We could all learn a thing or two from Kenzie Brenna - the actress and writer turned body activist who's single-handedly normalising cellulite one Instagram post at a time. Brenna is calling bullsh*t on the unrealistic beauty ideal that women's derrières should be dimple-free by sharing no-frills photos of her backside and she's encouraging fellow females to follow suit in her protest against heavily-edited pictures as part of #CelluliteSaturday.
Brenna - whose suffered with body dysmorphia in the past - and #CelluliteSaturday are here to remind us that it's perfectly normal to have lady lumps and bumps ("it's just a thing our bodies do", she proclaims), so much so that 93% of women have some, somewhere on their bodies, supermodels and athletes included. The body-positive hashtag #CelluliteSaturday was born last month when Brenna posted a warts-and-all Instagram image of her bum and thighs - in which her dimples are clearly visible - as a big fingers up to the typical standard of altered visuals that fill the photo-sharing app.
In the accompanying caption, she explained that despite exercising five times a week, eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water, she has cellulite and that's OK. Brenna hopes the self-loving initiative will go some way to removing the stigma attached to having so-called 'orange peel' and instead inspire girls to embrace their bodies the way they are, lumps and bumps included. "My friends, my cellulite is here to stay. And I am f**king OK with that," is Brenna's resounding message and I think it's something we can all get on board with.
On her hopes for #CelluliteSaturday, she told SELF: "[Cellulite] isn't an indication of health and it isn't an indication of self-worth. I hope that when people click on the hashtag, they recognize [cellulite] is a part of our bodies that can be totally acceptable and we don’t have to get rid of it. This is just another aspect of having a physical body."
Every Saturday, Brenna posts a collage of four images, showing the cellulite on her lower body, accompanied by an essay-style caption which reiterates just how normal it is to have visible and under-the-surface fat (the 'medical' definition of cellulite) somewhere on your body. The women of Instagram are already showing their support to Brenna by sharing their own #CelluliteSaturday images. See below for some of our favourites:-
Will you be celebrating your cellulite? Let us know your thoughts on this body-postive trend @soFeminineUK
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