Canadian body activist and vlogger Kenzie Brenna has had just abut enough of cellulite being something to be ignored and ashamed of — she started the hashtag #CelluliteSaturday on Instagram last month to remind everyone cellulite is totally normal.
Cellulite affects around 90% of women and 10% of men, and people of all shapes and sizes can have it. Just because it’s Photoshopped from snaps of super skinny models, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
#cellulitesaturday? Can that be a thing? Last time I posted a picture of me TRYING to embrace a part of my body that I have been trying to change forever, 2 things happened. 1. A lot of women and even a few men came forward and said amazinggggg things like “thanks, your dope I need this, I NEED to see more of this, I WANT to see more of this, keep doing what you’re doing, yes to normal bodies, etc.” the incredible comments kept going, of people sharing their own struggles with trying to accept their bodies, to some women who don’t even have cellulite embracing my body – THAT my friends is what this bopo community is all about. 2. Second thing that happened was obviously, the opposite. “Disgusting, gross, cellulite is not healthy, don’t encourage kids or women to be unhealthy, nasty, wtf, if you exercise or rub cream or do-this-thing-that-makes-no-sense it will help you get rid of it” that shit went on, in my DM’s and in the public comments. I am not going to sit here and write to you what cellulite is, what it ISN’T or try to bang it into your head that yes, my dear friends “thin + healthy + fit” women also have cellulite, I am going to let you do your own research. You have google and you have can DM if you want to have a CONVERSATION exchanging opinions, facts and resources to help us BRIDGE gaps instead of create bigger ones. I exercise 5x a week, I will murder you at cardio (my cardiovascular system is off the hizzy), I foam roll, I do yoga, I stretch, I eat my greens and I drink over a gallon of water every day. I used to use creams, I used to dry brush, I got massages and considered surgery. SO, don’t tell me that I have to be more fit, more healthy, more this, more that, don’t tell me to try your cream or that I need to create more blood flow to the places where my cellulite exists. Cause bish, I got chu. Been there done that. My friends, my cellulite is here to stay. And I am fucking okay with that. #bodyacceptance #celluliteyoualrite #namaslay #thisiswhatfitlookslike #embracethesquish #mesosquishy #mermaidthighs #iamallwoman #tbcr ððð¸ðð¸ðð¸ðð
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“I exercise 5x a week, I will murder you at cardio, I foam roll, I do yoga, I stretch, I eat my greens, and I drink over a gallon of water every day,” wrote Kenzie in her post, “I used to use creams, I used to dry brush, I got massages, and I considered surgery.”
“So don’t tell me that I have to be more fit, more healthy, more this, more that …; My friends, my cellulite is here to stay. And I am f*cking okay with that.”
GOOD MORNINGGGG â¨âï¸ð So, today is #cellulitesaturday ðð Let’s talk stats ok? These are pretty wild to me. 42% of girls in grade 1-3 want to be thinner ð 78 fucking % of 17 year old girls are unhappy with their bodies ð “Teenage girls are more afraid of gaining weight then getting cancer, losing their parents or nuclear war.” ððð In 2013 the American Medical Association created a policy that really didn’t go anywhere, stating that the effects of digitally altering images to impressionable youth were so harmful they cause HEALTH PROBLEMS. I’m not fucking making this shit up people. And did it do anything? Nope. That’s why offering up my #realbody, unedited, unfiltered for you to look at, for trolls to rip apart, is important because we have LITERALLY FORGOTTEN WHAT REAL BODIES LOOK LIKE. To quote WIKIPEDIA “cellulite occurs in 80-90% of women, the prevailing medical condition is that it’s ‘merely the normal condition of many women.'” ðNORMAL. It’s fucking NORMAL.ð With stats above it drives me so hard so that way my future daughters and sons grow up with more real images of bodies around them than I did. To pray their mental and physical health isn’t as affected as mine was. #fuckyeahhhhh #thisbody #celluliteisokay #bodyconfidence #nobodyshame #recovery #bodyimage #bodyimageissues #cellulite
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And people everywhere were more than happy to jump on the hashtag and celebrate their cellulite.
No filters, no edits, no sucking in, no nothing. Just smack dab in the middle of some good ol’ “flaw” showing sunlight. Lighting can fully change how someone looks; and odds are, most of the women you know have had their pictures taken in lighting that hides their “flaws” the most, out of either insecurity or shame. But reality is, the vast majority of women have cellulite, scars or stretch marks on their bodies. It’s in our biology, and it’s simply how our bodies are meant to grow, slim down and store fat. Diet industries and public figures have caused such a stir about how our bodies “should” look like, that we’ve forgotten how to embrace ourselves as we naturally are. We’ve got our minds so rapped up into looking like one particular body, that we’ve lost conscious of how impossible it is for two bodies to be exactly alike. Our own damn bodies don’t even look the same throughout the lengths of a day, yet we’re still falling for a social ideal which simply cannot be met? To love yourself as you are, and move towards a better you, you have learn more about yourself and your body first. It takes time, and it takes strength, and you will have your downfalls, but I promise you, there is no greater feeling than embracing yourself for who you truly areð #cellulitesaturday From: @deegetsstronger #HoneyLoves
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“Cellulite isn’t an indication of health, and it isn’t an indication of self-worth,” added Kenzie, “I hope that when people click on the hashtag, they recognize it’s a part of our bodies that can be totally acceptable and we don’t have to get rid of it.”
