ARE WORTHY OF LOVING THE SKIN WE'RE IN - our words are still falling on ignorant ears. The fact is, while body positivity has made the mainstream a (slightly) more diverse and bearable place, the body positive crowd seems to have thinned out somewhat in recent months.
27/02/2017 13:20 GMT
Six Things Fat Women Shouldn't Be Afraid

Six Things Fat Women Shouldn't Be Afraid Of

There are certain things that I've noticed no longer hold the same level of power over me as they once did and I've realised that there are a whole bunch of things that fat women shouldn't be afraid of, here are six of them.
25/10/2016 16:10 BST
Five Negative Body-Image Habits To

Five Negative Body-Image Habits To Break

It's no wonder that so many of us suffer a collapse of self-esteem when we are surrounded by such messages and images. But far from letting ourselves wallow in our own negative self-esteem, why not try these five things and see if you can banish those bad habits?
12/09/2016 14:50 BST
Dear Curvy Kate, You're Doing It

Dear Curvy Kate, You're Doing It Right...

If companies are going to represent body positivity, then they need to be FULLY inclusive of all body types, sizes, backgrounds and lifestyles - not conform to the cookie cutter humanity that we've so far been subjected to in society for financial gain.
01/08/2016 14:50 BST
Why Choose

Why Choose Self-Love?

The world is an unforgiving place and so many of us are faced with challenges on a daily basis that test our self-esteem. Someone might make an offhand comment about a fat person, an eating disorder, the clothes that someone has chosen to wear, comments to their children about body size - all of which could contribute to an already body image obsessed society.
09/05/2016 14:35 BST
Self-Made, Self-Love: Loving Yourself in the Wrong

Self-Made, Self-Love: Loving Yourself in the Wrong Body

The body positive movement, although passively inclusive of all body types, is yet to actively extend the arm of support to those struggling with body dysmorphia. By and large, the area of body positivity that focuses on self-love relating to body size, has garnered public attention and social media is rife with men and women advocating body love.
24/03/2016 11:42 GMT
Do We Really Need a Plus-Size Dating

Do We Really Need a Plus-Size Dating App?

Categorising us as a specialist brand whilst under the guise of advocating body positivity is not the way to go about supporting the imminent collapse of body shaming, rather integrating us into existing institutions or rather, treating us like everyone else, would be the more favourable option - trust me.
24/01/2016 22:44 GMT
Why Women's Magazines Need to Be

Why Women's Magazines Need to Be Rewritten

They need to realise that the messages that they present on the covers of their magazines are seen by everybody - young women do not walk around with blinkers on and there is no age limit to when someone starts feeling self-conscious about their body or when collapse of self-esteem is imminent.
07/01/2016 09:40 GMT
How to Build Someone Else Up, Without Tearing Yourself

How to Build Someone Else Up, Without Tearing Yourself Down

Society dictates that we shouldn't feel good about ourselves. We are told that we are too much or that we are not enough, we're too big or too small, too loud or too quiet - it is so rare that we are told to exist happily and proudly in our bodies exactly as they are.
23/12/2015 13:14 GMT
Let's Talk About

Let's Talk About Skinny-Shaming

Women who don't fall within the 'accepted body image' need to recognise that skinny women, as well as fat women, muscular women, thin women, curvy women - ALL women - are all privy to body images issues.
01/12/2015 14:31 GMT
A Call For Time Out On

A Call For Time Out On Photoshop

Magazines use photoshop and alter images to maintain a quintessential goal for men and women to adhere to, but those who are represented in the media have a luxury that is out of reach to the rest of us.
20/11/2015 12:47 GMT
Starting a Body Positive

Starting a Body Positive Conversation

So accustomed are we to talking about ourselves with a razor-sharp tongue that we forget to spare a kind word every now and again. When we speak negatively about ourselves we are only perpetuating an already toxic culture and advocating the negative sense of self that so many of us have come to learn.
13/11/2015 16:07 GMT
How Can You Help Someone With Low

How Can You Help Someone With Low Self-Esteem?

What can we do as individuals to help improve the self-esteem of those around us? If you see someone or know of someone who is suffering with low self-esteem, here are some things that you can do to help them realise their worth.
06/11/2015 10:29 GMT
Let's Talk About

Let's Talk About Self-Esteem

Someone that I grew up with recently unearthed a photo of me at 11 years old as she was packing to move, and when she shared it with me, my heart stopped. It stopped because I remembered. I remember how it felt to be the fat friend.
30/10/2015 15:06 GMT
An Open Letter to My

An Open Letter to My Bullies

I refuse to be bullied ever again, I refuse to be put down or told that I'm not good enough. I refuse to be told that I'm unloveable, because I know, no matter what, that I will always without question, love myself.
21/10/2015 22:17 BST
A Recipe for Body

A Recipe for Body Positivity

Preheat your oven at whatever temperature you like - there is no indefinite gauge for how long your body positivity will take to fully rise. You can turn the heat right up, or allow it to gently simmer away, but keep checking to make sure that it's beginning to grow...
11/10/2015 23:41 BST
Coffee With My Past

Coffee With My Past Self

I wish I could sit down and have a coffee (and a muffin) with any young woman - or man - who is doubting the love they feel for their bodies. Time is precious, and we spend so much of it concerned with our appearance and the way others will perceive us.
23/09/2015 11:23 BST
I Am Here Project: Finding the Female

I Am Here Project: Finding the Female Voice

Women are consistently told how they should portray themselves. We are told to be thinner, to be whiter, to be more feminine, we are told that we are wrong and that we should rid ourselves of undesirable attributes. But what if we don't want to be carbon copies of one another?
21/09/2015 11:02 BST