There was a time when stretch marks were seen as a flaw. And while some would argue that they’re still viewed that way today, others are working to dispel that image, because they’re really badges of honour. Chrissy Teigen affectionately refers to them as “stretchies,” while Robyn Lawley calls them “bad ass tiger stripes.” Because, hell, yeah. We are women, hear us roar.
But she’s just one of many, many, many women who not only embrace their stretch marks, cellulite and jiggly skin. The Instagram account @loveyourlines has been taking social media by storm.
The page, set up last year, has over 150,000 followers who love the stunning black-and-white portraits of women in all their striped, gorgeous glory.
There are nearly 500 submissions, all of which are captioned with a poignant personal story — everything from those who have recovered from eating disorders to new moms who are still getting to know their post-baby bodies.
Boy, oh boy, there are lots of babies.
So. Many. Babies.
We can’t even.
No, really. STOP IT.
Gah! We can’t take any more cuteness!
It’s normal for most of us to have these distinguishing features, so why is there still a stigma surrounding it? From having much larger breasts to new life growing within us, it’s all good. We women are gorgeous and not only need to recognize that, but celebrate it. This is as real as women, their bodies and their beauty gets.