Here’s Why This Marathon Runner Decided To Share Her Cellulite Photos
by Macaela Mackenzie; photography courtesy of Dorothy Beal
“Far too many of us let a single photo steal joy.”
Aside from freakishly photogenic running guy, most of us don’t look like graceful Baywatch babes when we run. But looking good is not the point of a race. As one marathoner powerfully showed with a super body-positive Instagram this month.
Dorthy Beal, a 32-time marathoner (!!), blogger, and running coach based in Virginia shared two side-by-side photos on the Women’s Running account, which she reposted to her personal Instagram account. “Both of these race photos were taken on the same day at the same race,” she wrote. “In one I looked happy and strong and in the other I was left questioning if there was a part of my body that didn’t have cellulite.
“I think we can all agree that we are worth more than a photo captured at a race. Far too many of us let a single photo steal joy,” she added. “It’s a single photo and we need to take back any power that photo steals.”
Even though 90 percent of women have cellulite, it still can have power over our self-esteem. Commenters shared their own similar experiences in support of Beal’s message. “I had the same thing after my first race I hated how I looked in the photos but I just remember what a feat it was! Glad I’m not the only one it momentarily got down,” one commenter wrote. “I so related to this! I have to remind myself that despite the dimples and wrinkles, this is probably the strongest I’ve ever been,” wrote another.
As the creator of #IHaveARunnersBody, Beal shares a lot of body-positive posts encouraging women to be proud of what their bodies can do.
Beal is one of many women using their platform to get real about their body “imperfections.” Supermodel Ashley Graham shared a photo of her cellulite in in February. Saying she was proud of her “lumps and bumps,” while fitness blogger Anna Victoria shared candid photos of her belly rolls. Let us hope that 2017 continues to be such a body-positive year!
Despite how normal having cellulite is, women are still shamed. When they share pictures of themselves in which their cellulite is visible. Read about this fitness trainer’s deleted cellulite photo is body goals.
This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com