This Woman Had the Perfect Response to a Cellulite-Shamer

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By April Benshosan

Yes, cellulite is perfectly healthy. And no, body shamers have zero right to tell you otherwise.

Sure, you can spend big bucks on laser treatments, massage pricey lotions into your skin, or even nosh on these foods that help get rid of cellulite in hopes of smoothing out your skin. But, the reality is that 90 percent of women out there can spot cellulite on their bodies, and the best way to handle it isn’t by funding the beauty industry—it’s by coming to terms with it and accepting it, like body image coach Jessi Kneeland famously has.

In a recent (and super candid) Instagram post, Jessi showed off her thigh dimples, which she lovingly nicknamed “fancy fat” and deemed it a “natural, healthy, built-in decoration.” She went on to caption the photo with this empowering statement, “Note: There is absolutely nothing objectively true about statements like ‘cellulite is ugly’ or ‘perfectly smooth and toned is more attractive.’ Those are just examples of a social reality we pass along to each other so often, that our brains start to believe they must be true, they're ‘natural,’ or they're ‘just the way things are.’ But they're not. We can change the way we see things by interrupting those old thoughts, challenging and examining them, noticing how they affect us, changing what we expose ourselves to, and finding new beliefs that affect us in a more positive way. Which exactly what I've done by re-casting my so-called embarrassing cellulite in the role of beloved Fancy Fat. ❤️ PS my fancy fat is more visible in some lighting or poses, and less visible in others. These 2 photos were taken when I happened to notice it popping recently in the mirror at my gym. 🤗”

Unfortunately, a body-shaming commenter didn’t agree with the message and offered his own two cents. But the writer and TEDx speaker didn’t let that dampen her confidence:

She wittingly captioned the photo, “Me and my ‘unnatural, unhealthy body fat’ are just gonna be over here helping women understand that there is NOTHING wrong with cellulite (or anything else about their bodies!) and that trolls like you are ignorant and uneducated. Also I'll keep spinning my body as ‘none of your damn business.’ Because, yeah. That. Lolllll #boybye 😂😏👋🏽”

You go, girl! Now that you’re convinced that the “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” on the back of your thighs are perfectly normal, get your facts straight on these 15 Secrets About Your Cellulite.

Images courtesy of @jessikneeland


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