Whoever thought that stretch marks were unsightly and meant to be disguised, couldn’t have been more wrong—they are natural, beautiful, and empowering. Here is a list of five beautiful celebrities who proudly flaunt their tiger stripes without a second thought.
The Kardashian-Jenner clan are trendsetters. Whether it’s laser hair removal, ever-changing hair colors, business casual corsets, or “freeing the nipple,” reality television’s first family has rewritten the rules of fashion. Kim and her outspoken siblings are well-known for voicing their opinions about taboo topics that women generally shy away from, such as cellulite, pregnancy weight, plastic surgery, and hair removal. Kim Kardashian has been vocal about undergoing cosmetic procedures in the past to enhance her looks, so why should stretch mark removal surgery be any different? The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star who is best-known for her curvaceous derriere, recently admitted on Snapchat that she had her belly button tightened and stretch marks removed.
The 36-year-old mother-of-two was spotted outside Epione Beverly Hills, a popular celebrity cosmetic surgery clinic. Dressed in a plain black hoodie and leggings, the fashionista took to Snapchat to explain her decision to undergo surgery. Kim Kardashian admitted, “OK, so I just left Dr. Ourian’s office, and we worked on stretch marks today and I feel so excited that I finally did it.” She gushed, “I’ve been so scared to do it, thinking it hurts so badly, and it didn’t hurt that badly. So, I’m so grateful and I’m so excited. I love you, Dr. Ourian!”
While the oldest Kardashian sister’s decision to go under the knife is perfectly acceptable, there are celebrities who couldn’t care less about their imperfections such as stretch marks, pimples, dark circles, and scars. Here are five celebrities who have graciously embraced their imperfect bodies. Beauty comes in all shapes, forms, and sizes. Just ask celebrities like Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and Kate Winslet who have openly displayed their “flaws,” without caring about what others think. We love and salute you women!
#1. Chrissy Teigen
The supermodel and social media star is well-known for her culinary skills and witty, hilarious tweets. The 31-year-old often posts makeup-free selfies on Instagram and isn’t afraid to show off her stretch marks after the birth of her precious baby girl, Luna. Just six months after giving birth to her daughter with husband John Legend, Chrissy Teigen posed for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kudos to this amazing, fearless woman!
#2. Ashley Graham
The outspoken model, designer, and body activist has been supporting body image and body acceptance since the beginning of her career. The 28-year-old frequently posts untouched photos of herself frolicking on the beach in a bikini, unafraid to show off her stretch marks or imperfections. Ashley Graham really stuck it to her haters, when she shared a photo of her cellulite and captioned the photo, “I workout. I do my best to eat well. I love the skin I’m in. And I’m not ashamed of a few lumps, bumps or cellulite.. and you shouldn’t be either.” You go, girl!
#3. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is well-known for her eccentric, over the top outfits. The multi-talented singer faced social media backlash on several occasions, the most recent being her Super Bowl performance. The sad part is, the comments weren’t even targeted at her performance (which was incredible, by the way), but rather at her body for not being perfect! After people posted cruel comments about her soft stomach flesh shown off by her midriff-baring top, the 30-year-old star shared a lengthy body positive post on Instagram, some of which read, “I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too.” You go, Gaga!
#4. Jennifer Lopez
The drop dead gorgeous diva is no stranger when it comes to body-shaming. The 47-year-old proved time and again that she “Ain’t Your Mama,” with her beautiful bikini shots and glamorous costumes. The mother of twins, Emme and Maximilian has laughed off her body flaws saying, “I remember my flabby belly hanging out right after I gave birth. I kind of laughed and said to Marc, ‘Look, baby! Isn’t this crazy?’ I just didn’t care.” We love your “don’t care” attitude JLo!
#5. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba definitely has her plate full with her two daughters, while running the successful billion dollar enterprise called The Honest Company. The 35-year-old mother of adorable Honor and Haven once stated, “Let’s face it, I don’t have the body of a 14-year-old anymore. I think the more we try not to have that unrealistic ideal, the happier we’ll be.” Alba even went on record to confess, “I have cellulite and stretch marks – and I have a muffin top!”