Stretch marks happen—especially after you make your way through pregnancy and into motherhood. But while products meant to reduce stripes and overly airbrushed images of unmarked skin convey the idea that stretch marks are something to be ashamed of, we say they're to be rocked with pride. After all, stretch marks tell a story of what you've been through—and for women who gained a few due to pregnancy, they're reminders of the amazing thing you did to bring your babies into this world.
That's why we love what artist Cinta Tort Cartró is doing. Cartró 's work rejects the notion that stretch marks are meant to be removed or hidden—by contrast, her work is all about turning those marks into gorgeous works of art.
The artist shares images of her work on Instagram, and the results are stunning. She colors the marks with gorgeous, vibrant colors while keeping the shape of the stretch marks intact—it really makes you realize how beautiful the marks really are.
One follower's comment really reflects that idea. "This made me really happy and actually actually really made me stop and think of my own image. I spent a lot of the time knowing what I should think about my body but failing to love it. But this really has a positive impact, strong one. Thank you, amazing idea," the commenter writes.
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We're seriously into this trend—it's about time mamas everywhere realized stretch marks are beautiful physical representations of what our bodies have done, and we love seeing them celebrated in this way.
"One day in my flat in Madrid, the last May, and I had the idea to paint my stretch marks. In my adolescence I wanted to eliminate my stretch marks, because I didn't accept [them] and I didn't accept my body," the artist told Parents. "It was the beginning. From [then] on, [I've created] more paintings and body-paintings about esthetic pressure. The audience really likes this work, and I'm very happy to know that people see this. I received lovely messages about empowerment. It's really beautiful."