This Just In: Husbands Don’t See Cellulite

Last week I received a small, gray package in the mail.

My new bathing suit from Victoria’s Secret… possibly the one package all women both love and hate at the same time.

Dan always comments on my lack of style. So being the amazing wife I am, I let him pick it out.


Which of course made me nervous to try it on. After all, my husband had picked out the suit and he had seen it on this gorgeous Angel!

(Quick side note… does anyone else see the terrible photoshop job on her arms and torso?)

Talk About Pressure

Would I model the suit as well as she did?

Would he look at it on me and be disappointed?

I know… I know…

Self Criticism At It’s Finest

But we all want to look sexy for our spouse.

I am not one of those wives that will stop trying to look good for my husband. Sure he loves me for me, but I also want him to be impressed with my body. I want him to see me and say “wow, how did I get that!?”

And I know he’s the same way.

And yes, I do check my husband out, even after 9 years! He’s a hottie.

When I walked in the door with the aqua and silver suit, I snuck off to the bedroom to try it on. After probably a few too many quarter turns in the mirror, I walked into his office.



His face said it all and even before he said “Wow”, I knew that in his eyes I looked perfect.

At that moment, I felt like the Angel in the magazine.

Dan then asked me…

“How do you feel in it?”

“Good, I think I like it! But can you see my cellulite? I mean, there is minimum butt coverage going on.”

Boys And Cellulite

And with that question, I learned an eye-opening lesson.

Dan reiterated something he has said a million times…

“Wow, it must suck to be a girl.

Taylor, don’t you know men don’t see cellulite? I see a hot ass and amazing legs.”

Is it true? Men don’t see all the imperfections that women do?

So what is it that men see or want to see when looking at a woman in an itty-bitty bathing suit?


They want to see someone that owns her body and her suit. Not someone that keeps pulling at her bottoms to ensure her bottom is in fact covered.

They want to see a woman with her shoulders pulled back, head held high and a walk that says…

“Yes, I might have cellulite but so at least do 90% of other women, so what’s the big deal!”

Who Are We Really Trying To Impress?

If men don’t care about a few natural dimples, perhaps it’s time we own up to who we’re really trying to impress.

Here’s the truth…

Are you ready for it?

I can’t believe I just accepted this the other day.

When out in public, we don’t worry about impressing men as much as we are worried about impressing women.

Yes, women.

Women are the ones that will notice cellulite.

Women are the ones that will look and think (and sometimes say), “Why is she wearing that?”

Women are the worst critics of themselves and of each other.


And of course we do, we’re force fed images of perfection every single day.

Magazines criticize women all the time… Sections like “Who Wore It Best?” and shows likes Fashion Police validate that it’s okay for us check one another out and then give a score.

Us Weekly - May 2 2011 -cheryl Marley


You don’t see men doing this to one another.

I can say with 100% confidence that I have never seen Dan look at a man and make a comment about an outfit or the way he looked.

And it kills me.

Stop Trying To Impress Me

The first step of recovery is recognizing and accepting a problem.

Me trying to impress you is a problem. And vice versa.

From there, it’s about turning off the natural “mean” tendencies that have been drilled in our heads:

  • “Girls are mean.”
  • “Girls are catty.”
  • “Girls are critical.”
  • “Girls are two-faced.”

We’ve heard them all since we were 13 years old. But we can change.

Each morning, while getting ready tell yourself…

  1. “You love women.”
  2. “You love you.“
  3. “You see only the good in people.”

And then take action…

  1. Give at least 1 compliment to someone every day. Try to make it someone different.
  2. Dress for yourself, push those thoughts of your head wondering what others will think.
  3. Take yourself out of the criticism circle… don’t feed the monster! Avoid magazines/shows that promote such negative activities.



A few weeks ago, I posted up the “Suit Yourself” challenge. I am going to mention it one more time because I feel it’s such a great #hashtag event for women.

Let’s bond together and show one another that we do love one another.

Being a woman is hard, being a woman around other women should not be so tough.

A ton of you said you would join me in the #SuitYourself challenge, have you done it yet?

Let’s chat…
Have you gotten a new swim suit for the year? Where from?


  • AMEN.
    we women are far harder ourselves and each other.

  • All right, I finally sucked it up and did the suit yourself challenge. Thanks for the friendly little push 😉 I love the idea of supporting other women, it really makes me sad when women bring each other down. We don’t have time for that attitude anymore!

    • 🙂 we all need a push! Haha, I didn’t want to be the only one hanging out in my bathin’ suit!

  • Dan

    I have to say that Photoshop job on her torso is terrible. The more you look at it, the more you wonder how that picture got published.

    • I thought the same thing. It seems it was so fast to be edited they didn’t care. It’s bad.

  • Mona

    Great post, Taylor – totally spot on!
    And you look amazing in the bikini!

