Stretch marks, much like your ex who you really don’t want to run into after ugly-crying in his bedroom, often pop up for no reason at all. I’ve had stretch marks on the sides of my ass since the seventh grade when I grew and gained twenty pounds in a year and felt as awkward as a baby giraffe. They’re faint and pale, but they’re there, almost like white tattoos that I definitely did not pay for. Usually, my stretch marks aren’t anything I worry about. They’re covered by pants or dresses most of the time and that’s all fine until summer rolls around and I’m suddenly horrified at my ass in a swimsuit because of the white lines.
Some girls manage to go through their lives without a single stretch mark marring their tummies or thighs, and those girls are robots or Instagram models. For the rest of us, stretch marks are just another thing to deal with, and another thing that separates us from the celebrities and models in magazines who we know are airbrushed but still look so perfect. Well, almost all the celebrities, anyway — except for one of the best ones.
Chrissy Teigen posted a Snapchat late last night of the stretch marks on her thighs, jokingly calling them “tributaries.” I don’t even know where to start with how much I love this. Sure, we’re all supposed to be 100 percent body confident and secure despite what we see in the media. But that’s not always easy and Chrissy makes me feel like she’s on my side. She might be famous and do gorgeous photo shoots, but she also knows how to poke fun at her body, which has, you know, carried a child and everything.
This also isn’t the first time she’s shown off her “stretchies” on social media. She posted an Instagram photo last year of her legs with her stretch marks clearly visible. Whether Chrissy really was trying to make a statement or literally was just bored and snapping photos of herself, I don’t know and I don’t care. She seems to get the idea that bodies grow and change and that it’s fine to be fine with it, which is a sentiment I can get on board with. I like the idea that a literal celebrity model can have thighs that actually look something like my own. Thanks for being awesome, Chrissy..