#LoveLines: More Reasons To Embrace Your Stretch Marks

#LoveYourLines Black woman with stretch marks

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Tiger stripes, elephant skin, lighting strikes – all negative connotations associated with stretch marks. Society has given us 101 reasons to shame our “ love lines,” such as:

  • They are flaws that should be concealed and covered.
  • Men find them unattractive.
  • They are meant to be the source of our insecurity as we stand in front of our mirror.

Meanwhile, about 70% of women have stretch marks. Not to mention, 90% of women like myself earned their “stripes” during the miracle of child birth.

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According to science, these love lines, also known as striae, are a normal part of puberty for most girls and guys. Caused when the middle layer of our skin (the dermis) is pulled by rapid growth or stretching due to weight gain, stretch marks can appear on your breasts, thighs, stomach and “Judy booty,” among other areas.

If we’re being honest, for the longest time after having my first child ahead of my 21st birthday I was incredibly ashamed of my body – assuming it was a rarity to earn my “stripes” at such a young age. I tried every cream in the book, tossed my bikini and every belly button baring piece of clothing I owned. I even entertained the thought of laser removal. Fortunately, as I got older, I learned how to embrace both my stretch marks and scars as positive things (after all, it’s not like they’re going anywhere).

I’ve also enjoyed watching those who’ve taken it upon themselves to help others accept their lines. Take for instance John Legend’s swimsuit model wife Chrissy Teigen, who in 2015, gave a shout out to her stretch marks telling Meredith Vieira, “I was actually just taking a picture of the bruises and then I saw the stretch marks in there. I have those apps, the Facetune and Photoshopping ones, and I just didn’t feel like doing it anymore—and I’m never doing it again, because I think we forgot what normal people look like now.”

Furthermore, adding, “”I mean, people are nip-tucking [their photos]. It’s gotten to the point where they’re not smoothing their skin anymore, they are actually changing the shape of their body. Nobody can compare to that when you’re fixing yourself so much.”

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She added, “It started with Botox and everything, of course, but now it’s just grown into…