2016 was the year for embracing your body just the way it is. Case in point: The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show remake featuring average women, fit women who proved the idealism behind the perfect body is utter nonsense, and celebrities encouraging us to practice self-love at all times. Honestly, the list goes on and on.
To start the new year on a positive note, Girls Gone Strong founder Molly Galbraith is explaining why we shouldn't be embracing our flaws at all.
"I'm NOT embracing my flaws in 2017," Galbraith says in a Facebook post. "Why? Because I'm not the one who decided they were flaws to begin with."
She goes on to explain how the narrative given to her at a young and fragile age made her feel "ashamed of, embarrassed by, and apologetic" for her body.
"I agreed with this narrative for decades, and I let it run through my head like a broken record while punishing myself with intense exercise and restrictive dieting to fix those things the world told me needed fixing," she says. "Not anymore. I've realized that I simply don't agree."
"I'm almost 5'11" and weigh 170 pounds," Galbraith continues. "I have cellulite on my legs, stretch marks on my hips, butt, and breasts, and some jiggle on my belly — and the world constantly wants me to believe this is not OK."
Realizing the effect these ideal beauty standards have had on her life, the fitness guru is ready to start the new year on her own terms.
"I won't subscribe to someone else's standards and ideals for MY body," she says. "So, instead of embracing what someone else determined to be a flaw of mine, I choose to embrace my whole, flawless body." Even Beyoncè couldn't have said it better.