Kenzie Brenna is all about promoting self-love, although the body-positive blogger admittedly has days when she questions her love for her least favorite part of her body.
The Toronto native recently posted two revealing side-by-side shots on Instagram, where she bared her stretch marks while wearing tight jeans and a black lace crop top. She details the conversation she has with herself about her appearance, and it’s not entirely positive.
“They’re not usually this noticeable. If you only had the money to get rid on them,” she said she thought to herself while peering at the marks, before deciding to focus on something positive. “They actually look kinda cool. Sorta like a the beginning of a story.”
The contradictory thoughts concerning her “flaws” pingponged back and forth in Brenna’s head — something that many of us can relate to. Brenna encourages women to keep moving forward and to not dwell on moments where you don’t accept yourself.
“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,” she added, before reminding her nearly 150,000 followers to keep dreaming and loving themselves.
In an interview with Yahoo, Brenna says she posts these messages because she wishes that she heard them as a teenager.
“I wish I had someone telling me it was OK to be myself and that I was going to be loved regardless. I hope a girl sees my message and I save her from a moment of hating herself. I hope she can look down and say, ‘This is OK,’ instead of ‘This needs to change.'”
The actress and YouTube star has publicly opened up about her extreme weight loss and the resulting sagging skin. She decided to forgo plastic surgery and #embracethesquish — a viral movement that encourages women to embrace their bodies and stop seeing them as flawed.
Brenna, who connects with other women who struggle with body acceptance through her social media platform, encourages hundreds of thousands of women worldwide to stop feeling ashamed of their bodies and to love themselves, even if it feels wrong to do so.
“Body love has helped me realize that I am a queen, not despite how I look but because of how I look,” Brenna said. “It’s a story that makes me powerful, unique, and special. Something I think girls are dying to feel everywhere.”
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