Loving Your Lines. For centuries, women’s bodies have been under scrutiny, and society typically focuses on a perfectly smooth, hairless, curved in all the right places female body, resulting in surprise and often shock when faced with the true human form in all its spotty glory! In recent years, however, there’s been an increase in people’s acceptance and honesty towards their bodies, and amongst other breakthroughs such as body diversity, stretch marks are finally being celebrated.
Stretch marks are an inevitable part of life that almost every person encounters in some form. They can happen for lots of different reasons, such as weight gain, muscle gain, weight loss and pregnancy, and to people of all shapes and sizes. Chrissy Teigen hit headlines last month after posting a Snapchat that revealed her post-childbirth stretch marks, proving even models aren’t perfect, and just as human as the rest of us.
This celebration of stretch marks has been an artistic inspiration for many. Photographer Chloe Newman, has created a series of images that highlight the beauty of the natural female body, photographing stretch marks paired with glamorous lighting and with a touch of glitter; because what says celebration like glitter? The photos were used in collaboration with Polyester Zine, who’s Editor-in-Chief, Ione Gamble, allegedly suggested the photoshoot should be done as if shooting a fashion accessories editorial, resulting in final images that depict stretch marks with the same beauty as a Gucci handbag, minus the hefty price tag.
Love Your Lines is yet another phenomenon hoping to erase the shame associated with stretch marks. Having launched in 2015, #loveyourlines is an Instagram page curated by Alex Elle and Erika Layne that’s dedicated to posting beautiful black and white portraits, featuring the bodies of women and men proudly showing off their marks. All of the images are submissions from people around the world who want to share their story and let others know they’re not alone in their insecurities.
Written by Amy Jackson for Fashion Philosophy, Issue 3. Featuring a photograph from “Love Your Body” published on Oh Brenda! blog.