Stretch Marks: My Body Confidence Journey

“Is it bad to have stretch marks?” This is in the top 4 questions when doing a search on Google for stretch marks.

I don’t find it hard to believe and I find it very very sad.

Stretch marks

I’ve noticed that mostly stretch marks are associated with being “fat” or overweight or pregnancy but ask yourself this.

Do you really know anyone who has not got a stretch mark?

As children and adults our bodies change all the time, yes it may be pregnancy, you might gain weight, loose weight or go through a growth spurt. All of these things are so common. I belive that we have been conditioned into thinking we have to look a certain way. Who’s responsible for this. Well, this could go on for a while.

Parents, schools, fashion industry, social media, designers and so on. I’m not going to sit here and lie that i’m an expert in these things and I’m certainly no historian of fashion either. But conditioning has certainly been partly responsible for the way we feel about ourselves. Only you change change to the way you feel about yourself and awareness is the key.

My stretch marks and me

I’ve been blogging for just over 1 year now. It started because I wanted to raise awareness and confidence in others and myself to feel good about the way I look. But I fell into a circle I think, I love beauty products and it felt “safer” for me to write about beauty, artificial things like make up and skincare (of course I still love these) but what was I achieving? Comparing what I didn’t have to others that had it and my blog wasn’t helpful for me. Now, I feel like I have my focus back now and this is why I’m writing this post.

Buying clothes to hide my stretch marks

I like to buy nice underwear and swimwear. But I feel like no one wants to see my stretch marks so i’ll opt for an all in one or granny knickers to hide it all away.  Lets spin it 0n it’s head. Slim people can also have stretch marks, and they are always edited out of photos.

Underwear from https://www.hunkemoller.co.uk/uk_en/

This site caters for all and has plus size underwear too!

FYI, stretch marks are not evil, they will not make you lesser of a person, they cannot take away your achievement, they DO…not…make…you…ugly.

I really love that over the past year we have started seeing a shift to “being real” and more online fashion retailers are using unedited photos of their models showing their real beauty.

I would like to thank my fellow plus size bloggers for inspiring me to do this post and get my most hidden parts of my body out for all of you to see!