Ninety percent of all women have cellulite. But thanks to perfect lighting, thought-out angles, and photo editing, we hardly ever see any on social media. Even Scottish plus-size model Sophie Turner was shocked when she saw this photo of herself accentuating her cellulite. She recently opened up about struggling to accept this so-called "flaw." (Related: This Might Make You Feel Better About Cellulite)
I done a photoshoot yesterday And these are some behind the scenes pictures - I was angry when I seen this pic because Of my cellulite - It was on my mind but why should it ? I am more than #cellulite I am more than the #bellyrolls and the #backfat and #celluliteisnormal !! It’s natural for us ladies to have cellulite and we need to stop seeing it as disgusting or ugly. Yes we all want smooth skin but we also need to accept reality! I’ve had cellulite since I was about 12 which is normal. After living with something for a decade it’s all apart of being me! And I’m still learning to love it and not hate it- it’s a slow road to #selflove but it’s the best thing you can do for your confidence and mental health
"I was angry when I [saw] this pic because of my cellulite," Sophie wrote on Instagram. "It was on my mind but why should it [be]? I am more than cellulite I am more than the belly rolls and the back fat and cellulite is normal!" (Related: Katie Willcox Wants You to Know That You're So Much More Than What You See In the Mirror)
After coming to this realization, Sophie decided to post this picture on social media as a way to accept and embrace every part of her body. "It's natural for us ladies to have cellulite and we need to stop seeing it as disgusting or ugly," she said. "Yes we all want smooth skin, but we also need to accept reality. I've had cellulite since I was about 12, which is normal. After living with something for a decade it's all a part of being me."
That said, Sophie will be the first to tell you that getting to this point of self-acceptance is anything but easy. (Related: This Yoga Guru Wants You to Stop Picking Out Your Flaws)
"I'm still learning to love it and not hate it," she says. "It's a slow road to self-love but it's the best thing you can do for your confidence and mental health." Agree, girlfriend, agreed.
Because our bodies are badass and feeling strong, healthy, and confident is for everyone! Help us spread the body love and be a part of our #LoveMyShape body confidence movement: Post a photo or video on social sharing why you love your shape. And check out Movemeant Foundation, our partner in empowering women and girls to be body positive.