— Love Your Lovely Self

This model shared a picture of her cellulite to remind us it's both natural and normal

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Let’s talk about cellulite. A lot of us have it, but it’s often in places we don’t really showcase. And while it makes us feel bad at times, it’s important to know that even models have cellulite. If you want proof, look no further than Charli Howard.

Howard is aย Muse model as well as the co-founder of the All Woman Project, which inspires women to share powerful pictures with the hashtag of #iamallwoman. And in Howard’s recently talked-about photo, she’s embracing womanhood in a pretty incredible way. She’s accomplished a lot at the ripe ol’ age of 26.

This isn’t Howard’s first time standing up for women who feel body-shamed.ย Really, she’s an inspiration for women everywhere.

They say do something each day that scares you, so re-posting this is mine for the day. Despite the fact I speed walk everywhere, squat, run and occasionally do @pure_barre, I'm still left with cellulite. I went to an all-girls' boarding school and really used to envy the girls in my class who seemingly had none, and whose bodies looked, to me, nothing less than perfect. Whenever I opened magazines, the models and celebrities I saw didn't have cellulite either - and if they did, they were shamed in the tabloids because of it, or knocked off their perch by nasty journalists who probably have it themselves. (Note: fuck you.) As a result, I felt like my cellulite was shameful, or an oddity. It wasn't until I got older and saw other women's bodies that I realised HOW BLOODY NATURAL IT IS. โœ”๏ธ It's nothing to be ashamed of. Your boyfriend isn't gonna care if you have it, and if he does, dump him for his mate. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป Just kidding (or am I?). Don't get me wrong - my cellulite isn't my favourite part of my body, nor is it something I shout from the rooftops about. But I know it doesn't make me any less ugly, or is something I need to feel embarrassed about. โœ–๏ธ So don't let it make you feel that way, either! In the words of my old pal Kendrick Lamar, "Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks" ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ #iamallwoman @allwomanproject @heatherhazzan

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Her words about cellulite are incredibly real. We often feel the same way about it.

“Despite the fact I speed walk everywhere, squat, run and occasionally do @pure_barre, I’m still left with cellulite,” she wrote.

In Howard’s eyes, posting the photo was scary โ€” because it’s a side of her that people rarely see. She admitted that she only realized that many women have cellulite until later in life. Prior to, she thought it was something to be ashamed of.

“It wasn’t until I got older and saw other women’s bodies that I realised HOW BLOODY NATURAL IT IS,” she noted. “It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Your boyfriend isn’t gonna care if you have it, and if he does, dump him for his mate.”

(Have we mentioned how much we love this woman?)

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Of course, we also love the fact that Howard isn’t shouting from the rooftops about her cellulite. Instead, she’s developed a very real, very healthy relationship with it. She’s not in love with it, but feels like it’s nothing women should feel bad about. It is what it is. And really, it’s refreshing that she thinks that way โ€” it only makes her more relatable.

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Next time you’re feeling a little nervous about your body, consider taking Howard’s approach.ย To the ladies, remember โ€” you’re all woman.

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