Mums, it’s time to embrace those tiger stripes

We all have them. And we all hide them. But one viral video from The Truth About Stretch Marks is asking women to embrace their stripes, roar with pride and accept that stretch marks are a part of women’s bodies.

Very rarely do we see a model’s stomach with stretch marks. Very rarely do we see a woman’s bottom that is creased with cellulite. Very rarely do we see a true female body.

Until now.

The Truth About Stretch Marks

It's time to end the shame around stretch marks.

Posted by ATTN: on Wednesday, 11 November 2015

The Truth About Stretch Marks is a video that tells it how it is – woman (and men) have stretch marks. As your body grows during puberty, pregnancy or weight loss or gain, stretch marks are bound to form.

The video combines stories of real mothers and models with statistics and images to suggest the media’s perception of the female body is slightly skewed (thanks, in part, to Photoshop).


Stunning love lines! // photo: @loseitconkatie

A photo posted by #loveyourlines (@loveyourlines) on

This isn’t the first campaign geared at ending the stigma surrounding stretch marks. There are plenty of Instagram accounts such as Love Your Lines and photography projects designed to showcase the perfect imperfections of mothers.

Many models and mothers have also come forward to showcase their tiger stripes including model Robyn Lawley, fitness guru Sophia Cooper and blogger Constance Hall.

Almost a year ago, an interview from a very honest maybe too honest conversation with a friend was manipulated and taken…

Posted by Robyn Lawley on Thursday, 22 October 2015

Robyn, for example, posted a post-baby image showcasing her “#badass tiger stripes” with a message to her followers, “To anyone who feels bad about your body especially after a baby, you are a warrior, you created a life inside of you, that’s no easy feat.”

Just remember mums, every stretch mark on your thighs or hips, every blemish on your breasts, every crease on your belly, are reminders of the endless love and unwavering commitment you have towards your children. And, I’m sure all mums will agree – our children are worth every single stripe.

(Top image via Pinterest)

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