Cellulite has nothing to do with health or fitness, thank you very much
Cellulite doesn’t care what size you are, how old you are, or how fit you are. Cellulite mostly just cares about your thighs as real estate and how it can make their permanent home there. Even models aren’t immune to it, as noted most recently by the gorgeous plus-size model Sophie Turner.
She recently shared a picture of herself from a photoshoot that hadn’t been retouched to send an important message about body image.
I done a photoshoot yesterday And these are some behind the scenes pictures – I was angry when I seen this pic because Of my cellulite – It was on my mind but why should it ? I am more than #cellulite I am more than the #bellyrolls and the #backfat and #celluliteisnormal !! It’s natural for us ladies to have cellulite and we need to stop seeing it as disgusting or ugly. Yes we all want smooth skin but we also need to accept reality! I’ve had cellulite since I was about 12 which is normal. After living with something for a decade it’s all apart of being me! And I’m still learning to love it and not hate it- it’s a slow road to #selflove but it’s the best thing you can do for your confidence and mental health 😊❤️
Turner says she almost didn’t share the photo — which shows cellulite on her thighs, because she’s a human woman and not a Barbie doll or robot — because she was embarrassed by it.
“I was angry when I seen this pic because of my cellulite,” she writes in the caption. “It was on my mind but why should it? I am more than #cellulite I am more than the #bellyrolls and the #backfat and #celluliteisnormal!! It’s natural for us ladies to have cellulite and we need to stop seeing it as disgusting or ugly.”
It’s such a testament to impossible societal standards, isn’t it? That we all hate something 99% of us have? I spent almost every single summer of my twenties sweltering in jeans. In stifling humidity. On vacation even. Because I felt like the lumps and bumps on my thighs and knees meant my legs weren’t fit for public consumption. It’s absolute horse shit. I started embracing shorts again after having my daughter, because I refuse to set that kind of example. And also because chasing after a toddler means sweating. A lot. And jeans just ain’t gonna cut it.
Turner mentions that sure, we all would love smooth skin. But a perfectly smooth, completely dimple-free body is so far from reality. Why can’t we just love ourselves enough to not agonize over things we can’t control about our bodies?
Turner admits even though she shared the photo to send a body-positive message, she’s still struggles with acceptance. “I’m still learning to love it and not hate it- it’s a slow road to #selflove but it’s the best thing you can do for your confidence and mental health.”