The beauty of being a woman today is that there is so much to be worried about. Movies and models are telling us that to be valuable, we need to be beautiful, and to be beautiful, we need to have a thigh gap. Oh, and absolutely no cellulite. Your skin must be TAUT AT ALL TIMES.
Victoria Dariano, a bodybuilder and mental health advocate, wrote an open letter to one of her greatest insecurities: her butt dimple, a manifestation of cellulite that she's found to be a pain in the ass.
The post went viral, with over 27,000 resonating with embracing a body feature that made you anxious.
"Dear Butt Dimple, I remember the first day you appeared. I was 15 years old," she began. "Since then you have had a hugely negative impact on my life. Since then you have made me feel less about myself. You not only made me feel fat, but also unworthy."
Dariano wrote that the appearance of the butt dimple affected how she felt and what she wore:
I would never feel confident in a bikini because I thought everyone was staring at you. I would never wear my favorite leggings because again I always thought people were starting at you. Long shirts were my go-to as it was a way I could cover you up and have a moment of peace within my mind as no one would be judging you.
But now she's making peace.
"I will no longer be afraid to wear certain bathing suits or leggings because of you. I will no longer hide you. You are what you are and I have finally come to peace with that. I have finally accepted you," Dariano declares to the dimple.
Despite being super physically fit (she's a body builder, after all), Dariano has been anxious about her butt.
Cellulite is a common consequence of being a woman with skin, and having skin is important to being human.
As Dariano says, "Own those curves, own that cellulite, embrace that beautiful and simply womanly body!"