Love Your Body

See how this woman's weekly photos help others accept their bodies

Like anyone else, Kenzie Brenna has her insecurities; one of them just happens to be cellulite.

But Brenna, 26, suspected she wasn't alone and that's why she launched #celluliteSaturday, a social media movement that encourages women to love and accept their bodies — thigh dimples and all.

"I was like, I wonder how many people really care about this," she told TODAY of the moment she decided to post a photo of her own cellulite on Instagram. "I hashtagged it as 'cellulite Saturday' and said, 'Can this be a thing?' And the response was so overwhelmingly good — so I said, 'Yes, this is a thing!'"

Brenna, who has nearly 28,000 followers on Instagram, is refreshingly honest in her posts.

"I can't truthfully say I love this part of my body yet, but I'm getting farther away from hating it," she wrote as part of the caption for one photo of her thighs.

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Now, women of all shapes and sizes are joining in and sharing their own cellulite snapshots and personal stories.

"I have everyone from fat activists to bikini competitors to 14-year-old girls expressing to me that they've always had cellulite, or they're just starting to have it," Brenna, an actress in Toronto, said. "They say it feels better to know that there's nothing wrong with them."

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Kenzie Brenna started the movement of women posting pictures of their cellulite on Instagram using #celluliteSaturday.

"(Cellulite) isn't an indication of poor health," she continued. "It literally doesn't mean anything! Cellulite is not biased toward one body type."

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Brenna has long used social media as an outlet for working through body-related issues, in hopes that talking about them will help other women feel less alone and, at the same time, help her better understand her own body and insecurities.

Decided to be brave and raw with you guys. No filters, no editing, no cropping out my unmade bed/messy room. This is me. If you don't know, #CelluliteSaturday is a thing started by the beautiful @omgkenzieee. 93% of women have cellulite!! And while that statistic says the majority of women have it, think about how many of us try to get rid of it. The presence of cellulite is largely genetic, and im sorry to tell you that any topical cream is not going to get rid of it. I would be lying if I said i haven't tried to get rid of mine. I carry cellulite largely on my thighs and butt, especially underneath my butt. I workout 5 days a week, I eat a balanced diet, I drink lots of water, I foam roll every now and then. All of these things are said to be able to help reduce the presence of cellulite. But guess what? Who gives a fuck? lol. Honestly though. There are SO many other things that could be and ARE "flawed" about me. And if I have the "flaw" of cellulite than so be it. These "flaws" say nothing about me as a person, or who I am. This "flaw" that the majority of women have is considered a "flaw" because of the standards set by the beauty industry. Go look in a magazine, or any sort of ad with women showing skin and tell me if you see cellulite. The one company I know of that doesn't retouch the models is @aerie. But other than that, smooth skin with no evidence of cellulite is the so-called standard. And as women we constantly see that and then assume there's something wrong with us that needs to be fixed. My point is that if you have cellulite, you are not abnormal!! You aren't "flawed!" YOU aren't CELLULITE. You have cellulite. Just like you have eye boogers, ear wax, body hair, BO, split ends, stretch marks, moles, skin discolorations, acne, etc. These don't define you. Your character, heart, sense of humor, ability to understand. Those things define you and who you are as a person. Give yourself a break ladies. Much love😘❤️ #Cellulite #StretchMarks #LoveYourself

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"I think that you can use social media as a distraction, or you can use social media as a tool, a way to open up to a community you might not have access to in everyday life," she said. "I use it to talk about my insecurities, or challenges that I'm facing, and so cellulite naturally came up because I've had it my whole life."

Putting yourself out there can be scary, but for Brenna, connecting with other women is well worth it.

"This is the best thing in the world to me," she said. "Being able to connect and talk about things that we're all going through, and then get to a better place."

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