Kenzie Brenna, a 26-year-old Canadian vlogger and body positive activist is changing the Instagram world one selfie at a time. The writer and aspiring vegan singlehandedly started the social media platform’s latest trending hashtag: #CelluliteSaturday.
Last month, Brenna posted her first #CelluliteSaturday photo in an effort to get other body positive women to join in and do it with her, and stop the stigma of cellulite. She is currently recovering from body dysmorphic disorder, a psychological condition that pushes people to obsess over their body flaws for hours at a time.
“I was so insecure about it, and I would foam roll specifically because I thought that was going to help,” she told Self in a recent interview. “I took Epsom salt baths, and I would dry massage the parts of my body that were really affected by cellulite. I would dry brush before the shower and purchased these [anti-cellulite] creams and I would rub them all over.”
Her recovery has since inspired her to put her insecurities on display, in hopes of helping other women get over their own.
“I don’t see a lot of girls embracing their cellulite, which I know so many of us have,” she said. “I thought [#CelluliteSaturday] might be a cute little slogan to put on a picture of me showing that I have cellulite. 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 it’s here and I’m going to try as best as I can to accept it.”
She continued, “[Cellulite] isn’t an indication of health, and it isn’t an indication of self-worth. I hope that when people click on the hashtag, they recognize [cellulite] is a part of our bodies that can be totally acceptable and we don’t have to get rid of it. This is just another aspect of having a physical body.”
So. Many. Feels. If we could all celebrate our bodies instead of bashing them and trying to get them to an ideal that doesn’t even exist, we’d be in a much better place. Check out the gallery below of #CelluliteSaturday photos and let’s celebrate all bodies.