Iskra Lawrence Wants Women To Show Off Their Cellulite On Social Media

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All hail Iskra Lawrence. The 28-year-old Aerie model has long been a figure in the body positive movement, and she is now inspiring women in a whole new way. Lawrence recently took to her Instagram to proudly show off her cellulite in a bright pink swimsuit, including the hashtag #CelluLIT (clever, right?). Thousands of others have since joined in on her mission to celebrate their cellulite, and the result is so incredibly powerful.

“Oh hey #celluLIT…Today and everyday I’m sharing my AerieREALism!” Lawrence began her caption. “To me that’s getting to such a comfortable place with myself that I don’t care what anyone thinks of me…Life’s so much easier when you live it for YOU, Not for someone else’s beauty ideal, someone else’s validation, or a socially constructed perfection. Being you and doing you is always enough.”

The model also shared that she’s currently on day six of a “no makeup challenge,” further proving her dedication to embracing the skin she’s in. The post ended with Lawrence encouraging others to post photos of themselves loving their bodies, cellulite and all. There are now nearly 18,600 posts with the hashtag #CelluLIT, all from people sharing their own unique journeys with confidence.

One user detailed her years of trying to cover up and smooth her cellulite, only to come to terms with it. “The truth is, nothing will smooth my stems, and that’s okay,” she writes. “No mark, scar, lump, or bump will ever get me to cover up again. So here they are, in their cell-u-lit glory, my pale thunder thighs are stepping out for the season.”

It’s estimated that cellulite affects up to 95 percent of women, regardless of shape or size, and the lumps and bumps occur due to basic anatomy and hormones. While there are way you can improve the appearance of cellulite, albeit temporarily, dimpled skin is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

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I spent so many years hiding my thighs because I felt so much shame about my cellulite. I spent summers sweltering in jeans, insisting I was comfortable, simply because I didn’t dare slip on shorts and show the world the truth. I’ve slathered creams, tried exercises, and even spent a very uncomfortable hour wrapped in serum and saran wrap in hopes of “improving the texture” – but the truth is, nothing will smooth my stems, and that’s okay. No mark, scar, lump, or bump will ever get me to cover up again. So here they are, in their cell-u-lit glory, my pale thunder thighs are stepping out for the season. 🦵🏻🦵🏻🦵🏻🦵🏻🦵🏻#iammyownbodygoals #mybodyisseasonless #honoryourcurves #celebratemysize #visiblyplussize #fatfashion #fatshion #plussize #cellulite #cellulit #thickthighssavelives #thunderthighs #bopo #bopowarrior #bodypositive #bodypositivity #selflove #summerstyle2019 #summerstyle #plussizesummer #jeanshorts #summerbody

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One user called out the fact that cellulite is normal and often has nothing to do with weight. “I lost 100 pounds and got cellulite! IT’S NORMAL!” she wrote alongside a mirror selfie showing off her thigh dimples.

 

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CelluLIT. Thank you @mikzazon for always sharing body positivity pics! I love her page SO much! . 90% of woman have cellulite! YEP! Even those fitness models that you are comparing yourself to have cellulite. I’ve lost 100lbs and I got cellulite! 🙋‍♀️ . IT’S NORMAL! Here’s some facts: 1. CELLULITE MAY BE IN YOUR GENES It’s true that cellulite runs in families; if your mother and grandmother had cellulite, you have a better chance of also developing it. #thanksmom . 2. CREAMS DON’T WORK LONG TERM Despite what you might read on their labels, no topical creams—prescription or over-the-counter—have been shown to permanently reduce the appearance of cellulite. Studies have found, however, that products containing retinoids (labeled as retinol over-the-counter) may provide some temporary effects by creating a thicker skin cover that can help camouflage bumps. 3. TIGHT CLOTHES MAKE CELLULITE GO AWAY FOR GOOD Yes, wearing compression-style leggings while you exercise can reduce thigh jiggle as you move—but it’s only a temporary effect and you’re unlikely to see any change after you strip down post-workout. Elastic bands on underwear, for example, can actually contribute to the appearance of cellulite if they cut off circulation and limit blood flow. 4. CELLULITE IS NOT FAT Don’t get the two confused: Cellulite is just the dimples and bumps that are seen when fat is divided into tiny pockets in the skin #cellulite #celluLIT #celluliteisnotaflaw #cellulitebooty #celluliteisnormal #bodypositive #bodypositivity #aeriereal #weightlossjourney #weightlossupport #eatingdisorderrecovery #eatingdisordersurvivor

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Another reminded us of an ever-important message: “Swimsuit season is here and I wanted to remind ya’ll that every body is beautiful and perfect in their own ways,” she wrote.

Hats off to these beautiful ladies and to Lawrence for continuing the important conversation of self-love and acceptance. #CelluLIT

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