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What is cellulite? Why do I have it? Does it go away?

Pssst...do you feel it? The shift in our society. We've finally started to embrace different body types, which has been amazing. The world is becoming more body positive for women, especially with the evolution of stylish plus-sized clothing, un-retouched ad campaigns and more! While we've made great strides, sadly, there's still negativity surrounding cellulite. "What is it? How did I get? How do I make it go away?" are common questions that many girls ask—from as early as 11 years old! Read on for the 411 on cellulite and why it shouldn't be a big deal.

What is cellulite?
Cellulite is created when the fat deposits in your body push through the connective tissue beneath the skin. This creates the appearance of lumps and dimples on your thighs and booty. This can happen to both men and women, but it occurs more commonly in women. Want to know a fun fact? It's so common that 80-90% of women have it. So why worry when nearly every woman in the world has it? If you've got it, you're definitely not alone.

How do you get it?
Cellulite is genetic. So unless your parents don't have it, odds are you will. Some other causes that can enhance their appearance are dehydration, hormonal changes, lack of physical activity and thickness/color of your skin.

How do I get rid of it?
Unfortunately, you can't. Excercise helps reduce the appearance of it, but even Victoria's Secret models get it so no one is truly immune. Over-the-counter treatments may claim that they get rid of cellulite but they don't. A spray tan might reduce the appearance if you're that uncomfortable with it. Instead of focusing on the cellulite that's bothering you, why not focus on how awesome and strong your body is?

You look good anyway
Believe it or not, you still look amazing despite having something that nearly all women have. Don't waste your time stressing on this. If anything, just excercise and eat healthy for yourself.  Body positive models like Ashley Graham and Iskra have been vocal about not having their bodies photoshopped. They leave their cellulite in their photos, and you know what? They're still taking the modeling world by storm.

How do you plan on promoting body positivity? Let us know in the comment section below!

We want to hear from you! Send us your weirdest body questions here (seriously, we'll answer anything!) and it just might get featured.

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by Andrea Ruano | 3/31/2018
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