My cousin-in-law is an artist and, when I was 11, she began taking me to a figure drawing studio every other Sunday. This continued until the studio closed six years later, but then I took honors art classes in high school and those involved figure drawing. And then I kept doing figure drawing throughout college.
It took a few years, especially
since my mother poked my belly and called me fat when I was in middle
school, but this exposure to naked bodies dramatically changed my beauty
standards. In figure drawing, the most interesting bodies are "flawed"
- fat, saggy, scarred, and marked. Drawing different bodies so
frequently shifted my understanding of the "ideal" body, so I rejected
the mainstream standards in favor of every body.
The best way to
develop body positivity, especially in children, is to see every kind of
body in a welcoming setting over a long period of time.