Chrissy Teigen has gone from fashion model to role model. Teigen posted a photo on Instagram showing bruises on her legs caused by her kitchen door handles. She ended her caption with, “stretchies say hi.”
Teigen had no idea her Instagram photo showing her stretch marks would inspire women to upload photos of themselves and their striae. Teigen has also been applauded for pulling the curtain on models having perfect bodies with flawless skin.
Stretch marks are caused by pulling of the skin from pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss, and even hormonal changes.
Often times, men and women feel embarrassed by the physical appearance of the scars prompting them to cover up what they consider to be ‘problem areas.’ Women are proudly renaming their stretch marks, ‘tiger stripes.’ A step in the right direction towards self acceptance and positive body image.