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!
Chrissy TeigenI'm sure you've heard this by now, but earlier this week supermodel and sarcasm professional Chrissy Teigen posted a picture on Instagram calling out her stretch marks by saying "hi #stretchies!" Chrissy is a gorgeous bikini model who has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, always looks amazing, and has a generally enviable life. Chrissy also happens to be tall and thin, with very long legs and not very many curves. It was pretty great to see a thin celebrity who isn't afraid to show they have stretch marks. So many people have this misconception that stretch marks only happen to "fat" girls or plus-size women, which is so ridiculous. Stretch marks can happen to anyone, and Chrissy is proof! That's why we've all been making such a big deal out of this post because really, more celebrities need to get in on it. Source: Instagram
Karrueche TranKarrueche Tran, a model who is most well-known as Chris Brown's ex-girlfriend, is another celeb who wasn't afraid to show her "flaws." Over the summer, Karrueche posted a photo of a girl with stretch marks from Tumblr on her Instagram saying, “this is me. I’ve got a tiny little booty with stretch marks..there’s nothing wrong with the way God made us." A week later, she posted a photo of her booty, complete with stretch marks, saying, "About a week ago I posted a pic of a butt with stretch marks on it.. The butt wasn’t mine.. I was agreeing w the pic in reference to the stretch marks.. The owner seemed to be upset that I posted the pic so I’ve decided to go ahead and post mine.. These are my tiger marks." YAS Karrueche! This photo is so much more refreshing than a photo of an airbrushed butt! Source: Instagram
Jourdan DunnChrissy and Karrueche aren't the only models who aren't ashamed of their stretch marks. A few months ago, Jourdan Dunn posted this seemingly innocent photo of herself and Cara Delevingne. Instead of talking about their matching tattoos, Instagram commenters practically broke the Internet talking about how you could see Jourdan's stretch marks. Jourdan is a runway model with a body similar to Chrissy Teigen's, and it was pretty refreshing to see that she too deals with stretch marks. Also, she didn't even care. So many other celebs would have photoshopped this. Slay, girl. Source: Instagram
LeAnn RimesLeAnn Rimes is no stranger to being picked on for her body - I can't even count the amount of times the media has written or talked about her being too underweight. LeAnn has always been proud of her body and isn't afraid of defending herself and showing off her confidence, so I'm not surprised that she also embraced her stretch marks. LeAnn posted this photo of herself in a bikini, and if you squint, you can make out some stretch marks (which of course some negative people did). She added this caption: "They don't cover it all but (no pun intended) it doesn't look good on women when you have too much material. I hope to help all women embrace their bodies and be proud of their curves, stretch marks.... Whatever! (Stretch marks I have) To have a 'bikini body' you must put a bikini on your body!!" Source: Instagram
Jessica AlbaStretch marks often appear after pregnancy, so it's something that celeb moms are annoyingly asked about all the time. Jessica loves her kids and isn't ashamed of what happened to her body while she was pregnant. She has said, "I’ll take the stretch marks. I’ll take the sagging boobs. I’ll take the cellulite I can never get rid of. If you walk around with your head held high and you’re happy and positive, then all that other stuff is irrelevant. Confidence is number one." Credit: Jon Kopaloff / Contributor / Getty Images
Tyra BanksTyra Banks isn't ashamed of her stretch marks or her cellulite, but she's also not ashamed of the fact that she can retouch her photos to hide those things. She has said, "I love that at the touch of the button anybody could do it on their smart phone. Girls may be like, ‘I’m so insecure. Tyra’s butt looks like that.’ Well, Tyra’s butt does not look like that. And your’s can look just like that. Just take a 5 second tutorial online and you can do it yourself." Hey, at least she admits it! Credit: Mark Metcalfe / Stringer / Getty Images
Olivia WildeOkay, so Olivia doesn't specifically mention stretch marks in her quote, but it's kind of a given considering she's talking about her post-pregnancy body. Olivia makes a statement that I wish more women would echo: "I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been... The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles, and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced. The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one. I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience. In that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is your body. I don’t want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection." Credit: Ian Gavan / Staff / Getty Images
Alyssa MilanoAlyssa Milano is another celebrity who has talked about her post-pregnancy body. She has been quoted saying, "Some people might see them as imperfections, but when you have a baby –those are your beauty marks. I love my stretch marks. I have them on my boobs, on my ass, on my belly." Awesome! Credit: Jeffrey Mayer / Contributor / Getty Images