There is nothing wrong with having cellulite. It’s normal, natural, and previous research suggests that 95% of women have it.
We feel that bears repeating, because, apparently, there are still a lot of people in the world who don’t get it.
There are people who believe cellulite is a sign of poor health (it’s not. You can have cellulite no matter your size, diet, and exercise regime), who believe it’s weird, who think it’s something that should always be hidden.
One of those people decided to comment on a photo of fitness trainer Jessi Kneeland, in which the cellulite on her legs was visible.
‘Spin it anyway you want,’ the commenter wrote. ‘Having unhealthy body fat like that is not natural, it’s because u eat or use to eat sh*tty food and ur body has stored it!
‘Stop eating sh*t food and burn more calories that u put in your face and it will go!’
Dude, she’s a fitness trainer. We think she understands how to eat healthily and exercise. Even the healthiest people in the world can have cellulite.
Even more frustratingly, the photo on which the comment was left explained all this in the caption – it was all about getting rid of the embarrassment around cellulite.
‘Oh hey there, have you met my fancy fat?’ Jessi wrote underneath the picture.
‘It’s these pretty dimples along the back of my legs and butt. Some people think fancy fat is “bad,” and will try to convince you to get rid of yours, but we know better.
‘Fancy fat is just a natural, healthy, built-in decoration. (Or at least that’s how I choose to see it.)
‘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.’
Perhaps if the commenter had given that a proper read, they wouldn’t have felt the need to be nasty.
Thankfully, Jessi refused to take that kind of nonsense sitting down.
She shared a screenshot of the comment, along with a new photo of herself in her underwear, as a reminder of how toned she actually is (because, we repeat, toned people can have cellulite too).
‘LOLOLOLOL this comment was left by a hater, on the cellulite photo I posted yesterday,’ Jessie wrote.
‘This photo was taken this morning. Sorry dude, I didn’t realize I have cellulite because I’m just TOO FAT!!
‘Don’t worry though. 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.’
Bravo to that.
This isn’t the first time Jessi has used her Instagram to take down bullsh*t around women’s bodies.
She’s previously shared posts encouraging people to stop worrying about having tummies that aren’t flat, or chub rub, and bloating.
Most recently, she shared a photo of herself sitting down with her tummy on show, to make a point about why she shares photos that aren’t perfectly posed.
‘I post photos of my body on the internet,’ she wrote.
‘I purposefully take and share photos that aren’t “perfect,” posed, or presented for the male gaze. I do this because I am a body image coach, and it’s important to me that I practice what I preach.
‘A woman’s body is not here to be looked at, judged, compared, criticized, or even admired. A woman’s body is a vessel for life, and exists so that the woman can have a fully human experience.
‘When we get caught up in the cultural BS about what a woman’s body should or shouldn’t look like, and what she should or shouldn’t do with it, we are robbing ourselves and everyone else of that human experience.
‘My job is to help women learn how to inhabit their bodies without fear or shame. This is a concept so foreign to many women that I can only show them, by demonstrating in my own body.’
Jessie explains that it’s not about ignoring things that are considered flaws, but relaxing and accepting the way your body looks without any embarrassment or fear.
‘I demonstrate that it is possible to *notice* cellulite without criticizing it,’ she says.
‘That you can *notice* weight gain without stressing about it. You can let your belly relax and be round without being embarrassed. You CAN observe your body without shame or fear. It IS possible.
‘Is it easy? Absolutely not.
‘Is it fast? Not at all.
‘But it’s possible. And that’s why I share photos like this one, of me working outside in a bikini, relaxed and natural. No hiding, no posing, no pretending, no shame.
‘This isn’t an invitation to tell me what I should do with my body, or to tell me what you think of it. Maybe you thought I looked better yesterday, or maybe you prefer a little relaxed tummy. That doesn’t matter to me.
‘This photo is for the women who have never relaxed their tummy in public, who can’t even imagine posting a photo like this without sucking their belly in, or sticking their chest out to make their boobs look perkier.
This is for any woman who thinks it’s her job to create or maintain an appearance of “perfection,” and who is utterly exhausted by the process.
‘This photo is for the women who want to feel comfortable in their bodies but genuinely aren’t sure if that’s even possible.’
If you fancy reading more motivational posts about loving your body, you can follow Jessi on Instagram.