Ashley Graham Is Not Ashamed of Her Cellulite
A "few lumps, bumps, and cellulite" don't scare this girl! One of our favorite body-pos models shows off her confidence in a new bikini-clad photo
Despite the fact that a whopping 90 percent of women have cellulite in some form, actually seeing the dimples on models-whether on Instagram or in ad campaigns-is extremely rare thanks to Photoshop. So, in case you were worried you were the only one in the world dealing with it, model and body positive activist Ashley Graham is here to remind you that yes, celebs have cellulite too. And no, you most definitely should not be ashamed of it.
Graham took to Instagram yesterday sharing a photo with her 3 million followers flaunting her cellulite in a bikini while on the beach in the Philippines. Graham's message was pretty simple: Yes, cellulite is a completely normal fact of life for pretty much every woman on the planet.
"I work out. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I'm in. And I'm not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps, or cellulite... and you shouldn't be either. #beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein," she captioned the photo, which currently has over 285,000 likes. (Check out 12 times when Ashley Graham showed us what fitspo is really about.)
This isn't the first time the model has stood up for cellulite. Last September, she penned an inspirational Lenny Letter where she explained how her cellulite is changing lives, in part by getting more curvy models on the runways and in ad campaigns. (P.S. There's a reason we're not calling her "plus-size." Check out our interview with Graham from last year, where she explained why she has a problem with the "plus-size" label.)
The activist also fulfilled every young girl's dream when she was given her very own accurate Barbie doll version of herself (yes, she even asked for her Barbie to have cellulite) while receiving one of Glamour's "Women of the Year" awards in November.
All of this should come as no surprise considering Graham's been breaking barriers in the modeling industry and advocating against body shaming even before it became mainstream to do so. And after launching into the spotlight when she became the first-ever size 16 model to land the cover of the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue, Graham has become one of the most influential voices when it comes to spreading body positivity (as well as the other celebs who have given the middle finger to body shamers). Oh yeah, and then there was the backlash from fans-turned-trolls who shamed her for not being curvy enough. We know, *eye roll.*
Basically, this girl never ceases to amaze us.