Over the past year, there’s been a surge in women (celebrities included) flaunting their natural beauty both online and IRL, basically telling the world to accept them as they are. (Praise!) Now the movement has evolved beyond just #nomakeup—to cellulite.
More and more women are getting real about the little dimples that dot their bodies, with the hope of breaking the stigma and the society-imposed belief that you’re supposed to keep them hidden—after all, roughly 90 percent of women have cellulite.
Last night, the raven-haired musician posted a photo of herself in shorts—with every inch of her upper thighs in full view—advising women to come to terms with their own insecurities.
“This photo is in solidarity with all the women ashamed of their legs out there because we’ve been conditioned to think that cellulite is gross and abnormal.”
“It doesn’t matter how many mountains I climb or squats I do,” she writes, “I can’t get rid of mine. It’s long been a source of embarrassment and frustration for me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn tights or pants on hot days or asked a photographer to only shoot me from my hips up. I know it’s nothing to be ashamed of but without fail I crop my bare legs out of 99% of photos. So here’s just one those of many photos where my thighs didn’t get cropped.”
After giving a proud shoutout to her friend Chrissy Mahlmeister (a writer at Buzzfeed), who penned a piece in defense of cellulite (“You can’t spell cellulite without “u lit,” she wrote), Krauss decided to add to the convo: “This photo is in solidarity with Chrissy and all the women ashamed of their legs out there because we’ve been conditioned to think that cellulite is gross and abnormal.”
Krauss isn’t alone in this: Beauty blogger Kenzie Brenna has been the leading force behind social media’s #CelluliteSaturday, and model Ashley Graham’s recently tried to put cellulite on her curvy Barbie (it was vetoed, but her thighs do touch).
And you could be next—as Krauss writes on Instagram, “Maybe next time you post a picture of yourself show off those hot legs!!”