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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Let's all stop pretending cellulite isn't normal.

I am so done with seeing ads and marketing campaigns for products that will "get rid of your cellulite". Where has this concept come from that cellulite is something "bad", something that we shouldn't want to have? Everyone has it, it's not to do with the size we are or how fit we are - you'll often see lots of fitness influencers with the most insanely fit bodies talking about their cellulite, so why are we demonising it?

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is literally just dimples in the skin, where fatty deposits push up through connective tissue, and it is normal. It doesn't mean you're overweight or you're lazy, let me say it again for the people in the back - it is normal.

As I've got older I've noticed my cellulite has become more prominent, and this is quite common (it's something to do with the collagen levels in the skin, but the science behind it completely goes over my head). You wouldn't have caught me wearing shorts in the gym last summer, but I've cracked out my shorts for my spin classes on numerous occasions this year and I'm proud of myself for doing that.

This year I have really spent time embracing the parts of me that society deems as "not normal"; the stretch marks on my hips, the cellulite on the back of my legs, the keloid scar on my ear (although I do feel a little self-conscious about this still), the one hair that sprouts from my big toe and the dips in my hips. On both my holiday to Croatia and my week away in Majorca, I didn't think about my cellulite once, and the old me that would've cried at putting up a photo of my behind in a bikini, without using facetune first, was nowhere to be seen. A small part of me did fear that people might zoom in to my butt cheeks and thighs to examine my cellulite further, but the other part of me kind of hoped that they did, so they could see that it's ok and nothing that needs to be edited out.

With the rise of influencers, there's also been a rise in body-positivity with the likes of Chessie King and music stars like queen Lizzo trying to normalise things like rolls and cellulite. I am so down for this movement, and am never going to photoshop or facetune out these things again just to fit in with society's "norms", I hope you'll all join me on this. The less as a society we use photoshop on women's bodies, the easier it will be for us all to just bloody love ourselves and not be constantly thinking about things we need to "fix".

With almost 90% of women having cellulite, it's baffling that it is not considered "normal" but rather something we should be doing everything in our power to get rid of. From scrubs to creams to expensive treatments, there's so much out there on the market that claims to get rid of cellulite - and I for one have spent a fair amount of money on crap that doesn't work and I'm done with it. I'm a healthy size 10-12, and dimples in my skin don't change that. 

One thing I am forever against and am thankfully seeing much less of, is magazines posting papped pictures of gorgeous women trying to enjoy their beach holidays with the captions "cottage cheese thighs" and "bumpy butt". Down with magazines and online publications who are shaming celebrities on beaches for their cellulite!

I don't really have anything more to say about it but good lord, if I see one more article from a women's mag titled "how to get rid of cellulite" I might actually flip. Embrace it ladies, it's just another feature of our bodies that makes us all unique. Over and out.

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