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Instagram Swimwear Model Gets Real About Cellulite

maariyah.qazi 27 Dec 2018

Ah, Instagram. One of the many different places one can venture on the web to get a healthy dose of crippling self-doubt.

If you're unfamiliar with the landscape of the app, here's a little summary to help you understand the weight of the story at hand.

On Instagram, aesthetics rule all.

Whether you are a regular user like most, or an aspiring photographer with a keen eye, nothing matters more to those using the app than how your photos look on their feed.

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And while most of us can get by with cute shots of ourselves at music festivals...

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Those who identify as professionals, or who have a significant following on the app, are held to much higher expectations.

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Instagram models in particular are some of the most popular accounts on the app.

Most likely because of their aesthetically pleasing photos, but also because of their rockin' bods'.

In fact, these people are so good looking, and their photos are so nice, that it literally makes people, particularly women, hate their own bodies.

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Enter Arielle Nyssa – Insta-bae and swimsuit model.

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Upon first glance, she's a gorgeous gal with an awesome bod' to top it all off.

But in a recent post, she addresses body-shaming, cellulite, and the constant need to look and feel flawless – a feeling that is perpetuated by Instagram.

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Arielle opens the discussion with a simple statement, "I receive many comments about my cellulite and cellulite in general."

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She mentions the assumptions made about her body, "'you only have cellulite because you are lazy,' 'If you have cellulite that means you are unhealthy'."

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Then she gets real: "Years ago I hated my cellulite."

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"I was so insecure about it and as a result I made it my number one priority to tackle what most of society deems as an 'unhealthy, unattractive flaw.'"

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"I cut out all foods that I loved, I ran and ran on a treadmill and only ever did cardio at the gym."

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She continued, "Throughout this time I was constantly tired, my immune system was poor and my mental health and self worth were at an all time low."

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"After years of trying different diets, starving myself and only doing cardio, I stopped and thought about what cellulite is."

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"Why does it make me 'unattractive.' And you know the conclusion I came too (sic)? IT DOESN'T.

"Cellulite doesn’t make you any less beautiful. It isn’t a representation of your health and it DEFINITELY shouldn’t stop you from loving yourself."

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"So here’s little old me and my cellulite once again to remind you of how rare and AMAZING our bodies are. Cellulite or not."

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Arielle's message was heard loud and clear across Instagram – and amassed a whopping 14, 000+ likes already.

We're so here for her message, and for everything this post stands for!

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