Stretch Marks are Having a Moment: How #LoveYourLines is Changing Lives

Body Honesty is the order of the day. Seems women are no longer prepared to apologize for not being perfect. It turns out that the more women realize they aren't the only ones hiding out as human beings in a photoshopped world, the greater their courage in saying "Here I am, as I am. Beautiful." One such body honesty solidarity movement is the Instagram #lovemylines campaign where hundreds of women have posted and thousands have liked the images they see there. Rallying cries of "You're a tiger, you've earned your stripes" and "celebrate your lightning lines" have helped women come to terms with the reminders of growth, pregnancy, weight loss and gain that nearly 90% of all woman have somewhere on their bodies. For men, well over 40% of them also carry these reminders. Even celebrities, who've always gone to great lengths to hide imperfections, are feeling comfortable letting the world know they have them too. Model Chrissy Teigen had no problems posting a pic of her legs that included in the caption, "Stretchies say hi." When asked why, she explained, "I have those apps, the Facetune and Photoshopping ones, and I just didn't feel like doing it anymore—and I'm never doing it again, because I think we forgot what normal people look like now." And that's precisely why it's so important that women are getting braver about sharing their photos and walking on the beach without shame. We are all trying to fight a cultural lie about what normal is, and our strength is in our numbers. Roar, tigers, roar! Do you buy swimsuits or clothes that cover your stretch marks or do you let them show? Have you ever avoided a summer event because you were afraid of them being seen?

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