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When you start talking about “body positivity” and the fact that every person, regardless of the shape of their body, deserves to love themselves (and be loved), two sides are instantly formed – those who see this as being a desirable concept and those who argue that this way of thinking encourages an unhealthy lifestyle. To begin with, the movement itself has nothing to do with encouraging obesity, on the contrary, it’s not even solely dedicated to those who have a few extra pounds – but to all who, at one moment or another, were ashamed of their own body. From people (no, not only women) too tall or too short, from those too skinny to those too fat, from freckles, to acne, to disabilities, to all imaginable “flaws” that generally dictate that we are not entitled to feel good in our own body. As for encouraging obesity, I have always argued that love is primarily based on respect and if you love and respect your body, you also take care of it via a healthy lifestyle and such – it’s just easier to get up and go to the gym when you don’t hate yourself and you are not ashamed of your body.
When it comes to cellulite, however, there is only one side.
Everyone has cellulite, maybe with the exception of just a lucky 1%. Every single woman I met has complained about her cellulite. It’s not really about one’s lifestyle, there are women who go to the gym a lot but the cellulite is still there, skinny women have it, women with curves have it, it can play a starring role even during our teenage years. And it breaks my heart when I hear women saying they can’t go to the sea-side, that they can’t sunbathe on the beach and that they can’t enjoy summer because of their cellulite.
The odd thing is, last summer I did not really have cellulite. I wasn’t much skinnier than I am now, I wasn’t more active than I am now and I wasn’t using any special, “magical” potions to alleviate the enemy. I had less cellulite than many of my girlfriends who were skinnier than me. When I was standing you could not see it at all. It was so little that at one point I was accused that I was still photoshopping myself, that is impossible for someone with my weight to not have cellulite.
During the past months though, it started to be visible. To be honest, I didn’t like it very much at first, especially since I didn’t understand (and still don’t understand) the reason – I didn’t change my lifestyle at all. I used to sit in front of the mirror and run my fingers over the grooves that appeared on my skin, almost disgusted with myself.
When searching “cellulite” on Google, the first 5 pages are about wonder remedies (which are usually empty promises that take advantage of women’s self-esteem issues), and on the sixth page is the first article that talks about cellulite as something normal, something that affects 99% of women, something that shouldn’t fill us with complexes the way it does. If you write “celebrity” or “models”, the first suggestions on both searches are “with cellulite”. And the results are plenty, usually with titles such as “YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE IT, X HAS CELLULITE! WOW! NO! TERRIBLE! SHOCKING!”
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On a more positive note though, you find out that many X have cellulite.
From actresses to Victoria’s Secret models, there are lots of pictures of beautiful women that the media is demonizing because of cellulite. To me that’s a very funny paradox – the media publishes this kind of articles as if they don’t know that those models and celebrities have cellulite, as if it’s a truly shocking realization – but they are the ones who photoshop the pictures to perfection, eliminating any kind of defect, which leads to the current beauty standards, inaccessible to the average person. Or to anyone?
I think we can all agree on the fact that whether we stomach her or not, Kim Kardashian is not the average person. A few weeks ago, some unretouched photos of her from the beach surfaced on the internet and – surprise – she was full of cellulite. The woman was pushed & shoved and people wiped the floor with her – she lost 200,000 followers on Instagram for that – because she dared to have cellulite. Because she dared to be human. Personally, I believe that Kim K’s cellulite seems to be the first sign of humanity she has shown in a while (unfortunately not because she wanted to, but still, to see her vulnerable and having a “problem” that all people have, makes me empathize with her, for the first time).
I look at my own orange plantation that’s reigning on my leg and frown – if even Kim K, who has absolutely all the resources she needs to get rid of it, has cellulite, why do I waste my time and energy stressing over it?
Why would you say pass to the seaside, the pool, fun and relaxation? If I had a third leg, now that would probably be a complex that’s a little harder to overcome, but I find it weird not to enjoy the summer because of a “defect” that, at the end of the day, is owned by pretty much everybody. There are men with cellulite too, you know?
I’m not saying cellulite is a wonderful thing, or that we should celebrate the fact that we have it. To be extremely honest, when I look at my legs, I know that I liked them more last summer when I didn’t have much cellulite. But I will not let the cellulite stop me from enjoying the sea, the sun and the best of summer. I don’t see the point of making a long list of tips & tricks to get over this complex, largely because the only thing we have to do is realize that cellulite is not a monstrous flaw that we have to be ashamed of – but just a simple trait of our bodies.
And yes, it’s always good to work on our body as much as we work on changing our attitude or mentality – so the desire to get rid of cellulite is a normal, healthy thing – as long as we do not resort to all sorts of pills, diets and wonder creams that cause us more harm than actual good. But until we get rid of the “enemy,” be brave girls!
Let’s enjoy summer (and life), because time does not wait for women with cellulite nor for those without.
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