Julie Johnson is a fitness guru who's unashamed of her cellulite.
The 28-year-old health and wellness coach has attracted a 100,000-fan Instagram following with her posts about staying healthy and loving your body.
In a recent post, Johnson took her trolls to task for their comments on her cellulite.
“Lately, I've been seeing SO many comments on posts all over Instagram (mainly from men - even though I see a lot of ladies doing it too) shaming women who have cellulite (or body fat in general). Saying we are ‘unhealthy’ or ‘disgusting.’” she wrote.
“Well you know what I have to say to all of you body shamers out there? I would tell you to kiss my cellulite filled ass, but you don't deserve that luxury.”
Johnson told Revelist she’d grown sick of reading derogatory comments about other people's’ bodies on Instagram. She wanted to show her followers that it’s possible to be positive about your body, despite all the negativity.
“I wanted to put myself out there, and my cellulite, and show the world that it's OK to embrace yourself and think you are beautiful!” Johnson told Revelist. “Even with a ton of cellulite. Even with a ton of hate being thrown at you. You shouldn't have to hide your body because it doesn't conform to some ridiculous standard of beauty.”
Her followers certainly seemed to embrace the message. The post racked up almost 15,000 likes and 1,000 comments in two days.
“This is what I needed to see on IG,” one commenter wrote. “So many plus-size models and body positive posts but I'm always wondering, 'Where is your cellulite?!' Thanks for making me feel human.”
Johnson said she hopes her photos will help other young women feel more confident about their bodies, too.
"I just want to show them that it's possible to love yourself — even if you've spent so much time in the darkness, hating your body," Johnson said. "We deserve to feel our own love. Don't let others stand in the way of that, please."