We hate to break it to the haters out there, but like taxes, wrinkles and sample sales running out of your size, cellulite is a way of life. Those fatty cells found mostly on our thighs and butts are there no matter what we eat or how hard we work out, so it’s a darn shame that we’re always made to feel bad for having it.
That’s why it’s so refreshing to see America’s Next Top Model judge Ashley Graham fully embracing all the curves her parents gave her — cellulite included. The supermodel and body activist recently posted a picture of herself on Instagram that most would probably avoid sharing at all costs, because no one wants to admit to having cellulite. And it’s no wonder, given how many photoshopped images there are out there of smooth-skined celebs and models. The problem is that it’s just not realistic. As Graham fully demonstrates.
Preach it, sister.
Graham posted the picture from the Philippines, where she’s on-hand to host backstage festivities at the Miss Universe show. Of course we can continue to see her on Sunday nights when ANTM airs on E! Canada.
This isn’t the first time Graham has taken the liberty of using her own body to spread body-positive images; the 28-year-old is considered a plus-sized model and has gone on record as working out not to “lose weight” but to maintain her health. After being criticized for being too fat and for being too thin, she finally just figured out that the only person she should really care about is herself.
“To some I’m too curvy. To others I’m too tall, too busty, too loud, and, now, too small — too much, but at the same time not enough,” she wrote in a Lenny Letter post last summer. When I post a photo from a ‘good angle,’ I receive criticism for looking smaller and selling out. When I post photos showing my cellulite, stretch marks, and rolls, I’m accused of promoting obesity. The cycle of body-shaming needs to end. I’m over it.”
The bottom line? You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. But there are always going to be haters and life’s too short to worry about something as natural as cellulite when you’re on a beautiful beach and the world is at your fingertips.