Saturday, July 18, 2015

#CelebrateYourCellulite

The world of fashion magazines and general societal pressures will have you believe that cellulite is bad or not normal. The fashion industry has made it's entire living off presenting an ideal for people to strive to - completely knowing that the ideal is unattainable. The truth is, 85-98% of women have cellulite. Men can have it, but it is way more prevalent in females. Cellulite occurs in most postpubescent woment. The causes of cellulite are vast - including changes in metabolism, physiology, dieting too hard or too much, sex-specific dimorphic skin architecture, alteration of connective tissue structure, hormonal factors, genetic factors, the microcirculatory system, the extracellular matrix, and subtle inflammatory alterations.

So even though this is a fact of life that predates junk food (see my source), wasn't a "problem" for American women until about 1960, and literally happens to almost every woman - we need to get rid of it. Much like body hair, it is something we're conditioned to hate. If you would prefer to look a certain way because of your personal preference, I'm all about that for you. What I don't like is being told since I was 10, reading my mom's magazines that I needed to be hairless, tight skinned, and of a certain height, weight, and hair color. Especially when most of the things that I'm told are wrong with me are naturally occurring.
Of course, after they tell you what's wrong with yourself they give you ways to fix it - that's how the world works. Find a problem, sell a solution. Liposuction has been shown to actually worsen cellulite, but they don't tell you that. Healthy diet and exercise are a great way to obtain health, but even the most fit people have cellulite. Creams don't even advertise to "get rid of cellulite" they advertise as helping to "reduce the appearance of cellulite." There's also body wrapping now, which I don't even want to research.

Untouched photos are becoming a "radical" trend in the fashion world. Women are tired of striving for an unattainable goal. There's #effyourbeautystandards #imnomodel #rockthecrop. Healthy, sexy, beautiful are all adjectives that do not dictate a specific weight or physical appearance. They are words that can be applied to all different sizes, races, and ages. The word that describes cellulite should not be ugly or unwanted, but normal.

I am a plus size woman and here's my cellulite, but I guarantee a lot of other size women have it as well. No matter what size or shape, your body is never "wrong." Share you cellulite with me on Instagram by using the hashtag #celebrateyourcellulite




Until Next Time,
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