Look, stretch marks are a fact of life.
Most women, no matter their size, have stretch marks somewhere on their body. Maybe you had a growth spurt and grew a few inches seemingly overnight. Maybe you have larger breasts, or if you’re plus-size like me, you have them on your stomach and by your breasts. Maybe they came along with pregnancy.
It doesn’t matter how you got them. The fact is, we need to stop being ashamed of them and we need to stop pointing them out on other women, like certain magazines do with cellulite, too (don’t get me started!). The truth is, stretch marks are natural, and we shouldn’t feel so inclined to hide them.
I saw this photo of model Hunter McGrady on Instagram and immediately shared it on my Facebook page because I LOVED her message.
“I have a lot of girls message me on here or Facebook or tumblr telling me that they would love to wear a bikini or cute lingerie but they have stretch marks so they don’t. I say, OWN THAT SHIT! I’ve had stretch marks since I was 13 years old when I grew from 5’8 to 5’11. Rock. That. Out. Girls. Don’t be afraid to be who you want to be because of something that majority of us have.”
Earlier this year while at the beach with my family, I wore my first two-piece bathing suit. I wore one that’s higher waisted and had thicker straps on top. It also had a skirt.
I loved the look and felt comfortable in it, too. But I was nervous to wear it, because of my wobbly bits, but honestly — stretch marks never crossed my mind!
I guess I was more concerned with other bits that it didn’t dawn on me to check if stretch marks were showing. And I’m so thankful I didn’t think of it!
Wearing a bathing suit is hard enough, no matter your size. Although we should feel comfortable to strut our stuff, I know that’s often easier said than done.
The last thing we need is one more thing to worry about.
So, please follow Hunter McGrady’s advice and don’t be afraid of who you are — every inch of you. Ban the stretch-mark shaming!
Be you, every little thing that makes you you, and do so proudly!