Ariella Nyssa has cellulite – and she has no reason to hide it.
The Australian-based swimwear and social factor model said that she is often criticized by cellulite, which is one of her 159,000 followers. On Wednesday, she opened her journey to self-acceptance.
"Years ago, I hated my cellulite," she said, adding that she was "unsure." She felt compelled to change her body. (See: This Instagrammer explains why it is so important to love your body the way it is)
"I have made it a top priority to fight what most people consider" unhealthy, unattractive "Consider" vulnerability, she said. She renounced her favorite foods and spent hours running cardio and running on the treadmill, but that made her tired and weak. "My immune system was bad, and my mental health and self-esteem were at an all-time low," she said.
But then she had a realization. "I stopped and thought about what cellulite is. Why does it make me "unattractive"? And you know the conclusion I came to? It does not.
Despite comments such as "You only have cellulite because you are lazy" and "If you have cellulite, it means you are unhealthy," Nyssa has finally come to love her body. (See: This fitness model, which has become a body image advocate, is now happier that it is less fit.)
"Cellulite does not make you any less handsome. It is not a representation of your health and it should NOT FINALLY prevent you from loving yourself. I'm going to the gym a lot more than I used to, but now I'm just doing weight training. I eat moderately and am the healthiest I have ever had physically and mentally. And I still have cellulite! It is almost impossible to obtain a completely airbrushed and smooth body, and it does not depict your beauty. "
One day before, Nyssa shared similar body-positive thoughts after observing that beach visitors showed signs of insecurity: "Girls who wear shirts and pants cover up their curvier bodies. Women constantly look around for someone to watch as they quickly pull off their towel to run into the water. "
" I used to be one of these people, "she admitted. "I lay flat on my back to keep my stomach as flat as possible. I once wore shirts and shorts because I was ashamed of my body. I was constantly searching my surroundings in a state of paranoia where people were staring and analyzing my so-called "mistakes". I was ashamed of my body because I thought my body was ugly. (Connected: People who asked this woman why she did not have cellulite – so she responded with such a raw photo)
She ended the post by encouraging people to give up this kind of negative self-speech. "Your body deserves to be loved by you, and you deserve to be RELIABLE."
This story was originally published on People.com by Stephanie Emma Pfeffer.