  • Sheena

    You’re so right, my boyfriend loves my body but it’s not him that judges me at the beach.

    I haven’t done the #Suityourself picture yet, we were at the beach on the weekend but we had no cameras, I’m afraid to break my cell again so I keep it away from all potential harm, hahaha! This week I will get on it though 😀

    • I don’t blame you, I don’t bring electronics to the beach either out of fear of ruining it. That’s why I always go to my parents’!

  • That model has one deformed, photoshopped arm. Craziness.

    Both suits look great on you!! You wear the silver suit better than the model because you look like a woman who works out, eats, and has a great fun life and not a bad photoshop job. I haven’t taken a picture yet but I’ve worn my swimsuit quite often- honestly it’s kinda awkward to ask a random person to take a picture. It’s funny when your orthopedist dr comments that you are definitely getting the required Vitamin D from the sun ;).

    Women are definitely more critical than men! Like Dan, I think my husband would be totally fine with me wearing anything or not wearing anything and probably wouldn’t even notice an extra dimple in my thigh or something. They’re men- they go days without noticing dirt in the car or stains on something, etc, so I guess body things are like that too. Now, some girls are freakin’ catty- and you know, I think a lot of times body shaming and jealousy is what goes into that, when women focus on others rather than just trying to be the best version of themselves.

    • I think that would be hilarious to ask someone to snap a pic at the pool!

      Thanks lady, hope to see you back at the track soon!

      • Yeah, I wanna be back! I have to take a few more weeks off, then I get to start doing some walk/run for like 2 weeks and build into running again. Right now I am doing BodyPump, Spin, Yoga, and Elliptical… and volunteering at races… so I am busy and still active.

        When I am able to run again I plan to come out to the track to do some of it, even if I have to run steady state or do run/walk… so I can still cheer you on if you’re doing speedwork.

  • Dan picked out a great suit! (and you look gorgeous!)

    I know how you feel– Trying on suits is the worst! I’m still not loving how I look in mine, but I try to work on the mental/confidence side of things when I can. It’s tough!

    Great post. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you! I bet you look amazing! 😉

  • I love this post! I fall into the comparison trap so often, and what I’ve found is that if I make an effort to be more accepting of other women’s bodies, I become more accepting of my own! I just spent a week at the beach, and usually that means I’m in a cover-up the entire time. But this year I decided to leave the t-shirt in the condo and just enjoy the sun. No one criticized how I looked or stared rudely or anything…of course they didn’t! And as I spent the week thinking positive thoughts about other women in their bathing suits, my own body-positivity expanded. It was a really great experience 🙂

    • Sheena

      Oh man you’re so right!

    • What a great comment, thank you Ali! You’re so right, when we start being kind to others we love ourselves more too.

  • I love this post! And I love how your and your husband are with one another!

    • haha thanks Erin! We are very honest with each other that’s for sure!

  • Love this post! It’s so true–we are our own worst critics. My husband tells me all the time all he notices is the good stuff. So why can’t I just accept that?
    And yes, the Photoshopping in that picture is horrendous. Not even human-like!

    • Exactly! I would love to see what my husband sees! I can’t believe the picture even made it to the printer. Awful.

  • Rebecca

    Girl, you look amazing! Rock it!

  • Jen

    such a great post and you are spot on! rock that suit, girl. you look awesome.

  • Oh I love this and love you!! I was just thinking about this this morning as I was noting and criticizing the cellulite in the mirror. And again as I’m getting ready to head to my HS reunion and worrying about what I’m going to wear and how I’m going to look. Women are so much harder on ourselves than anyone else. It’s crazy.

    • Muah! 😉 You’re going to look hot at your reunion!

  • Kim

    No new suits this year (I have lots:) – we aren’t taking a trip so I figure I can just make do with the ones I already have.
    And, yes, of course I have cellulite – part of why I like to have a tan!!!
    You look amazing!

    • Being tan is always the best! I’m working on that part!

  • Dan is right, you look hot! and they see that, not anything else. Oh i wish we thought like men sometimes

    • Why thank you! You’re not so bad yourself 😉

  • Brilliant post! So true! Women are so hard on themselves and each other!

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  • Girl you are amazing!! You are beautiful!! And we LOVE this post!!! A great reminder to embrace our bodies 🙂

    • Thank you! Y’all are quite amazing too!

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  • I LOVED this post (I hopped on over to your website from purely twins) because it is so true! We are our own worst enemies and it’s so sad that, as women, we put each other down instead of joining together to rule the world (Beyonce style, of course). Good for you about the swimsuit – and you rock it! Great color on you! Self love isn’t easy, but this article reminded me how important it really is! 🙂

    • Love it! Let’s go Beyonce!

  • kat

    Love this post, photoshop has definitely warped many minds and its criminal. Thank you for this insight, you are so right! and look amazing in the suit!

    • Thanks Kat! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the kind words 🙂

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