This Professional Ballerina Stopped Seeing Her Cellulite As a Flaw
"Remember that our bodies will respond best when our minds are healthy and our souls are nourished."
Kylie Shea's Instagram feed is full of enchanting ballet poses of her performing all around the streets of New York.But the professional dancer just posted a photo that stood out in a different way: an unedited photo of her legs-cellulite and all-to help others who struggle with body image.
"I've had cellulite since I was a pubescent teenager and to this day it makes me feel very vulnerable," she said on Instagram. "I struggled through years of unhealthy eating habits as a young girl, and I continue to work my way through weight gains and losses to this day." (Related: This Plus-Size Model Is Determined to Stop Seeing Her Cellulite As Ugly)
But she's learning not to be too hard on her body and to appreciate it for what it allows her to do.
"I just finished a very special job this week and have been training incredibly hard to prepare, and today when I looked in the mirror I found myself for the first time not judging my cellulite like I usually do and I was compelled to share this part of me that has always felt so uncomfortable," Kylie said. (Related: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cellulite)
She hopes that by sharing this vulnerable part of her, other people will be inspired to practice self-love and acceptance.
"Social media seems to be flooded with women that have not even a square inch of cellulite, as does the classical ballet world, and so I just wanted anyone out there who struggles with this to know that you are not alone," Shea said. "Keep training hard and remember that our bodies will respond best to all of our hard work when our minds are healthy and our souls are nourished." (Related: Katie Willcox Wants You to Know That You're So Much More Than What You See In the Mirror)
The takeaway: Live an active lifestyle, and embrace your body's so-called flaws. If you don't #LoveMyShape, then who will?