Ever wish you could really embrace your stretchmarks and show them off for the wonderful stories that they are? Well, that’s exactly what one amazing artist helps women do! Her Instagram name is Zinteta. Meet The Artist That Transforms Stretch Marks Into Works Of Art.
I recently read an article about an amazing artist who takes the one thing that we moms wish we could get rid of and turn them into extraordinary works of art. I just had to share it with all of you!
Meet the Artist That Transforms Stretch Marks Into Works Of Art
Stretch marks. Who doesn’t have some? Who doesn’t want to get rid of them? We buy expensive creams or scour the web looking for natural stretch mark remedies. I admit it, I do the latter! After seeing these photos, though, it made me realize that something we women hate can actually be awesome.
Cinta Tort Cartró, aka Zinteta, lives in Barcelona. This artist is trying to change the way women feel about their flaws. No, make that “flaws,” with quotation marks. After all, society alone has decided that these natural variations on our bodies are considered “imperfections.” We’re taught to hate our wrinkles, freckles, spots and, of course, stretch marks. We learn through magazines and Hollywood that anything other airbrushed perfection is “imperfect.”
But this artist is teaching us a wonderful lesson with her work. Zinteta is an illustrator, an artist and a feminist. She believes all bodies are beautiful and worth celebrating. No exceptions, no caveats.
“Stretch marks. Look at them, read them, discover them, love them.”
You’ll notice that she’s not telling us to “embrace our flaws” or anything so trite. Instead, she’s reminding us that stretch marks on their own tell a story. They’re not imperfections, they’re tales waiting to be told and remembered.
There are many types of bodies and stretch marks. Some women have thicker or thinner stretch marks, and some are more pronounced than others. Cinta just saw them as an opportunity to transform them into works of art.
As she explains, she grew up feeling out of place, especially as a “tall and big” woman. She wanted to use her art to show the world that everyone is beautiful, that so-called flaws are anything but. She definitely accomplished her goal, and the results were stunning.
“We are all different and each body has its own energy and essence. We all have a past, a history, and we much accept it. Stretch marks are part of our bodies, our lives, our stories.”
Cinta is trying to make us realize that we are all unique, and we must accept and love our bodies the way they are. We should be able to feel free. We should be able to communicate with our bodies. Most important of all, we should never be ashamed of what others view as “flaws” or “imperfections.” I totally agree.
“Love your body more and don’t feel pressured by society. Your body, your home, you decide.”
I am a mother of two wonderful kids and my body is not the same anymore. Yes, I have belly fat that I can’t get rid of. Sure, I have some wrinkles. I definitely have a few stretch marks. Each one of these things made me the person I am now. They made me a mother. They are reminders of the times I was pregnant. They’re the stories about my life. And I should be proud of them every day.
So, I’m going to stop looking for stretch mark remedies, stop trying to banish so-called imperfections. I urge you to do the same. Stop thinking of them as flaws and start thinking of them as natural parts of your story. The same goes for your freckles, your wrinkles, your c-section scar, your grey hairs, your slightly crooked front tooth…you get the idea. If every one of us looked exactly the same, the world would be an incredibly boring place, don’t you think?
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