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The inspiring reason so many women are getting crown tattoos

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Kayleigh Dray
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It’s always tough pinning down your perfect tattoo design – especially when you want it to represent something important to you, or send a message to those who see it.

However, as Instagram users may have noticed recently, there has been an abundance of women committing to one particular design; that of a simple crown motif.

It turns out that the craze was jumpstarted by none other than feminist role model Constance Hall.

The blogger, who works hard to call society out on gender norms and double standards, has garnered a huge social media following thanks to her philosophy on women, the sisterhood, and ‘queening’ – her own coined phrase.

Writing on her website, she says: “I love women. So much, they inspire me, warm me up and drive me to help make a difference. Younger queens, older queens, baby queens, queens from all over the world.

“I want to connect with them, learn from them, fill them with confidence and validate them for all the crazy weird and wonderful s**t they go through.”

She continues: “Women are so incredible. I cry daily with my readers and their personal struggles, then the funny f**kers make me wee myself with their hilarious antics.

“I am completed by the queens that have reached out to me.”

In a world where pitting women against one another seems to be the norm, Hall is fighting to remind us to treat one another like sisters – and support one another in their daily lives.

Inspired by the idea, one of Hall’s followers revealed that she had asked her tattooist for a simple crown motif, as a reminder to herself that she “is a f**king queen, even though she’s struggling to conceive at the moment and [taking] all sorts of hormone drugs.”

Hall was moved by the gesture, and soon revealed that she had been inspired to get a crown tattoo of her own crown tattoo.

She captioned the Instagram snapshot: “This just happened. 

“Being a Queen is not only a commitment to support the s**t out of other Queens, but also one to yourself… to recognise your inner rad bitch and never stop loving her.”

The design has since become synonymous with female empowerment and supportiveness, with thousands opting to have crowns inked on their own bodies.
 
And Hall, sharing the images into her own social media trend, has expressed disbelief over the crown tattoo’s growth in popularity.
 
"This is seriously happening," she wrote.

It is not the first time that Hall, who has penned her own Like A Queen book, has sparked a social media trend.

Earlier this year, she asked her followers to take a picture "that society has deemed you unfit for because your too old or skinny or fat or you've had too many kids or not confidant enough or for whatever reason you have been made to feel like you don't deserve to love your body or yourself”.

Sharing her own under the hashtag  ‪#‎likeaqueen, she added: “Love yourself the way you want your daughters, nieces, friends kids to love themselves… nominate your spectacular queens friends.

“And let us sit around drinking self-worth a queen vibes from a champagne glass. Because our royal bodies deserve so much more.”

The post quickly garnered over 53,000 likes on Facebook, as well as thousands of submissions from women everywhere who wanted to celebrate their own ‘flaws’.

From stretch marks, to surgical scars, to acne, to people who just weren’t 100% happy with the way that they looked, the self-confessed ‘queens’ thanked Hall for sending such a body-positive message.

“This has really uplifted me,” said one.

Another added: “I love seeing all of these pictures, and the support and kind words coming from each and every one of you.

“You are all beautiful.”

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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