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Women Are Showing Off Their Stretch Marks With The Hashtag #LoveYourLines

We’ve all got them, so let’s flaunt them.

Here’s a truth: You can be any size and have stretch marks.

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Don’t believe us? Just ask Chrissy Teigen, who recently posted a pic of her “stretchies” on Instagram.

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You can get ‘em at any age: from puberty, through pregnancy, from weight gain or loss.

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And here’s the thing: Stretch marks are actually cool battle scars.

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They’re a part of your history.

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A part of your journey.

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Proof that you did something really monumental.

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That you’ve lived fully.

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And there’s even a hashtag. The #LoveYourLines Instagram hashtag captures the power of women with stretch marks.

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All kinds of beautiful women with stretch marks.

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But most importantly it makes these women and their lines visible.

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“I like to see my body as a book, the stretch marks tell the story and the scars are the pictures,” wrote this Instagram user.

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“What I thought would signify ugl[iness], actually signifies beauty and life,” reads the caption on this picture. “I earned these marks, and I will always wear them proudly.”

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Showing — and embracing — your stretch marks is a way of fighting back against a culture that airbrushes away women’s imperfections.

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That tells women that they must live up to a stick-thin, blemish-free notion of femininity.

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A culture that tells us we should strive to be physically perfect instead of perfectly happy.

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But actually? Your stretch marks should be worn with pride.

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Because, after all, they’re a road map of your wisdom and experience.

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And besides:

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