Kortney Olson, the woman with the “world’s deadliest thighs,” isn’t afraid to show off her strength, or her cellulite.
Amid videos of her crushing watermelons and pumpkins between her legs, the Instagram star and founder of Grrrl Clothing, a sportswear company that embraces all body types and aims to empower women with its “Grrrl Army,” shared a photo embracing her cellulite.
Please tag a girl who needs to become a #GRRRL. Ah what a beautiful shot- then I catch sight of my lower thigh. I often forget that cellulite is hereditary. For someone who trains like a beast- and earned the title "woman with the world's deadliest thighs", from THE @therealstanlee … I think it's safe to say this is part being human. But because we've spent our entire life looking at ads that are airbrushed and "flawless", we've been programmed to think something is wrong with us when we're "human". Ads sell us success and beauty. The whole point of advertising is to make us feel like we need something. The goal is to get us to consume. The cellulite creates a void. And filling that void can come in many different forms. Alcohol. Over training. Fat freezing procedures. Eating disorders. Or like most recent- self pity. Last week I forgot: Despite all of my efforts (not a drop of alcohol in over 7 years, training 5-6 days a week, eating clean), I still have days and even weeks, when I 'dimple'. I'm also certain there's a hormonal imbalance. But the money spent on doing tests and addressing it- could be spent on being of service to other people. When I get caught in self pity- I am absolutely useless to the world. When I get caught feeling sorry for myself- I cannot think of anyone other than myself. Being self-centered in the wrong way- destroys any chance of me being useful for the rest of the Women in the world. Instead of being grateful that I even have legs to walk on, or that I get to actually step foot inside a gym, when others have had their legs blown off in combat, or live in a country where Women don't have the right to go to a gym- I focus on "what am I doing wrong?" ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOTHING! Imagine the cover of Vogue magazine with this on the front as "the norm". Instead of headlines saying "sculpt the perfect head-turning booty" or "what to wear to get that job", and instead read "woman with world deadliest thighs teaches you how to crush life", and advertising portrayed realness, a lot of us would find the capacity to find and serve our purpose. How can we do our best when we're busy fearing we look our worst? #grrrlarmy
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“For someone who trains like a beast and earned the title ‘woman with the world’s deadliest thighs,’ from THE @therealstan Lee … I think it’s safe to say [cellulite] is part [of] being human,” the caption reads. “But because we’ve spent our entire life looking at ads that are airbrushed and ‘flawless,’ we’ve been programmed to think something is wrong with us when we’re ‘human.’ … Last week I forgot: Despite all of my efforts (not a drop of alcohol in over 7 years, training 5-6 days a week, eating clean), I still have days and even weeks, when I ‘dimple.’ … How can we do our best when we’re busy fearing we look our worst?”
And for my next trick ???????? Some women have day dreams about Fabio, horses , beaches and mad passionate sex. I have day dreams of being a comic book character where I fight crime by smashin skulls ???? Respect the old and protect the youth ⚔ #legs #strength #legprogram #likeAgrrrl #grrrlarmy #GRRRL
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Olson, like everybody, has poor body image days, but she hopes that by posting both sides of her body: both the perfectly posed and well-lit photos as well as the candid ones, and the subsequent negative emotions that these photos can drive in her. “We can have bad days. We can put on a few pounds, lose a few pounds, have cellulite, not have cellulite — It’s all normal and it’s all beautiful. We don’t have to be positive all the time, every day, and thinking negative thoughts is normal,” Olson tells Yahoo Beauty. “But because we’ve been so programmed by seeing airbrushed bodies in advertisements since birth, that undoing that programming from our subconscious takes a significant amount of work. … But just as something can be un-programmed from a computer (like old, outdated anti-virus software), so we can remove these old beliefs that to be beautiful we need to be ‘flawless.’”
I think I've met 0 women who don't have some kind of perfection such as this dimple. I've spent my entire life hating my body because it wasn't reflective of what was portrayed in advertising. We've changed the game. #grrrlarmy #selflove #perfectlyperfect
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Just how normal is cellulite, exactly? For one, approximately 90% of women have it. “Although both [estrogen and testosterone] are found in both sexes, men have little estrogen, hence why you will rarely, almost never see cellulite on a man’s body. Understanding where you are can be really important to understanding and acceptance,” Olson assures us.
I haven't had a drink ???? in over 7 years. My last drug was June 14th 2010. I weight train 6 days out of 7. I eat clean. I may have a little extra stress in my life, but not much. And you know what? I'm still not silky smooth. I STILL don't look like someone took an iron and ran it over my skin. Dimples and cellulite, spiders veins and ☀️ sun spots… it's called Normality. The normal. El normo. Ordinaire. Aka Real Fkn Life. And genetics. One can reasonably argue that it's a hormone issue- and they'd more than likely be correct. Too much estrogen. But you know what? I can't be bothered = #ICBB #therealness #normal #grrrlarmy #wekeepsitreal #notyourcompetition #fphotoshop #phatgrrrl #changethegame #sizelarge #myass #lol #vegan PS to all the homeboys on my feed, no need to comment how you'd like to smack that. I already know. But you can say shit like "thanks for being a truth warrior KO", etc etc. Cheers boys and thanks ????
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She blames the lack of representation in mainstream media for creating the idea that cellulite isn’t the norm. “Brands such as Nike and Adidas will only use a size small model in their advertising. What that does to the self esteem of the other 95% of us is shocking,” Olson says. “A lot of women see their human normal traits and bodily functions as ‘flaws’, when in actuality, the only reason they’re seen as flaw and not normal, is because the cover of magazines and ads tell us so.”
To counter this, Grrrl Clothing only features unretouched images of fit women with close to average body sizes. She also encourages women to stop posting images of themselves using beauty filters that encourage an unrealistic standard of beauty.
Don't get caught in the trap of illusion. From politics to advertising- everywhere we look someone's trying to fool us. Trying to make us feel inferior. Not good enough. And divided. Sometimes it's so subtle you can go days, months, or even years without noticing it.
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Still, like most women, Olson is not immune to negative thoughts, but she has a battle plan to quiet their voices:
Olson recommends a “social media flush.” “Unfollow any fitspo accounts or women who use beauty apps and heavy filters,” she says, instead favoring women who promote a healthy lifestyle. “Look for hashtags like #bodypositive #bopo #reallife or my personal favorite, #grrrlarmy.”
Stop buying magazines that glorify an unrealistic standard of beauty. “When you have copious amounts of money, you can look young forever,” Olson says.
Take time to yourself and practice self-care.
Work to change your perspective. This is easier said than done, but Olson’s best tip is to “start looking at your body as an asset, and not a liability.” She likes to list the things she’s grateful for, being sure to maintain perspective about her abilities and the work that her body does for her.
“Most importantly, be of service: by helping other people, we fill that void of not being good enough,” Olson says.
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