Okay, stop what you are doing. Right. Now. NOW! This is important. You know how you walk around in your life and think that celebrity moms are close to perfect, and never have to deal with the body-image issues us mere mortals do? Like stretch marks, and cellulite, and tummy rolls?
Omg, guys. They do.
And guess who is brave enough to show us her unretouched side? That would be the awesome, amazing, doesn't-take-herself-too-seriously new mom, Chrissy Teigen.
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model recently shared a photo of her thighs on Snapchat, featuring what she called "tributaries" A.K.A. stretch marks.
Okay, it's silly in a way, but this photo kinda means a lot. Because we are so used to seeing celebrity moms show off their post-baby bodies in airbrushed magazine spreads. And they're usually wearing bikinis, and there's not a stretch mark to be seen. P.S., it's about a month after they gave birth.
But not Chrissy Teigen. She has been keeping things real since giving birth to baby Luna in April. Like when she posted an image of her face, sans pregnancy glow. We appreciated your candor then, Chrissy. And we appreciate it now. We have stretch marks. We lose our pregnancy glow. I'm speaking on behalf of every mom, but feel free to opt out if you somehow had perfect skin post-baby and pregnancy didn't change your body whatsoever.
Look, no one is perfect. And it's time we stopped torturing ourselves trying to live up to some impossible standard of beauty that even a bathing suit model can't live up to. I know I'm ready. Are you?
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.