Ex-bodybuilder sends a image viral of her bum to represent curvy women
A curvy former bodybuilder whose snap of her bum has gone viral on social media claims she wants to show that cellulite, love handles or extra pounds are not ‘flaws’
US fitness blogger Molly Galbraith, from Lexington, Kentucky, is taking a stance against the popular ‘body confidence’ message that women should accept and embrace their insecurities.
This is because the 32-year-old rejects the idea women should strive for the perfect body – and said she was not the one who decided cellulite, muffin tops or wobbly bits were ‘flaws’ in the first place.
Molly, who is 5ft 10in and weighs 12st 1lbs, said: “So many women are at war with their bodies and it’s so tragic because I feel like they are so consumed with the size of their thighs that they miss out on living their life.
“For me to hear that women are literally sitting on the sidelines because they think there is something fundamentally wrong with their bodies is just heartbreaking.
“I agreed with the ’embrace your flaws’ narrative for decades and I let it run through my head like a broken record while punishing myself with intense exercise and restrictive dieting to fix those things the world told me needed fixing.
“I have cellulite on my legs, stretch marks on my hips, butt, and breasts, and some jiggle on my belly — and the world constantly wants me to believe this is not OK.
“But I won’t subscribe to someone else’s standards and ideals for MY body.
So, instead of embracing what someone else determined to be a flaw of mine, I choose to embrace my whole, flawless body.”
In the viral social media snap, Molly can be seen wearing black gym wear which leaves her bottom exposed as she looks into a mirror and applies mascara.
Her post, in which she explains why she is not embracing her flaws or imperfections in 2017, has racked up nearly 12,000 likes and shares to date.
Molly said it was this realisation which inspired her to launch fitness movement Girls Gone Strong, which encourages women to be body positive through nutrition and self-care.
In January this year, a snap of Molly in a bikini went viral when she challenged women to post unretouched pictures of themselves flaunting their cellulite and stretch marks.
In her latest post, she wrote: “I’m NOT embracing my flaws in 2017.Why? Because I’m not the one who decided they were flaws to begin with.
“That narrative was handed to me as a very young girl. It’s a narrative that made me feel self-conscious and like I was bigger than all of the other girls.
“It’s a narrative that made me feel ashamed of, embarrassed by, and apologetic for my body.”