Women’s bodies are constantly subject to unnecessary scrutiny from today’s society. Social media provides us with an endless stream of Photoshopped models who are skinnier, have a bigger thigh gap, better boobs or whatever the hell else we are “supposed” to have. While these unrealistic standards are complete and utter BS, we all have our personal insecurities.
Even bodybuilder and mental health advocate Victoria Dariano, has insecurities about her body. In fact, she recently decided to pen an open letter to her biggest insecurity of all—a small manifestation of cellulite she calls a butt dimple.
Victoria Dariano, a bodybuilder and mental health advocate, is taking a stand against her biggest insecurity—a butt dimple—through an inspiring open letter.
Dariano shared this photo accompanied by her open letter on Instagram a few weeks ago, writing:
Dear Butt Dimple, I remember the first day you appeared. I was 15 years old. Since then you have had a hugely negative impact on my life. Since then you have made me feel less about myself. You not only made me feel fat, but also unworthy. You have always had an impact on what I chose to wear. I would avoid certain bikinis, and even some of my favorite leggings. I would never feel confident in a bikini because I thought everyone was staring at you. I would never wear my favorite leggings because again I always thought people were starting at you. Long shirts were my go-to as it was a way I could cover you up and have a moment of peace within my mind as no one would be judging you. I remember endless hours of looking at you in the mirror, squeezing you and wondering why I had you. I remember crying of embarrassment as other girls I was friends with didn’t have you. I would exercise extra hard in hopes you would go away. I would eat better also in hopes you would go away. I even considered cellulite treatments so you would finally just go away. You never did, you still haven’t. You took a lot of joy away from me, you caused a lot of stress for me, you made me insecure and took away my confidence. I could never feel in shape as you were always there. I am writing you today to tell you I have finally stopped letting you win. You will no longer make me feel unworthy, not good enough or not in shape because of you. I will no longer be afraid to wear certain bathing suits or leggings because of you. I will no longer hide you. You are what you are and I have finally come to peace with that. I have finally accepted you. ✨when I reflect back on this I realize how stupid it is to have let something this superficial have an impact on my life but it did. I am happy that I have been able to overcome this and I hope if you have a similar struggle you can realize that you too can and will. Don’t let things of such insignificance ever take away your happiness.
Despite her obviously fit physique, Dariano has been self-conscious about her dimple for most of her life—until now.
“You will no longer make me feel unworthy, not good enough or not in shape because of you. I will no longer be afraid to wear certain bathing suits or leggings because of you. I will no longer hide you. You are what you are and I have finally come to peace with that. I have finally accepted you,” she declared.
Since posting, Dariano’s photo has garnered over 27K likes and her followers voiced their overwhelming support.
Many of her followers could relate to this particular insecurity.