Stretch marks on of Naked ethnic black woman. Royalty-Free Stock Photo. Download preview.
How brave of you to show us all your flaws! I try not to notice myself. The gossip mags would have a Circle of Shame field day.
Started by two mothers "hoping to make a difference in the world of the female body image," the Love Your Lines Instagram account showcases beautiful, user-submitted black-and-white photography of women's stretch marks. Each photo is captioned with the subject's story of how she got her marks — and the powerful testimonies cover everything from post-pregnancy to growth spurts to illness. Guidelines ask filters not be applied to the photo and that users share "a part of your body that you think will inspire others to feel good about themselves a part that you may have struggled with in the past or currently.
Human body flaws sometimes represent trauma or disease, but they also can be a normal result of just living your damn life. The Canadian vlogger and body activist recently started an Instagram trend called CelluliteSaturday. Read her entire story here.
She's convinced that other women are staring at her thighs. But after her confidence is bolstered by a body-image pep talk from Carrie, Charlotte returns to the spa, nervously unwraps her towel, enters the steam room, and bares all. Just as her anxiety is about to reach a fever pitch, validation comes in the form of another woman's voice: "I'd kill for your breasts.
Stretch marks are normal and common for every shape, size, and gender. Yet people, particularly women, are still taught that stretch marks are flaws or marks of failure and encouraged to cover them up. Stretch marks are simply lines on skin that develop when skin stretches — whether because of a growth spurt, weight gain, or pregnancy — and elastic fibers under the skin weaken or break.
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With our weight naturally fluctuating over the course of a lifetime, the stretching of our precious skin is bound to leave us with some marks and lines here and there. But unfortunately, we are often taught to be ashamed of them. I started appreciating my stretch marks once I began taking photos of them, documenting my body in a way that made it less scary to show off my lines in public.
Each day, women upload photos of their postpartum bodies to Instagram. Whether they're showing stretch marks, sagging skin, or C-sections scars, these images are beautiful—and they celebrate the feat of pregnancy and new motherhood. Postpartum bodies are different but show the beauty of being given the chance to bring life into this world.