When it comes to body insecurities, stretch marks certainly seem to be at the top of the list for most women. Every week, I read questions from you guys asking how to get rid of stretch marks or asking why you even have them in the first place. It feels like every time I pick up a women’s magazine, I stumble across some kind of article on how to make them go away or prevent them from happening in the first place. I pick up tabloids and see pictures of celebrity stretch marks circled in red, I read headlines about visible stretch marks in paparazzi photos, and I see think-pieces on how to feel about them.
To be honest, it’s exhausting.
Here’s the truth: stretch marks happen to almost every woman out there, and they really should not be the huge deal that everyone makes them out to be. It can be possible to get rid of stretch marks, but in many cases it can also be hard, and in some, just impossible. And you know what? It’s okay if you have them.
I’m really sick of people acting like stretch marks are something we need to hide, something we need to work our hardest to get off of our bodies. We can’t even control how they happen! Why do we need to stress over how to get rid of them?! It’s silly to act like the “perfect body” is without stretch marks, because they literally happen to everyone. It’s just another unrealistic beauty standard that women have to deal with.
This is why I absolutely love when celebrities speak out about their stretch marks. I love it even more when they aren’t afraid to post a picture of their stretch marks, to show the world what they look like without airbrushing or Photoshop. It’s so encouraging to see these white lines on stars, and it can really boost the confidence of “real” girls who feel less than perfect because of their tiger stripes.
Who am I talking about? Here are 8 celebrities who aren’t ashamed of their stretch marks – in fact, they’re even embracing them. Let this be a confidence lesson, ladies!