The body positivity movement still has a long way to go, but everyday we see more and more steps in the right direction. The media is starting to embrace bodies of all different shape and sizes, and with the emergence of social media, we all have a voice on what constitutes as healthy.
This is why Toronto body positive, vlogger Kenzie Brenna, 26, and her Instagram trend #CelluliteSaturday is just so freaking important! She started this trend by posting this photo a few weeks ago on her Insta account, @omgkenzieee:
So why did she make the post? For women to share a snap of their cellulite every weekend to help normalize the common body feature, a feature that has been deemed as "unattractive".
The fact of the matter is 93% of women have cellulite, and it's formed when body fat presses against the tissue that surrounds it. Women of all sizes, shapes, and body weights (even super models) had it, and doctors say it's totally normal. Yet society still tells women to constantly "mask" or "get rid" of cellulite, leaving many insecure about it. Brenna created #CelluliteSaturday to challenge that. Since then it has become a full on movement with hundreds of people posting their celi-selfies (totally made that word up, feel free to use).
"I don’t see a lot of girls embracing their cellulite, which I know so many of us have," Brenna says. "I thought #CelluliteSaturday might be a cute little slogan to put on a picture of me showing that I have cellulite. Coming from a woman who goes to the gym five days out of the week and who eats a balanced diet, I still have cellulite and that's something I want to show people. I may be uncomfortable with it, but it’s here and I’m going to try as best as I can to accept it."
The body activist is recovering from body dysmorphic disorder, a condition where someone experiences persistent thoughts about perceived defects in their appearance. She used to spend hours trying to make her cellulite disappear.
"I was so insecure about it, and I would foam roll specifically because I thought that was going to help," she says. "I took Epsom salt baths, and I would dry massage the parts of my body that were really affected by cellulite. I would dry brush before the shower and purchased these anti-cellulite creams and I would rub them all over."
She hopes that with #CelluliteSaturday more women will accept their cellulite and stop giving it power. "Cellulite isn't an indication of health, and it isn't an indication of self-worth," she says.
Cellulite isn't the only think Kenzie Brennda is tackling- her whole Instagram is dedicated to thought-provoking dialog like this caption about photoshopping and editing photos:
She also talks a lot about her fitness journey :
And if you haven't already decided to follow her, her feed is full of inspirational quotes to give you that little boost of confidence you might sometimes need:
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