10 Adult Women Who Look Neither 'Bizarre' Nor 'Disturbing' in Yoga Pants

One man's hateful letter to the editor inspired a body-positive movement we can get behind.

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Last week, The Barrington Times, a Rhode Island newspaper, received and published a strongly worded letter to the editor that took women everywhere by surprise: "To the editor: The absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion is the recent development of yoga pants as daily wear outside the yoga studio," the letter began.

The letter's writer, who revealed himself to be a 63-year-old named Alan Sorrentino (aka now the most hated man in the world), went on to say that yoga pants can be "adorable" on those "who have the benefit of nature's blessing of youth." But on "mature women," they're "bizarre and disturbing," and wearing them in public is akin to "wearing a Speedo to the supermarket." Oof.

As you might have guessed, the backlash to Sorrentino's letter was intense: Women both in and outside the Rhode Island community were outraged by his suggestion that some women weren't "attractive" or "fit" enough to be wearing yoga pants. That's why they held a local Peaceful Yoga Pants Parade in protest. Women of all shapes, sizes, and ages came out (in their yoga pants, of course) to support their right to wear what they want, when they want. Because, as the event organizers wrote on the event's Facebook page, "while yoga pants seem to be a silly thing to fight for, they are representative of something much bigger ― misogyny and the history of men policing women's bodies."

In the spirit of the inspirational women who stood up to Sorrentino in Rhode Island, we've rounded up 10 of our favorite body-positive fitness bloggers who, despite what others might think, look neither "bizarre" nor "disturbing" in their yoga pants. Quite the contrary: They look fabulous.

[h/t Huffington Post]

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Jen Sinkler

"We face a constant barrage of ideals that may go against our very bony structures, the shape of our pelvis, our muscle fiber makeup, our body type, our limb lengths, and the insertion points of our muscles." — Jen Sinkler, writer, personal trainer, and former Team USA rugby player.

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Michele Burmaster

"Thirty years of body negativity takes more than a year or two to reverse. I battle my own body image, while trying to help others take pride in what they can do versus what they look like." — Michele Burmaster, gym owner and body-positive fitness advocate based in Huntington Beach, California.

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Brittani Rettig

13 classes booked. 13 outfits packed. Off to NYC ✈️ #marketresearch #sweatjunkie

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"Lots of people think wellness is about getting smaller, but I believe it's about generating positive energy and finding an inner strength that reflects a larger-than-life spirit." — Brittany Rettig, former business consultant and current fitness entrepreneur based in Dallas, Texas.

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Joanne Encarnacion

"It's okay to be different. Embrace the unique qualities that you have as a person and use them to your advantage. We often forget that who we are is the best brand to wear. [We are all a] one-of-a-kind, unique, and one-time event in the universe." — Joanne Encarnacion, fitness blogger and mother of two based in San Francisco, California.

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Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead

About to get our #NikeKC sweat on ... 😁

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"I think what we all really need is to not need to look like anything — skinny, strong, whatever it may be. At the end of the day, the thing we're all searching for is to feel good. To feel empowered. To feel energized and confident in our own skin." — Jennipher Walters, co-founder with Erin Whitehead of popular fitness blog Fit-Bottomed Girls.

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