Joanna Thangiah is an artist inspiring others with her body-positive, feminist and inclusive illustrations. Her sharp wit and no holds barred commentary offers a refreshing point of view on the typical and stereotypical messages women are often subjected to.

It’s no surprise that Joanna’s aim is to make people feel better about themselves through her work. About a year ago she started putting her illustrations online as a way to empower herself after combating an eating disorder, and has since amassed thousands of fans.

“I want people to know that they are not alone, and that there’s help out there,” Joanna told WYSK in an email.

Having experienced bullying, sexism, racism, homophobia, fat shaming and skinny shaming, Joanna taps into her personal struggles to give us some pretty awesome reminders to “treat people and ourselves with kindness and respect.”

Joanna is a prolific artist, it was hard to choose, but here are a few of our favorites. You can find more on Instagram.









Images republished with express permission from the artist. 

More about Joanna

Born in Dubai, Joanna was raised and still lives in Sydney, Australia. She has been drawing ever since she can remember.

At 12, Joanna’s dad enrolled her in art school, but the teacher wouldn’t allow her to create cartoons, so she left and has been predominately self-taught ever since.

We dig her distinctive style, which she told us is inspired by cartoons and the work of artist Mark Ryden “and his big eyed girls.”

Joanna transforms her drawings into prints, t-shirts, stickers, pins and other accessories that she sells online.