Twenty-seven year old Kenzie Brenna is the latest Instsgrammer to join the battle for promoting body positivism! This Canadian is now being followed by more than 150,000 followers and this staggering number made one of her hashtags go viral. #CelluliteSaturday is something that people responded to very well.
In a nutshell, this beautiful and intelligent human being posts photos of her body as is, with an unflinching dedication towards the idea that the human form is perfect as long as it is carrying a soul that’s content with itself.
Here are my thoughts when I look at my least favourite part of my body. ———– “They’re not usually this noticeable.” “If you only had the money to get rid on them.” “They actually look kinda cool.” “Sorta like a the beginning of a story.” “More like the beginning of a LONG story.” “Would I erase my story to not have these?” “You’d probably be more comfortable without them.” “Would I truly though?” “Okay ask yourself the question.” “I don’t wanna.” “Just do it.” “Does this affect the quality of who I am?” “No.” “Would it make you a better person if you got rid of these marks?” “No.” “Would it make you kinder, more generous and a better lover if you had the money to erase them?” “No.” “Then you’re perfect.” “I don’t feel perfect.” “That’s cause perfect isn’t a feeling.” —— you guys get it you don’t have to be in love with yourself everyday, but I PROMISE if you practice self love you will have more loving moments with yourself than you could ever dream of. ☁️ KEEP DREAMING. KEEP LOVING. KEEP AT IT. #selflovebootcamp #loveyourself #beyourownkindofbeautiful
The caption on one of her recent photos attracted my attention. Namely, it’s the inner monologue we all have when we stare at the mirror and zoom in on our imperfections.
In this photo, she is ‘arguing’ with herself on her stretch marks. “Here are my thoughts when I look at my least favorite part of my body,” wrote Kenzie.
“They’re not usually this noticeable.”
“If you only had the money to get rid on them.”
“They actually look kinda cool.”
“Sorta like a the beginning of a story.”
“More like the beginning of a LONG story.”
“Would I erase my story to not have these?”
“You’d probably be more comfortable without them.”
“Would I truly though?”
If you look closely at this internal dialogue, you will notice the way it might make a person spiral down into self-doubt and other unnecessary feelings.
We constantly punish ourselves for the way we are since we’ve been conditioned by the media to do so the moment we fail to rise up to the beauty standards they’ve created, which by the way, are impossible to meet. Since they are constructed and fake!
And Kenzie knows this all too well.
Sometimes I feel like I need a BIG reason to post, like I need to make sure every single post as some type of educated, well thought out, articulated af article. But you know what?!!!!! Today I just wanna show you guys how much I LAVED these high waisted undies!!!! SRSLY, FUCKING LACE?! @aerie @aerie @aerie Really expecting @aerie to expand their sizing so that way more plus size babes can fit into their stuff!!! I’m a size L for those who will ask #beyourownkindofbeautiful #celluliteisokay #cellyonfleek #loveurbum #avocadocurves
On top of that, I just want to mention that this girl, knowingly or not, is teaching her followers the power of dialectical thinking as a behavioral therapy.
Dialectical behavioral therapy is a modified form of cognitive behavioral therapy that was developed in late 1980s by Marsha M. Linehan. The term “dialectical” means a synthesis or integration of opposites. The primary dialectic within DBT is between the seemingly opposite strategies of acceptance and change. Basically, you observe your emotions, but you do not give in to them readily.
You take a more mindful and constructive approach towards constructing your own truths and what works for you.
Deliberate positive thinking is also a great asset to overcome body-shamming trauma.
Another photo of hers shows an unaltered and altered photo of her.
The unaltered one reads: This photo has not been edited. The altered one reads: DISCLAIMER: this photo has been altered due to branding expectations. The caption reads: MEDIA LITERACY NEEDS TO HAPPEN.
This is a genius concept that I’ve been thinking a lot about. If only we can all push for a change in the way brands advertise their products a lot of body issues will be avoided. If only more women were informed that the famous model on the giant billboard that stares at them has been heavily edited.
‘You don’t have to be in love with yourself every day, but I PROMISE if you practice self-love you will have more loving moments with yourself than you could ever dream of,” Kenzie said.
Check her Instagram!