In a powerful Instagram post, body activist Kenzie Brenna shares that she's chosen to embrace her loose skin post-weight loss instead of getting surgery.
Just like beauty, flaws are in the eye of the beholder. Yet, in the world we live in today, stretch marks, cellulite, and loose skin can feel like imperfections that need to be changed. While the body-positive movement has already made huge strides in #selflove, bloggers and influencers on Instagram continue to play a huge role in pushing the message that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. (See this body-positive blogger who shared a powerful video to show that cellulite is totally normal.)
Toronto native Kenzie Brenna, an actress, writer, YouTuber, and body activist, is one of these Instagrammers making a name for herself as a self-love enthusiast—and inspiring others to embrace what many would refer to as a "flaw." She recently posted a powerful photo on Instagram showing off a part of her body she used to find difficult to love: her loose skin.
In her post, which now has more than 14,000 likes, Brenna opens up about her decision not to get cosmetic surgery to change the appearance of her stomach after her dramatic weight loss. She explains that she was inspired by the Instagram community hashtag #embracethesquish, which allowed her to connect with other women also struggling with the same self-acceptance. Now, she's using her newfound self-love for her midsection to motivate others to let go of unrealistic body standards and love every inch of their bodies, loose skin included.
"There's nothing to be ashamed of," she wrote. "A body part that doesn't look like the body parts you've seen plastered in the media, doesn't make it wrong."
With more than 105,000 followers on Instagram, her post was well-received by fans who clearly find Brenna's candidness an inspiring tool for loving their own bodies. "Thank you so much for this post, I was crying about body stuff today and this really helped me," one follower wrote. "This post helped me so much today. Thank you. You're beautiful inside and out," another said.
The body activist previously started the #CelluliteSaturday hashtag, and noted that the positive response she received from complete strangers enabled her to love herself even more.
"Good attracts good. If what you're doing right now doesn't feel good, stop," Brenna said. "Start doing something that might be a little scary (but may be a little fun) and try something new." That something new? Embracing the squish just a little bit more.