• Stretch Marks as Artworks? These Moms Have Started A Trend

    Combining courage and creativity, they give fellow mothers inspiration to embrace their flaws
    by Vira Diego .
  • Stretch Marks as Artworks? These Moms Have Started A Trend
    IMAGE @zinteta, @sarashakeel/Instagram
  • Self-love has become a popular topic in social media in the last few years, and because of it a lot of people have learned to embrace their flaws and the uniqueness of their bodies, including their skin color, birth marks, moles, and others.

    Among mothers, stretch marks are the main cause of embarrassment—or at least they used to be. Digital artist Sarah Shakeel is sending a powerful message by posting digitally manipulated photos that turn stretch marks into glitter marks. “Each picture heals a part of me & I hope it heals a part of you too,” she wrote on her Instagram bio. Her art inspires and empowers her followers to love their bodies and be proud of it.

    Spanish artist Cinta Tort Cartró has also learned to love her flaws and turned them into art. She paints stretch marks with glitters, flowers and rainbow colors to spread body positivity to her audience, and shares photos of them on her Instagram account. Cartró, who also takes an artistic perspective on period stains, says she didn’t expect the positive response she received with her artwork.  

    Cartró also said that she had these marks and hated them before, but has learned to embrace her flaws completely and is now campaigning for this advocacy. 

    “Society sees these things as flaws but they aren’t flaws—they are things in our bodies and we have to accept them. Because if we don’t accept them, we probably don’t accept our bodies and don’t accept ourselves,” she said.

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    Closer to home, Filipina celebrities have been proudly showing off their stretch marks to inspire others. Actress Ina Raymundo, who has five kids, is one of them:

    Maggie Wilson showed off her “battle scars” as well. A beauty queen and a TV personality, Maggie received admiration from her fans for not being afraid to embrace motherhood, scars and all.

    Actress Kylie Padilla, who recently gave birth to son Alas, also posted a photo with her stretch marks visible. On Instagram Stories she shared that she has no plans of erasing her stretch marks because she always wants to be reminded of her pregnancy.  

    One of her followers, whose handle is loversmoon2326, commented: "Stretch marks are milestones of motherhood, and signs of winning the battle...welcome to the club of mothers."

    Just recently, TV actress Denise Laurel also flaunted her pregnancy marks while vacationing in the beautiful island of Maldives. On her Instagram post, she captioned “…I’m a mom I got folds and stretch marks its ME:)”. 

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    Every flaw has a great story behind it, most especially your stretch marks. Be comfortable with them and be proud! Your tiger marks are symbols of courage, a proof of hardships during pregnancy, and a reminder that you brought precious life into this world. 

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    A Shoutout to Moms with Tiger Marks.

    . Self-love has been a major topic today and a lot of people have learned to embrace their flaws and the uniqueness of their bodies like skin complexion, birth marks, and moles. Another flaw that is very relevant especially to moms are stretch marks. Although it is very normal for moms to have it, moms are having a hard time dealing with it, these marks are the main cause of body insecurities and embarrassment.

    Digital artist Sarah Shakeel broke this negative views on stretch marks and proved that these marks are incredibly beautiful. She posted digital artworks on Instagram turning stretch marks into glitter marks ans space marks. “Each picture heals a part of me &I hope it heals a part of you too” she wrote at her Instagram bio. Her art gave empowerment and inspiration to her audience to love their bodies and be proud of it.

    Photo Link of Sara’s post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbIGDSuBK8u/?taken-by=sarashakeel

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    Spanish artist Cinta Tort Cartró, also learned to love her flaws and turned it into art, sharing them on her Instagram account @zinteta. She paints stretch marks with vividly colors. Cartró didn’t expect the positive responses she had with her artworks. Aside from her stretch mark artworks, she also takes an artistic perspective on period stains. She uses glitters, flowers and rainbow colors on her artworks to spread body positivity to her audience.

     Cartro also told that she had these marks too and hated them before. But due to her advocacy in promoting body positivity, she herself was able to accept her flaws as well. Now, she was able to encourage others to love themselves through her artworks. 

     “Society sees these things as flaws but they aren’t flaws – they are things in our bodies and we have to accept them. Because if we don’t accept them, we probably don’t accept our bodies and don’t accept ourselves.” Cartró said.

    Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BY0Ekv9hGZu/?taken-by=zinteta 

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    This new trend continues to create a change in the views of women on their stretch marks, and led them to appreciate and love their bodies. Filipino celebrities proudly showed off their stretch marks as well and has inspired Filipino moms to be unashamed of their tiger marks.

     Celebrity mom and TV actress, Ina Raymundo shared a photo on her Instagram showing how much she loves her stretch marks

    Photo:  https://www.instagram.com/p/1K1OO1P0w-/ 

     Maggie Wilson showed off her “battle scars” as well. Maggie is a TV personality and beauty queen, Maggie received admiration as she wasn’t ashamed of the aftermaths of her pregnancy.

    Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/1Awat-yyUp/

    Kylie Padilla, an actress who just turned into a mom also posted a photo with her stretch marks visible. She also wrote on one of her Instagram stories that she has no plans of erasing her stretch marks, because she wants to be reminded of her pregnancy with her child, Alas. 

     

     A proud mom commented: loversmoon2326: Stretch marks are milestones of motherhood, and signs of winning the battle...welcome to the club of mothers.

     

    Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BWrfw2oAPCv/

    TV actress Denise Laurel also flaunt her pregnancy marks at the beautiful island of Maldives. On her Instagram post, she captioned …I’m a mom I got folds and stretch marks its ME:)”.

    Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaJikK_BxbO/

     

    Every flaw has a great story behind it, so does your stretch marks. Be comfortable with your own imperfections and be proud of it! Stretch marks is part of being a woman. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Your tiger marks are symbols of courage, a proof of hardships during pregnancy and a reminder of how you were able to become an instrument to bring life to this world.

     

     

     

     

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