#ihavecellulite!

I ran across a brief post on Jezebel today about how Lauren Conrad feels that the paparazzi ruined going to the beach for her, because they took pictures of her in a bikini and OMZG you could see her cellulite (for the uninitiated, Ms. Conrad was a regular on a reality show about Laguna Beach, a wealthy town south of Los Angeles, and all of the, you know, rich people problems and hilarity that ensues as a result of said money. I’m not sure what else she was famous for, except she then got her own spin off and now makes clothes or something? anyway.) She says:

On [a recent] vacation to Cabo, I wore a bathing suit on the beach for the first time in years. Usually I’m just petrified. A couple of years ago someone zoomed in on my cellulite and it was so mean. I took it really personally. I haven’t worn a bathing suit in L.A. in years because of that.

So, yes, that is some sadness right there. She didn’t wear a bathing suit for YEARS because of a pic of some cellulite? Yes, sure, we could all wax sarcastic about “ohhh, it must be so hard to be a rich white blond girl who enjoys thin privilege!” but honestly? I’m mostly just sad. What in the fresh-hell kind of fucked up culture do we live in that people refuse to go to the beach when it’s warm out because they are so ashamed of something that nearly EVERY woman has? To be very clear, I don’t want to lambast folks who feel the same way as Lauren Conrad does. This is not your fault (cue Good Will Hunting clip). It isn’t. This is a god-damn sad illustration of just how good we are at shaming people about their bodies. It’s mind-boggling how good we are at it. Yay us!

So, as soon as I got home from work today, I snapped this pic.

It’s not the best shot of cellulite that ever existed, but you get the point. It’s certainly about as risque as I’ve ever gotten in terms of posting things to the interwebs (I know, I lead a very dangerous and salacious life, watch out). If I had more followers and was more savvy regarding social media, I’d try to make this “a thing,” but instead I’m just putting it out here in this little corner of the internet world. I will also be Tweeting it under #ihavecellulite! and I encourage any and all of you to do the same! Show us your cellulite! Because fuck this noise, people. It’s important that those of us who feel comfortable doing so help spread the word that cellulite isn’t something to be ashamed of. It doesn’t make you a bad person. It isn’t inherently evil. It’s part of us. So hug it or something!

12 responses to “#ihavecellulite!

  1. Like 90% of women have cellulite. It’s like making us feel ashamed for having feet!

    ….

    Which I guess they did in China….

    Carry on.

  2. You call that cellulite? Pfft! That’s nothing. Mine is worse than yours & it seems to be genetic. Heavy weight training, running, etc. nothing budges it.

    The Shamlan-esque twist? I’m smaller than you.. Like a size 8.

    • It’s interesting that you characterize your cellulite as “worse,” as that plays into the demonization of it that I am talking about. But I do think your point about cellulite looking different on every body, regardless of how much we weigh, is a good one.

  3. delightfully cheeky, friend!

  4. Lookin’ good!

    The fact that that was my reaction makes me wonder how much my cellulite seems more noticeable to me just because it’s on my body.

  5. Love it, girl! Let’s all celebrate all of our various bits and pieces! <3

  6. I’m still catching up on my reading. I have cellulite too – only you can’t see it under all the fat!

  7. i thought of this post today as i tried on some white jeans (yes, white jeans) that look like they were MADE for my body. i have a few lumps and bumps, sure – but i bought those bastards and plan on rocking the fuggouttathem.

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