Charli Howard is doing her bit for body positivity, again…
Remember back in 2015 when a model called out her modelling agency for saying she was 'too big' and 'out of shape' to work in the fashion industry at a size 6-8? Well, she’s back — and being badass again.
The British model, writer and body activist posted a beautiful black and white picture of her upper legs and bum with — shock horror — cellulite.
She explained her reason for the picture in the caption: ‘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. 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. 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. 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” #iamallwoman @allwomanproject @heatherhazzan’. [sic]
Unsurprisingly, her braveness has been met with positivity — it's so far received over 9,700 likes and commenters are calling her an ‘inspiration’ and thanking her for being ‘real’.
It’s not the first time Charli has posted body positive messages to her 65.8 Instagram followers. Just a few weeks ago, she shared a split picture of herself comparing her fuller figure with a time when her 'gums were always bleeding, hair was falling out, periods didn't come etc’.
May Charli inspire more people to speak out against 'ridiculous, unobtainable beauty standards' and to spread the word that it is very much not the norm...