Swimwear model responds after body-shamers criticize cellulite: ‘Being beautiful is about being kind’

Ariella Nyssa has learned to love her body, even if haters on social media are trying to shame her for it.

Over the last week, the 21-year-old model from Sydney shared a series of body-positive posts as part of a response to trolls who took issue with some of her recent swimsuit snaps.

“Years ago I hated my cellulite,” Nyssa wrote in a recent post, alongside a bikini photo. “I was so insecure about it and as a result I made it my number one priority to tackle what most of society deems as an ‘unhealthy, unattractive flaw.’”

 

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I am sick to death of seeing people body shame girls on Instagram. To tell them they are not beautiful enough, questioning them as to why they are “flaunting” their “flaws”. It’s time to make a change. To show women and men that beauty is NOT an ideal. That beauty can not be measured to one standard. That all of us are in fact BEAUTIFUL. You don’t need to change for anyone. You don’t need to feel bad about showing a bit of cellulite or having rolls when you sit down. Or the girls who have to listen to family members and friends telling them to “eat a burger” or that they are “too skinny”. Body shaming is NOT okay. NOONE should feel like they aren’t enough. When you judge someone by their appearance, it doesn’t define them. It defines YOU. Your existence is not based upon how desirable people think you are. It’s based upon your unconditional and undying love for YOU. Be who you are. Love what you look like and don’t let anyone ever tell you anything different ❤️

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According to Nyssa, body-shamers have accused her of being “unhealthy” or “lazy” because of her cellulite, leading her to take extreme action in an effort to get rid of it.

“During this time I cut out all foods that I loved, I ran and ran on a treadmill and only ever did cardio at the gym. Throughout this time I was constantly tired, my immune system was poor and my mental health and self worth were at an all time low.“

But after “starving herself” and being exhausted all the time — and not seeing the results she wanted — Nyssa says said finally she came to a conclusion about her cellulite.

“Cellulite doesn’t make you any less beautiful. It isn’t a representation of your health and it DEFINITELY shouldn’t stop you from loving yourself,” Nyssa wrote.

“A completely airbrushed and smooth body is nearly impossible to obtain and is not a representation of YOUR beauty,” she added.

Nyssa now says she’s the healthiest and happiest she’s ever been and encouraged others to love themselves in a subsequent post.

 

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To love ones self is the beginning of a life long romance. It is not selfish to set aside time to work on loving yourself entirely. Loving your self enough to work on things in your life, to take care of your body. To be kind, to be patient, to be forgiving. Your kindness and compassion on the inside allows you to GLOW on the outside! Beauty is subjective. It’s in the eye of the beholder! To me, being beautiful is about being kind. It’s about loving everyone you come across and admitting to your mistakes so you can grow. Self love is not just about loving the OUTSIDE! It starts with loving who you are on the INSIDE! Love your humour, your personality, your kindness, your humility, your patience, your creativity, your intentions, your generosity. Love every single thing about your beautiful personality and don’t let anyone tell you different ❤️ p.s wearing @prettylittlething ! I’m obsessed with leopard at the moment 🐆🐆🐆

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“To love [oneself] is the beginning of a life-long romance. It is not selfish to set aside time to work on loving yourself entirely. Loving [yourself] enough to work on things in your life, to take care of your body. To be kind, to be patient, to be forgiving. Your kindness and compassion on the inside allows you to GLOW on the outside,” she wrote.

“Beauty is subjective. It’s in the eye of the beholder,” she added. “To me, being beautiful is about being kind. It’s about loving everyone you come across and admitting to your mistakes so you can grow.”

Days before, Nyssa had also shared two separate Instagram posts in which she opened up about her former insecurities. In the first, which was accompanied by a photo of cellulite and stretch marks on her buttocks and thighs, Nyssa urged followers to embrace their “flaws” and to “buy that bikini you have wanted, wear that outfit that you thought would make your love handles stand out.”

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It’s photos just like this one that I used to over analyse and despise. Negative thoughts about my physical beauty would run around and around in my head until I was mentally and emotionally drained. I would starve myself, I would constantly diet and I would HATE what my reflection entailed. I finally realised that HATING what society deemed “unattractive” was pushing me further and further into a deep hole of depression, anxiety and misery. By who’s standard are these things deemed not beautiful? Why should I live in fear of my body, one that is so unique and deserves to be loved. I encourage you today. BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF LOVING YOUR “FLAWS”. At first it will feel so weird but TRUST ME. Once you start to appreciate and embrace those stretch marks, that cellulite, those lumps and bumps, that tub. Only then will you see how beautiful life can be. You will be unstoppable. An amazing force of LOVE! Go and buy that bikini you have wanted, wear that outfit that you thought would make your love handles stand out. BELIEVE IN YOUR BEAUTY. Your body deserves to be loved by you ❤️

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In another post, the Instagram influencer claims she spotted several women attempting to cover up or hide their bodies before taking a dip in the ocean — a practice she knew “all too well” because she “used to be” just like them.

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This morning at the beach I found myself people watching (haha hopefully that doesn’t sound creepy). I just watched families play, couples spend time together, people basking in the sun and spending the holidays with their loved ones. I realised that the most common sight that I witnessed was women AND men demonstrating signs of insecurity. Girls wearing shirts and pants to cover up their curvier bodies. Women constantly looking around to see if anyone was watching while they quickly took their towel off to run and dip in the water. I know these signs all too well. I used to be one of these people. I used to lay flat on my back in an attempt to make my tummy look as flat as possible. I used to wear shirt and shorts because I was ashamed of my body. I used to constantly scan my surroundings in a state of paranoia that people were staring and analysing my so called "flaws". I was ashamed of my body because I thought my body was ugly. KNOW that your body is your body. It’s a miracle, EMBRACE your differences and stuff what anyone else thinks! Your body deserves to be loved by you and you deserve to be CONFIDENT. ❤️ p.s how cute are these kinis from @beginningboutique ! I have a special discount code for you guys and it lasts 24 hours! Use ‘ARI35’ for 35% off! Happy Boxing Day dolls 🌸🌸🌸🌸

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“KNOW that your body is your body. It’s a miracle, EMBRACE your differences and stuff what anyone else thinks! Your body deserves to be loved by you and you deserve to be CONFIDENT,” she wrote.

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