The first time my 13-year-old eyes discovered the cellulite on my thighs I immediately ran to my mom wondering WTF it was and how to get rid of it. She assured me that most women in our family have cellulite, I didn't need to get rid of it, and everything was going to be OK.
Moms are always right. I haven't thought twice about my cellulite since that day. In fact, according to a study from the Scientific American, 93 percent of women have cellulite and it's mostly from genetics.
There might have been a time in your life when you were insecure about your cellulite too, and you might still be. But Kenzie Brenna, a 26-year-old Canadian vlogger and body activist is here to shut down those insecurities.
Last month, she posted her first #CelluliteSaturday picture on Instagram in hopes of starting a movement for other women to post every weekend with her. Why? So people can stop treating cellulite like it's something to be ashamed of or like a problem to get rid of. Even supermodels have cellulite. This movement is here to remind everyone that we should embrace every single feature of our bodies, cellulite and all.
Brenna recently told SELF that she's recovering from body dysmorphic disorder, a condition that pushes people to obsess over their body flaws for hours on end.
"I was so insecure about it, and I would foam roll specifically because I thought that was going to help," she said. "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 inspired her to be brave and push other women to get over their body insecurities too.
"I don’t see a lot of girls embracing their cellulite, which I know so many of us have," Brenna told SELF. "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."
Brenna also admitted that she was apprehensive to post her first #CellulliteSaturday photo. I mean, who wouldn't be? Speaking from personal experience here, baring your body for the world to see is hard as hell.
Some trolls took it upon themselves to message Brenna, offering her different methods to "get rid" of her cellulite. Others thanked her for helping them get over body insecurities and accept their bodies. They even posted their own #CelluliteSaturday photos.
"[Cellulite] isn't an indication of health, and it isn't an indication of self-worth," she told SELF. "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."
Major props to Brenna for spreading this important message of self-love. The world needs more of this. Scroll on for more #CelluliteSaturday photos of other badass women like Brenna unapologetically owning their flawless bodies.
Get it, girls!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.