A lot of us have a love-hate relationship with Instagram. On one hand, it’s a great place to share pictures and keep up to date with what our friends are doing. But on the other, Instagram can be a huge hit to your self-esteem, with the thousands of photo-edited pictures and idealized bodies to stumble upon. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see celebrities such as Ashley Graham, Chrissy Teigen, Hilary Duff, and more show off their natural bodies and give a huge middle finger to societal beauty standards.
The times are slowly but surely changing. Thin, cellulite-free bodies have long been the ideal. Now, people are embracing all different kinds of bodies, and that’s something we can jump on board with. To inspire you to embrace your stretch marks and cellulite, we’re showcasing 10 celebrities who showed them off on Instagram. See the empowering pictures ahead.
In 2017, the "Top Chef" host saluted a patch of stretch marks on her upper thigh with the caption, "Hey stretch" strategically placed on her leg.
The model has never been shy to show off her body—cellulite and all. One of the most empowering times was when she posted this picture of her vacationing in the Phillippines, where she encouraged her followers to embrace their "lumps, bumps, [and] cellulite" by showing off hers.
"I workout. 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.#beautybeyondsize #lovetheskinyourein," she wrote.
The "Lip Sync Battle" cohost is one of the most relatable people on the internet. So she's always been cool with showing an unfiltered view of her life, like when she posted this picture of her stretch marks while lounging on her couch. Teigen has also shown off her stretch marks on Twitter and on Snapchat, so her fans are well acquainted with them.
After she was body-shamed for her cellulite on a vacation in Hawaii, the "Younger" actress took matters into her own hands by Instagramming a picture of her in a swimsuit with her stretchmarks and cellulite in full view. Duff dedicated her Instagram to moms like her who are constantly under scrutiny for their bodies. The actress also gave tabloids a piece of her mind for calling her cellulite and stretch marks "flaws."
"Since websites and magazines love to share 'celeb flaws' - well I have them!" she wrote.
Because the comedian has no time for trolls who body-shame her cellulite, she called them out on Instagram with a picture where her cellulite was in full view, and she didn't give one F. The picture, which also showed Schumer's cool-ass back tattoo, included a sassy-yet-kind caption directed at her body-shamers.
"The audacity of hips. #mytattooissocoolandidontregretgettingitat18 #celluliteformyhomies #militantbun#brotherinlawforweeks#thegirlwiththelowerbacktattoo#sendinglovetotrollslifewillgetbetter#iloveyoi," she wrote.
The "Girls" creator gave a huge thank-you to Glamour magazine for not airbrushing, Photoshopping, or retouching her cellulite on Dunham's January 2017 cover. The picture, which also included Dunham's "Girls" costars, featured her in shorts, allowing fans to see and take in her cellulite.
In an empowering Instagram, Dunham thanked Glamour for leaving her body as is. "Today this body is on the cover of a magazine that millions of women will read, without photoshop, my thigh on full imperfect display," she wrote. "Thank you to @glamourmag for letting my cellulite do the damn thing."
Rose is one of the most carefree celebrities on social media, so it should come as no surprise that she proudly showed off her cellulite and stretch marks in front of her millions of followers. In a video on her Instagram, Rose panned the camera to her waist, giving her fans a clear view of her cellulite and stretch marks. She even added a heart-eyes emoji, so her fans knew that the "flaws" were nothing to fret over.
Like our girl Ashley Graham, Tran referenced a Kendrick Lamar lyric in this picture. The "Claws" actress, who used a lyric from Lamar's "Humble" in her Instagram caption, wasn't afraid to post this Instagram, where fans could see a patch of stretch marks on her ass.
Seems like Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" has done a lot for body positivity. Like Ashley Graham and Karrueche Tran, Rowland also cited the song in an Instagram, where she was unashamed of the stretch marks and cellulite on her ass and thigh. The picture, which was captioned with "'B!T@H BE HUMBLE' -@KendrickLamar," showed the Destiny's Child member's backside, which gave fans a full glimpse of her unretouched body.
When the former "Bachelorette" first saw this picture of her with cellulite, she cried to her fiancé. Then, after realizing that she had to accept the same body positivity she preaches, Bristowe shared the picture on her Instagram, encouraging her followers to embrace their cellulite too.
"So I took a moment, and remembered a time on my podcast when I said, “dimples are cute on your face, so why cant they be cute on your ass.” So here are my cute leg dimples, where I was speaking at an event called #unapologeticallyher . I’m not sorry for my cellulite in this photo, therefor I refuse to edit it out. #Realstagram," Bristowe wrote.