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'Love Your Lines' Campaign Celebrates Stretch Marks

"Love Your Lines" Instagram campaign urges women to love their bodies

Let's be honest; we've all been conditioned to hate stretch marks. Small ones that creep across our thighs; big ones that come 'round our post-baby bellies … no matter how many we have or how big they are, we all try to fight them in one way or another. We lather ourselves in "miracle-working" moisturizers and we research all sorts of kooky ways to remove them; and we hope and pray that they don't look too obvious on the beach.

But why? Considering 80 percent of Americans have them, they are caused by natural hormones, and usually arrive along with our little bundles of joy … what's with all the shame? Isn't it time we look at them through a different lens? Not as ugly, gross imperfections, but more as beautiful and natural signs of all that we've been through? "Badges of honor," so to speak?

So goes the logic of the Instagram account @LoveYourLines created by two East Coast moms after talking about how having babies changed their bodies.

After putting out a call-out for submissions earlier this month, they posted the first images on August 12. And you know what? They were beautiful:

Since then, nearly 100 photos have been posted to the account, as the movement to love our lines has grown. Many often feature captions or stories submitted by the woman in the photo, like this one:

And this one:

And last, but not least, this one:

Though the moms who created the account wish to remain anonymous, one did agree to speak to HuffPost via email.

"I found it interesting that all types of women have stretch marks because I've had them on my thighs since I was a teenager," she said. "So even though I'm a mom (which gave me a few more) I've been coming to terms with my marks for a long time now."

Want to submit your own photos? Love Your Lines just has a few guidelines to follow first, which you can read here. Then email your photo to loveyourlines@gmail.com.

Photos via Instagram

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