There are two beautiful works of art in this photo.⠀
One is a watercolor piece my son made for me when he was 5 years old. It serves as a daily reminder for me, as I face this mirror and get ready each morning.⠀
The second work of art is the woman in the mirror.
Sculpted by a life lived; Motherhood, diet culture addiction, binge-eating disorder recovery, movie snacks, gym sessions, and so much more!⠀
The smile painted there is genuine, but it wasn't always...⠀
I bought my first magazine at 12 years old, my first cellulite cream at 13, stretch mark cream soon after, and countless anti-aging creams since. MANY of which were from the very brand that recently advertised with "Dimples are cute on your face (not on your thighs).⠀
Truth be told, my thigh cellulite is the part of my body that bothers me more than anything else, because even after losing 80 pounds, I STILL had these frowned-upon dimples. I probably ALWAYS WILL. I've spent the majority of my life allowing my physical "flaws" impair my value. Some of you can't imagine what it takes to undo 25+ years of body dysmorphia.⠀
Every day, I use affirmations to work towards self love. I've made immense strides towards loving the work of art that is my body, and am appalled that this ad campaign was passed by a board of however many men and women, in an era of body positivity.⠀
So I raise my voice now, for those of you struggling with your dimples. You are not any less beautiful of a man or woman for having them. Don't waste your energy (or money) troubling over something so minute - I guarantee you have much larger things to invest yourself in.⠀
No matter how many of us dimpled, body-positive warriors speak up, diet culture and those magazine beauty standards will NEVER disappear. But we can make a difference... The company that released this ad listened to the outraged and removed the message from this and future campaigns.⠀
We can raise our children and ourselves to high standards of acceptance appreciation for all shapes and sizes. Focus on health over appearance and spread positivity. The future can be bright AND dimpled.
#bodypositivity #selflove #selfcaresunday #celluLIT #makeachange