Teen Girl Finds Her Confidence By Accepting Her Cellulite

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That dreaded “C” word. Every woman knows it, and every woman wants to avoid it. We’re talking about cellulite. Every day we’re bombarded with product advertising promising if we spend a tonne of money, we can banish that ugly, unsightly cellulite forever. Because we’re been taught to only view it as ugly, gross, and the opposite of sexy, right?

One teenager is defying all the odds by choosing to love her cellulite and inspiring others to do the same.

University of Iowa sophomore Victoria Erickson wrote a personal piece about her body image on The Manifest-Station blog titled ‘I like This Picture Of My Cellulite: A 19 Year Old’s Journey To Self-Acceptance’ and it got the attention of women far and wide.

The blog was posted on June 4th, and has since been covered by Yahoo! and the Today show. Why did it hit such a nerve with women? Because we all fight the same battle, but Victoria’s perspective was rather refreshing and, most importantly, empowering.

“The first thing I thought of when I saw this picture was how HAPPY I look: I’m jubilant, radiant, fresh home from my first year of college and ready to celebrate with my hometown best. And I should’ve stopped there. It could have been enough to admire the photograph, to rejoice in the photographer’s ability to capture the joy and carefree art of two friends catching up after a year apart. It should have been,” she writes.

“But instead, I let my subconscious take over. I let that little voice in the back of my head tell myself that “I wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t enough…or rather I was TOO much. I let the brainwashing, nerve damaging thoughts seep in and overwhelm my mind, allowing the thoughts to poison my spirit. My mentality went from You look HAPPY!! to Yeah, you look happy…but why? you’re fat. Followed by, don’t believe me? Just look at that lump of cellulite you call a leg take over the shot and deplete the image of any beauty there may have been. And the smile faded.”

She went on to write about the self-deprecating thoughts that took over after allowing herself to focus on one tiny part of the photo.

“When you look at this photo, you might see the sorrow of imperfection, the impression of one (or two) many visits to the all-you-can-eat-University cafeteria as I did at first glance. Or rather, you might see a young woman jubilant with friendship and conversation as I have now chosen to. That’s the wonderful part! I decided that it is what I -independent, strong & mighty me-decide to see, feel, and believe that counts.”

“Because I’m nineteen and I’ve had enough. No more to comparison and emotional affliction. No more distress caused by preconceived notions of body image. No more to any of it.”

“I decided that I love this honest and flawed picture so much so that I am going to embrace it, celebrate it, and yes, share it. Because I decided I would fight my demon and embody it because I didn’t -and don’t- have the time or energy to let it wear and tear me down anymore. Because it’s not important. And more so, because I hope when you look at yourself, whether in reflection or spirit, you do the same.”

Her words are our thoughts, and to hear them from a teen girl is so powerful. If only we all had the same measure of confidence at such a young age. Nevertheless, in this age of digital technology and instant gratification, it’s nice to know that a positive blog post can reach so many women in the hope that if they are struggling with the same issues, they will take heart knowing they have the power to rise up.

When you look at the photo above, all you see are two gorgeous women clearly having a great time in each other’s company. The only time you really notice the cellulite is after reading Victoria’s blog. Perhaps it is a lesson to us all that we shouldn’t allow the tiny insignificant flaws to be the main act of our day.

Accept them for what they are, embrace our bodies for what they look like and don’t give the negative messages in the media power over our thoughts. Victoria has proven that although it is a journey, we are capable of rising up as women if we don’t give up on ourselves.

Check out what she had to say to Savannah Guthrie on the Today show below:

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