Appearance Real Issues

Why we need to embrace our stretch marks and cellulite

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We’re no strangers to staring blankly into the mirror, pulling at our skin, and being disappointed with what we see. The glossy pages of magazines serve us no justice either, just a constant reminder that we will never look that way; the flawless complexion, the smooth skin – it makes us forget that this is not actually real.

Absolutely no one is flawless. No one. We all have our own flaws, even if others don’t agree with us.

Whether it’s spots, or freckles, or cellulite, or stretch marks. These ‘flaws’ are what makes each individual person unique on this planet, and they are totally normal to have!

What are stretch marks and cellulite?

You’ll find stretch marks on your body when it grows quickly over a short period of time. This can happen in a multitude of ways; for example, childhood growth spurts, pregnancy, and bodybuilding.

However, they also run within families. Cellulite, on the other hand, is just normal fat that is beneath your skin, and you can get it whether you are big or slim (in fact 90% of women have it!).

But by now we should know that flaws are not to be criticised, they are in fact to be celebrated; and this idea is heavily manifested within society recently.

Body positive campaigns have dominated the media in recent months. Namely, online retailer, ASOS, was largely praised last year after featuring swimwear models that were unedited.

The photos of the models displayed them in all of their flawed beauty, and it was galvanizing. The direction that ASOS are heading in is truly inspirational, and has even encouraged other companies to embrace body positivity.

Missguided also followed in the same footsteps late last year when they decided to use unedited photos of models on their site.

Despite facing some criticism regarding the validity of the stretch marks seen on the models, the movement is still commended for highlighting the fact that we are not flawless, and that is ok.

Even individuals were heartened by 2017’s growth of body appreciation. Numerous people on Instagram followed the trend of rainbow stretch marks.

This trend involved people colouring in their stretch marks and debuting their artworks on Instagram. It really proved that this movement in body positivity is not only for models, but for everyone else too.

Not only have stretch marks become a positive ‘flaw’ now, but so has cellulite. Also on Instagram, the growing trend of #cellulitesaturday has increased in popularity over the past few years.

Originally posted in 2016 by body activist, Kenzie Brenna, the hashtag still sees thousands of posts that express love for cellulite today. It’s extremely important to remember that nearly all women have cellulite and it’s not something to be afraid of, instead it is something we need to embrace and own.

All of this positivity only means that in 2018, it can only get even better. The past few years have truly marked a turning point in society’s attitudes towards bodily ‘flaws’, and we can’t wait to see how this will grow and develop even further.

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