//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js While the body positive movement encourages you to come to terms and be comfortable with all aspects of your body type and shape, it doesn’t encourage an unhealthy lifestyle. Even in Graham’s Instagram post, she writes “I work out. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I’m in. And I’m not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite .. and you shouldn’t be either.” In other words, do everything you can to reduce the appearance of cellulite and don’t let it affect your self-image, or self-esteem.
As a woman, how would you feel if you were five feet, nine inches tall and weighed over 200 pounds? It’s probably as far from the ‘runway model’ stereotype a you can get. Yet it’s the height and weight of one of the most famous fashion models in the world. If you haven’t heard of Ashley Graham, you’re probably not trying. Best known as a lingerie model for plus-sized fashion retailer, Lane Bryant, Graham has a long list of high profile engagements to her credit, including appearing on the covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour and Elle; starring in a Levi’s ad campaign; and TV appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Entertainment Tonight and CBS News. And she was the first plus-sized model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. But, if Ashley Graham has popped up on your radar only recently, it probably has little or nothing to do with those amazing accomplishments, and more to do with her cellulite. Or at least her willingness to flaunt her cellulite and encourage everyone who stresses over their cellulite to stop doing so. We’ve told you before about the body positive movement and the idea of having a more positive attitude about your cellulite. And Ashley Graham has been a leading force for the movement on social media and the internet, particularly on her Instagram account, where the account profile tells everyone that she is a ‘Body Activist’. In one of the most recent posts to receive an extra dash of publicity, Graham uploaded a close-up image of her thigh, cellulite dimples and all, while she relaxed on a beach in the Philippines: