Ever been conscious about your stretch marks enough to redo a whole outfit or cancel a fun day out? You are not alone and a new social media photo campaign started by two mothers through a Love Your Lines Instagram account is teaching women how to love their stretch marks and accept it.
The account states “#LoveYourLines is a social media photo campaign to help showcase the beauty of the female body. This account is curated by two mommas hoping to make a difference in the world of the female body image. To submit your photos please email [email protected] All women of different shapes, sizes and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to submit. Photos submitted should be taken against a plain background. We can’t wait to see your love lines!”
So far there have been 80 beautiful submissions showing that there is true beauty even in the parts of our body that we do not want to accept. With the media constantly setting limitations on beauty and setting rules on what is acceptable as “beautiful”, this #LoveYourLines photo campaign seems like a much needed movement and we are captivated by it.
According to Huffington Post, the account was started by two East Coast moms, who asked to remain anonymous. The creators were inspired to feature the stretch marks and other lines on women’s bodies after a discussion about how their own bodies had changed after bearing children. They started the Instagram account, put out a call for submissions, and were stunned by the response they got in just one night.
“I found it interesting that all types of women have stretch marks because I’ve had them on my thighs since I was a teenager,” one of the founders, a 31-year-old wedding and lifestyle photographer, told The Huffington Post over email. “So even though I’m a mom (which gave me a few more) I’ve been coming to terms with my marks for a long time now. I’m also very thin so looking at me with clothes on, you’d think I had no body issues.”
Check out some beautiful submissions below:
“This 31 year young woman has learned to not care so much about her tiger stripes although it wasn’t easy. They are a part of who she is. She had them even before having babies. Mom of 2. #loveyourlines”
“Mother of one. Love lines that are a reminder to her of the beautiful journey. #loveyourlines”
“Imperfections are what makes us perfect. Easily said, harder to fully embrace…true nonetheless.”
“My kidneys almost failed due to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in 2005. Due to excess amounts of fluid in my body and steroids I rapidly gained 40lbs. Going from 140 to about 180 in a matter of weeks. After losing the extra weight, I was blessed with these lines. My lines remind me of what I have conquered. They remind me to be thankful and grateful for my new life.” This made our heart swell! We #loveyourlines. Submission by: @ashed__out24”
“Though I am not a mother, I’ve always had stretch marks. Needless to say, I’ve always been self conscious of my stretchies. I am approaching the quarter of a century mark in exactly 1 week. Growing into womanhood has taught me to love every little thing about me including my “love lines”. I know God didn’t make any mistakes on me; He gave me beauty for ashes.”
Check out more on the LoveYourLines Instagram page!