Moms always know just what to say.
Take Ashley Graham’s mom, for instance. In a new interview with V Magazine, the model told of the first time she uncovered cellulite on her body in middle school, reports Refinery29.
“I remember telling my mom, ‘Isn’t it disgusting? It’s so ugly,’” Graham said, according to Refinery29. “She pulled her pants down and said, ‘Look, I have it, too.’ And I was like, ‘Gasp!’ She looked at me, then at it, and just rolled her eyes. She didn’t tell me that it’s beautiful or ugly. She just made it a nonissue.”
Today adds that Graham hopes to see the culture surrounding body imperfections change, saying “If women like you and me continue to preach that, then I feel like younger girls are going to grasp it and they’re going to be like, ‘Who cares!’”
Besides focusing on accepting the outsides of our bodies, Graham said doing so can only begin by loving who you are on the inside.
“I wake up sometimes and I feel like the fattest person alive, but I’m not going to let that affect the rest of my day,” she said, according to Refinery29. “Say to yourself, ‘I like this day. I am bold, I am beautiful, and I am brilliant.’ For me, that hits the interior, the exterior, and it makes me feel smart.”
Truly words to live by.