It’s really cool to be in a place where the things that society tells you are “flaws” don’t bother you and you actually love them because they tell your story ð I never imagined that one day I would be taking pictures of my cellulite and rolls to post for thousands of people on the internet ð But @omgkenzieee posted #cellulitesaturday last week and I thought it was awesome and wanted to join â¨ðð You do not have flaws. You have a body. And it’s beautiful.
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“This is just another aspect of having a physical body.”
Outtake turned favorite shot for #cellulitesaturday hosted by my girl @omgkenzieee . She shared some seriously eye opening statistics this morning about the epidemic that is body image distortion plaguing our young people. I find so much value and passion in my work with young teen girls, teaching them the foundations of self love so that they don’t wait until they’re 30+ to start discovering how amazing they are with my nonprofit @girlphoria . We can make a difference by creating an open environment to talk about the expectations and the realities. I don’t put bathing suits on and flaunt my body for attention or validation. I do it for the young girls and women trying to find someone that looks like them in a sea of photo shopped bodies. In short- body diversity. Representation of all the different ways you can look with emphasis that there is no right or wrong wayð¤. This is why you’ll find me sharing the parts of me that make me uncomfortable. So that I can provide peace for just one girl that she is worthy, cellulite and all. As always babes, just do you! Xoxo Allie
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Despite the misconception that only overweight or unhealthy people have cellulite, the #CelluliteSaturday movement is proving, one photo at a time, that ANYONE can have it. And it doesn’t matter one little bit.
IF YOU TRY TO SELL ME YOUR CELLULITE TREATMENT, I DON’T WANT IT. ð· Now thats out of the way…; This girl goes to the gym 4-5x a week. She weightlifts, includes cardio and plyometrics, she eats a personal well balanced diet and has for the last year. For those of you who comment and tell me “if you only lost ten pounds your cellulite would go away,” without having researched my page to see I have lost over 50 pounds and yes my cellulite appear has reduced but it has not “gone away.” Here are the stats again: 93% of women have cellulite. AND- You have a 90% chance of developing cellulite if you’re a woman. ððIf those stats don’t make you feel at home and normal in your body I don’t know what will ðð We have made it a “COSMETIC issue” not an indication of health. This is straight from the doc’s mouth, not mine. It has to do with a combination of genetics and hormones. Which you can really only fuck with to a certain extent. THE ONLY WAY TO REMOVE CELLULITE IS TO REMOVE FAT. Can you remove fat through a topical cream? By massaging it? By drinking green tea? By rubbing coconut oil on yourself? That’s not how it works. Stop this misinformation right now. ðCellulite is normal. And the beauty industry capitalizes on saying we need it removed.ð Again, I’m not going to shame a woman for trying to work to get rid of hers I completely understand and respect the decision to do so. This message isn’t for her. This message is for women who crave acceptance, self love and want appreciation for their bodies as they exist right now. Also sorry for the dbl watermark, I saw some people using my photos and cropped out my name from them ð how nice! #cellulitesaturday #mermaidthighs #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositivity #nobodyshame #lovetheskinyourein #thisiswhatfitlookslike
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Like the mermaid thighs movement, this is an Instagram trend we can get behind.
Simply amazing! Stay fierce gorgeous! Thanks for supporting the #selfiesforselflove movement ðð¸ðº from @josie_landry #Repost @deegetsstronger with @repostapp ã»ã»ã» Second curvalicious cellulite post, in honor of @omgkenzieee’s #cellulitesaturday’s (woop woop!!!!) and her attempt to spread awareness of the shame our society has brought onto our bodiesð There’s no shame in having squishy bits on your body, or having those same squishy bits move whenever you do. There’s no shame in embracing and loving yourself, or spreading that love to others. There’s no shame in participating in activities that “aren’t meant for your body type”. There’s no shame in wearing whatever the fuck you feel most confident in. Shame is for the people who put others down for the sole sake of feeling better about themselves. For the media outlets and public figures, who would rather endorse a product that is profitable to them, than use their high positions to spread positivity and love to their audience. And for the ignorant minds who will tell you that self love is not in itself an act of spreading love to others. Health is not defined by one particular shape or size. Health is not cellulite creams/low-carb breads/fat-free yogurts/waist trainers/detox tees/fad diets/2 week ab programs/body wraps OR ANY OTHER LOAD OF CRAP THE MEDIA TRIES TO SELL YOU. Health is being aware of your body’s needs – giving it rest, challenging it, nourishing it, and most of all, being able to truly call it home.ð
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Cellulite-free legs have just joined the group of ridiculous body standards (Photoshopped-flat stomachs and thigh gaps, we’re looking at you) that women in 2016 don’t have time for. And it’s awesome.