Stretch Marks as defined by Wikipedia -“as they are called in dermatology, are a form of scarring on the skin with an off-color hue. They are caused by tearing of the dermis, which over time may diminish, but will not disappear completely.” But most women would define this in their book as “ugly”, an imperfection”, “a dark secret” or as worse as “nightmare” , “disaster” or “a curse” .
Sadly and as a matter-of-factly, Stretch Marks have become inevitable and only a few are spared from these marks.
When we were young, most of us have this notion that Stretch Marks are only for the pregnant women or Moms who have given birth. Little did I know that Stretch Marks are not dictated by age .
I found out myself. My hips first met them when I was 14. Then as I went on with my teenage years, the back side of my arms came to know them too and eventually my hips and thighs .Being a “morena” my stretch marks were very visible, but being young that time, it didn’t matter to me. My cousin Jennifer who also had the same fate had tagged our Stretch Marks with several jokes we would laugh at. That those were tiger scratch marks, so everytime she would accidentally see the stretch marks on my hips, she would act like a tiger and say “Rar!” . Or she would start to run through the lines as if its a Braille book and say “pabasa sa Kagurangnan” (Bicol dialect), which means reading from the book. However, it wasn’t always that simple.After a couple of years, jokes faded . Stretch Marks became a glaring imperfection that we both started to hide. We said goodbye to sleeveless shirts, hanging blouses and never wore bathing suits the same way again.
Yet, nothing has prepared me for what lies in the future. In my 2 pregnancies my body did not only meet more of them but there was new acquaintance called loose or sagging belly.
That’s why I was so happy to have come across #loveyourlines in Instagram. Need not to say more, but obviously this IG account promotes body acceptance or should I say stretch mark acceptance.With more than 100,000 followers from all ages, race and status, #loveyourlines has a collection of more than 400 pictures of black and white pictures of women celebrating stretch marks beyond its flaw.
Each image is showered by members with empowering and encouraging words. As what the account’s tag line say “ Two moms celebrating real women, real bodies and real self love.” Yes, this social media account was created by moms .
Here are some images grabbed from this IG page. Included is a post by model Chrissy Teigen, wife of famous singer John Legend.
Read on and be inspired to love those lines too !
this anonymous submission really impacted us. it’s so hard to accept ourselves sometimes and we never know what someone else is battling with. we are asking our amazing #loveyourlines community to send this woman love,ecnouragement and warm words. if you are dealing with body image issues and/or suicidal thoughts, PLEASE get help. this world needs you and your life matters. ___________ These are my stretch marks. I’m 24 & not a mother. My fat & stretch marks make up approximately 95% of the reasons why I hate myself & why I’m suicidal. I’ve already lost 70 lbs & they look worst. I have them all over my body, including self-harm scars. I know for a fact that I will never find love & that weighs heavily on my heart since I would love to be a wife & mother someday, a family of my own. I don’t even mean to throw a pity party, but look at them. They’re awful. No man will love me or choose me when there are so many beautiful & lovely women out there. There is just no way a man would ever make love to such a monster. I will never be at peace with my lines. My body issues consume me at every waking moment. I wake up with it on my mine & fall asleep with it on my mind. I am all scars & completely lonely.
“Hi I am Elisa, I am chilean. I am twenty-two years old. Before…my figure was thin and without scars … I liked that life, that style and that figure! Stretch marks came out in pregnancy, but I like them, they’re cute and show my strength and are soft evidence that I gave life. <3 #loveyourlines” A photo posted by #loveyourlines (@loveyourlines) on
‘I have always struggled with my body image. After developing large breasts at an early age, I was always uncomfortable to show my body. I am now 25 years old and the mother of a beautiful 4 year old named Lennon Elijah. Today was the first time in my life I looked in the mirror and thought “I love my body. Stretch marks, scars, and all.” I am the strongest woman I’ve ever been and growing stronger every day.’
“I’ve had my love lines since I can remember and I’m only 19, at first I felt ashamed of them, never wanting to wear a bikini because of course someone is going to see them and I couldn’t help feeling worry about it… Then I started following this amazing account and conviced myself that this are my tigers stripes and I have to love them, cause they are the only ones that are going to always be there for me.. So, I decided to dedicated a little tatto heart right next to them, so that every time I see them I shall remember that this are my love lines! I’m truly grateful for the confidence I have gain by following this accout!!” A photo posted by #loveyourlines (@loveyourlines) on
“I’m a curvy woman whose pride was always my flat tummy. I did everything I read about to prevent stretch marks, but in my fifth month of pregnancy with my first son, I realized my body had a mind of its own. Three more sons later, my body is a map of lines and loose skin. I wouldn’t change a thing. While I don’t flaunt it, I do feel good in my skin – I’m healthy, strong, and fit. My body tells a beautiful story of carrying and giving life! When people see my folds and lines, they often gasp out loud. This account has warmed my heart and made me feel not-so-alone.”
repost from the lovely @chrissyteigen! we #loveyourlines. #stretchmarks | #beauty A photo posted by #loveyourlines (@loveyourlines) on