Meet Kenzie Brenna, a 26-year-old Canadian body positive activist, actress, and writer who created the hashtag #CelluliteSaturday in an effort to normalize the dimples that many women are too embarrassed to show.
A few months ago, she started sharing photos in which she bares various parts of her body as a kind of therapy to help her recover from body dysmorphic disorder.
“I dont see a lot of girls embracing their cellulite, which I know so many of us have,” she told SELF. “Coming from a woman who goes to the gym five days out of the week and who eats a balanced diet, I still have cellulite and that’s something I want to show people. I may be uncomfortable with it, but its here and Im going to try as best as I can to accept it.”
Here’s a picture she posted last week:
In the caption, she explains the purpose of the hashtag and cites statistics to show how common eating disorders and body dysmorphia are, especially among girls and women.
She tried every supposed remedy for cellulite, from Epsom salt baths, to creams, to using a dry brush before a shower, foam rolling her cellulite before and after workouts, and even wrapping her body in coconut oil and coffee grinds.
Now, Brenna accepts her body the way it is and is inspiring others to do the same. The hashtag is slowly starting to gain traction as more women post photos of their bodies.
And for those who say it glorifies being a bit heavier, Brennas post underscores one key idea even if you want your body to change for healthy reasons, you dont have to hate it in the meantime.
This message is for women who crave acceptance, self-love and want appreciation for their bodies as they exist right now, Brenna wrote on Instagram.
It’s hard to argue with that.