5 Of The Most Influential Black Women Changing The Face Of Health & Fitness

There are thousands of people working every day to change the face of health, fitness and happiness.  While social media has launched the career of many self-proclaimed fitness gurus and trainers, you may be surprised that those making the biggest impact are Black women.

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When it comes to social reach, their professional credentials, trends they’ve set, products they’ve created and overall media coverage – among other things – these women are a cut above the rest.

Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama/ Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Michelle Obama With almost 3 million Instagram followers, FLOTUS continues to spread her health and fitness initiative, Let’s Move!, to the world. In 2015, Obama kicked things up a notch inviting fans into the White House for “#GimmeFive FLOTUS Style,” a personal training session. Since then, she’s partnered with Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon and more to highlight the fun side of living the fit life.

Jessamyn Stanley yoga

Jessamyn Stanley/ Photo:http://mynameisjessamyn.tumblr.com/

Jessamyn Stanley This body positive yogi became a social media sensation seemingly overnight, sharing awe-inspiring poses on her blog, Instagram, and by way of the EveryBody Yoga series. She’s also been featured in Cosmopolitan and the New York Times, and for good reason — her take on doing yoga as a full-figured woman is refreshingly relatable, honest and inspiring.