Stretch marks: most women have them, but few women go so far as to flaunt them. That’s all about to change, though. Stretch marks are the latest “flaw” to get a much-deserved body positivity makeover. And why not? Stretch marks act as a road map to a woman’s life: as badges of honor for all she has been through; as symbols of growth, trauma, and life. Now that’s natural beauty.
If you’re on social media, you may have noticed stretch mark pride trending thanks to artist Sara Shakeel’s Instagram photo collages. Each of Sara’s collages depicts a different woman baring her body and her “stretchies,” with every last stretch mark coated in bright, bold glitter. The juxtaposition aims to reframe how we think about our perceived flaws, and women have enthusiastically responded by lending pictures of their own stretch marks to the movement. To date, there are nearly 500,000 tagged #stretchmark images on Instagram.
Will women embracing their stretch marks become the norm, much like calling out retouching photos? We hope so - and not only for the glitter stretch marks #inspo. Here's everything you need to know about stretch mark pride, how the movement got started, celebrities who’ve revealed unphotoshopped images of their stretch marks, and what’s next for Sara Shakeel’s #glitterstretchmarks movement.
#GlitterStretchMarks Are the Latest Trend in Body Positivity
Stretch Marks Are Totally Normal
Bodies of All Shapes and Sizes Have Stretch Marks
Mothers Brought Stretch Marks Into the Body Positivity Movement