Gone are the days when every little thing about a woman’s body needs to be “perfect” for her to embrace it. We’re now living in a time when imperfection is gorgeous, flaws are embraced, and “real bodies” are becoming more visible in the beauty industry. Hallelujah! Of course, it still takes a certain amount of courage to embrace the truth about our bodies, from stretch marks to “thigh brows” and all in-between. So let’s take a look at some of the awesome women who’ve done just that.
#1 This English mother who shared an intimate ‘post-pregnancy’ body photo
Giving birth is definitely something to be proud of, and this inspiring British mother wants women to be just as proud of their post-pregnancy bodies too. Emily Marson posted a beautiful photo on Instagram of herself with her two twins, four months post-partum. In the caption, Marson writes, “...a scar that I will have for the rest of my life is a tiny sacrifice for a lifetime of beautiful memories with my family. Your stretch marks DO NOT define you, your scar DOES NOT define you, your flab DOES NOT define you.” The post has received over 4,000 likes from people who were inspired by Marson’s words of post-pregnancy positivity.
#2 Chrissy Teigen’s ‘whatevs’ attitude towards stretch marks
Supermodel Chrissy Teigen’s irreverent attitude towards life in general has made her a much-loved presence on social media. Teigen has actually posted about her body imperfections multiple times on her social accounts, but the post that sums it up the best is probably this Twitter photo of her stretchmarks, nonchalantly captioned “Whatevs.” The post received thousands of positive responses from fans, with many sharing photos of their own stretchmarks and thanking the model for normalizing body imperfections.
#3 These wonderful women embracing their ‘thighbrows’
Forget about ‘thigh gaps’, because women are now embracing their ‘thighbrows’. Mentioned on a recent episode of America’s Next Top Model, the thighbrow is the thick fold of skin that can appear between your upper thigh and hip. Numerous women have shared photos of their own thighbrows on social media, using hashtags like #loveyourbody and #bodypositive. This feature – which could have easily been added to the plethora of things women are meant to be ashamed of – has become an asset to showcase and embrace, which is a big step forward!
#4 Lorde calling out her acne airbrushing
When alt-pop superstar Lorde noticed something “curious” about media photos from one of her 2014 concerts, she had to say something. The singer posted two photos from the same concert on her Twitter account, pointing out that one had been edited to make her skin look “perfect”, while the other “real” one showed her true acne scarring. “Remember flaws are ok,” she told her millions of followers. Given that Lorde is an icon to teens and young women everywhere, this is a much-needed message of empowerment!
#5 Iskra Lawrence declaring “fat rolls are beautiful”
English model Iskra Lawrence often posts about body positivity on social media, and this Instagram post showing “before and after” photos of her stomach rolls is particularly inspiring. In the caption, Lawrence tells her followers, “I wanted to show you how my body looks when I'm relaxed and when I'm posing right next to each other so you can see how easy it is to manipulate how a body looks.” When models expose the reality behind some of the beauty industry’s manipulations, it gives us the confidence we need to embrace the truths of our own bodies!