Sophie Turner almost didn’t post this photo on Instagram. The Scottish plus-size model, 22, hated how the picture, a behind-the-scenes snap from a recent photo shoot, emphasized her cellulite.
“When I first saw the picture I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s horrible,’” Turner told TODAY Style. “I thought it was a really bad picture.”
But after a while, Turner realized that by sharing the picture, she could send a powerful reminder to her more than 260,000 followers that cellulite is totally normal and should never be a source of shame.
“I thought, ‘Why should I hide it?’” she said. “Most women have it.”
So Turner, who now lives in New York, posted the photo along with a message about embracing your body, cellulite and all.
“It’s natural for us ladies to have cellulite and we need to stop seeing it as disgusting or ugly,” she wrote in the post, which has been liked more than 13,500 times. “Yes we all want smooth skin but we also need to accept reality!”
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“I’ve had cellulite since I was about 12, which is normal,” she continued. “After living with something for a decade it’s all a part of being me!”
Turner’s post struck a chord with her fans and many people praised her for sharing the honest picture and message.
“Can’t thank you enough for your courage, your leadership and making a stand for the millions of us full-figure beauties,” one supporter commented.
“What a fabulous role model for young girls!” another fan wrote. “So much pressure on young girls today that they should look a certain way rather than embrace how they actually look. Well done … you are beautiful.”
Unfortunately, there were also some negative comments in the mix. While Turner says she’s usually able to ignore the haters, she was particularly annoyed when a few people accused her of “promoting obesity or an unhealthy diet” with the post.
“They don’t know what I’m eating,” she said. “They act like I’m just eating McDonald’s, but actually I have a reasonable diet.”
And cellulite has nothing to do with health or fitness, she pointed out.
“I do work out about five days a week. A few years ago, I used to be at it constantly,” she said. “And even though I lost weight, the cellulite stayed. It’s just something that I’ve always had, and I’ve learned to accept it.”
The positive comments outweigh the negative ones, though, and Turner hopes that by opening up about her own body image, she can help other young women feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Turner has a message for other young women struggling to accept their own cellulite: “Everybody has it, it’s natural, it’s not something we don’t know about,” she said. “Even babies have cellulite … it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy.”
While Turner still has moments of insecurity, being open and honest about her journey has made her confident.
“I’m still learning to love (my cellulite) and not hate it,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s a slow road to self-love but it’s the best thing you can do for your confidence and mental health.”
Plus size model shows off ‘cellulite and belly rolls’ for a very vital reason
Social media has changed.
It went from Bebo stunnahz, to Facebook stalking, and now, it is commonly used for self-empowerment.
One plus-sized model, Sophie Turner, posted an important picture of herself on Instagram to highlight why women shouldn’t be angry with their bodies.
In the post, she explains that she was at a photoshoot, and when she saw pictures of her cellulite, she was angry with herself.
“I done a photoshoot yesterday and these are some behind the scenes pictures – I was angry when I seen this pic because Of my cellulite – It was on my mind but why should it?
“I am more than #cellulite I am more than the #bellyrolls and the #backfat and #celluliteisnormal!
“It’s natural for us ladies to have cellulite and we need to stop seeing it as disgusting or ugly. Yes we all want smooth skin but we also need to accept reality!
“It’s all apart of being me! And I’m still learning to love it and not hate it- it’s a slow road to #selflove but it’s the best thing you can do for your confidence and mental health.”
We think Sophie hits an important point here – we all want better skin, better hair, a better body – but we need to accept ourselves for who we are, and love ourselves no matter what.
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This Plus-Size Model Is Determined to Stop Seeing Her Cellulite As Ugly
Ninety percent of all women have cellulite. But thanks to perfect lighting, thought-out angles, and photo editing, we hardly ever see any on social media. Even Scottish plus-size model Sophie Turner was shocked when she saw this photo of herself accentuating her cellulite. She recently opened up about struggling to accept this so-called “flaw.” (Related: This Might Make You Feel Better About Cellulite)
“I was angry when I this pic because of my cellulite,” Sophie wrote on Instagram. “It was on my mind but why should it ? I am more than cellulite I am more than the belly rolls and the back fat and cellulite is normal!” (Related: Katie Willcox Wants You to Know That You’re So Much More Than What You See In the Mirror)
After coming to this realization, Sophie decided to post this picture on social media as a way to accept and embrace every part of her body. “It’s natural for us ladies to have cellulite and we need to stop seeing it as disgusting or ugly,” she said. “Yes we all want smooth skin, but we also need to accept reality. I’ve had cellulite since I was about 12, which is normal. After living with something for a decade it’s all a part of being me.”
That said, Sophie will be the first to tell you that getting to this point of self-acceptance is anything but easy. (Related: This Yoga Guru Wants You to Stop Picking Out Your Flaws)
“I’m still learning to love it and not hate it,” she says. “It’s a slow road to self-love but it’s the best thing you can do for your confidence and mental health.” Agree, girlfriend, agreed.
Supermodel Hunter McGrady is making 2020 “fearless” with a swimsuit post that amplifies her curves — and her cellulite.
The 26-year-old beauty, once named Sports Illustrated’s ‘Curviest Model Ever,’ was true to form on Instagram Thursday, posing on the beach in a black one-piece swimsuit. “Cus cellulite is cool too bodies are meant to change with you, move a little different and look different,” she wrote. “We’re so predisposed as humans to want to go with the grain and change ourselves to fit inside a pristine box in order to be accepted. Real change happens outside of our comfort zones. So many of us let Fear hold us back from doing things we love or loving ourselves because we think we won’t measure up.”
Defining fear as “False Evidence Appearing Real,” the model added, “We get into our heads and allow fear to control us and tell us what we lack and what we aren’t. Let’s make sure to make this year a fearless one.”
McGrady has started 2020 with optimism and confidence. Anticipating her fourth appearance in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, shot in Bali, she recently posted a throwback outtake from last year’s Costa Rican shoot.
And in a November preview, McGrady posed in a black-and-gold bikini. “Can’t wait for you guys to see this issue,” she wrote on Instagram. “Keep on rocking that body of yours and remember You are ENOUGH as you are RIGHT. NOW.”
The model, who is still a newlywed — in June, she married Brian Keyes, whom she reportedly met on Snapchat after dating for less than two years — also graced the fall issue of The Knot. McGrady told Good Morning America that owning the cover as a plus-size woman was secondary to how her image was presented.
“My whole platform is inclusivity and there’s nothing on that’s like, ‘This is a plus-size model.’ It’s a model on the cover of a magazine,” McGrady told GMA in July. “My whole message is promoting that and getting that narrative out there that we should all feel seen and all feel beautiful regardless of our size.”
McGrady has stood for that since she stopped dieting as a young model. At 15-years-old and a size 4, she was told to lose weight by industry professionals, and in 2017, she shared with People that she was once sent home from a modeling job after being told, “We didn’t realize you were this big.”
McGrady explained, “And I was so upset, and so livid, that I was getting picked at, already, at just a young 16 years old.”
The model’s fans are on her team — McGrady’s “inspiring” swimsuit photo was liked more than 12,000 times. “You’re amazing!!!” one follower wrote. “And I needed to hear this.”
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