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Can We Please Stop Worrying About Fat Rolls & Folds Of Skin?

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    It's no secret that, here at Refinery29, we love and support breasts, butts, and bodies of all shapes. With that in mind, we decided it was high time to focus on the body parts that don't seem to get enough love: rolls and folds in the skin. You know, the totally natural bodily features that everyone has but are often omitted from mainstream media's portrayal of women's bodies.

    Like stretch marks and scars, rolls of skin indicate what a body has been through and what it can do. Whether you're doing something routine (laughing, eating, walking) or something for the very first time (nailing a new yoga pose), take a second to notice everything about your body that helps you do those things. You probably have a fold or two to thank, right?

    Ahead, we photographed nine women and spoke with them about why they love their bodies, what gives them confidence, and, above all, why every woman should love her whole body — rolls, folds, and all.





    Photographed by Rebekah Campbell ; Styled by Renata Gar ; Hair by Lisa-Raquel ; Makeup by Katie Mellinger

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    Coco Layne
    Age: 23
    Occupation: Recording artist, producer

    What do you love most about your body and why?
    "Experiencing life through my body is what I love most about it. It sounds broad and really new-age-namaste-y, but I thought about this for a while and all the answers led back to sensory experiences. I don't have a favorite body part or feature, but I find so much joy in having arms to hug people I love, eyes to watch clouds with, and legs that I can use to walk to delicious snacks that I can eat, because I have a mouth! Having senses is wild. I love everything about my body, because I can't live my life without it. You've only got one body and can't live your best life if you're spending energy thinking negative things about it."

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    What makes you feel the most confident about your body?
    "Being physically strong and having a lot of energy makes me feel confident about my body. I really love yoga and have been practicing for around two years now. The difference between when I started and now is insane. Every time I do challenging poses like chin stand and firefly, I scream internally because I can't believe I'm that strong."

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    Why should more people love the rolls and folds in their bodies?
    "Because self love shouldn't be compartmentalized. Learning to love every single inch of your body, rolls and all, is a beautiful, healing experience."

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    Victoria Huttenbrink
    Age: 26
    Occupation: Model with Muse NYC

    What do you love most about your body and why?
    "I have learned over time to really appreciate and respect my body. I love that, when I take care of my body, it treats me well."

    What makes you feel the most confident about your body?
    "I absolutely love my height. This was not always the case, but this difference has made me who I am today, and I take pride in that."

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    Why should more people love the rolls and folds in their bodies?
    "At the end of the day, I have an audience of one — myself. If I don't love all the rolls and folds, who else will? This motto can be very inspiring for women, no matter age or size. We have to learn to love ourselves."