YOUR BODY IS NOT RUINED. YOU ARE A GODDAMN TIGER WHO EARNED HER STRIPES
A large percentage of the population is affected by stretch marks, which can appear for various reasons, be it as a result of weight loss or gain, growth spurts or even pregnancy. Men, women and even children can end up having them yet they still have a reputation for being unsightly and unattractive.
I had stretch marks from a very early age due to the constant fluctuations in my weight. I was so embarrassed by them and absolutely hated my stretch marks. I never wore shorts or hit the beach without wearing a sarong or cover-up of sorts. I actually didn’t wear anything sleeveless, because the stretch marks on my arms are super bold and deep.
In 2014 I had plucked up the courage to do a boudoir photo shoot as a gift for my soon-to-be husband and that is where I fell in love with my TIGER STRIPES. Those unedited photos made me feel beautiful and strong. I suspect that the pure magic of the uber talented Julia Janse Van Vuuren played a massive part in me learning to love my body. Assuming she had edited the photos, I remember jokingly saying to her, “You made me look hot!!” to which she replied, “Nope, that’s all you!”. It was music to my ears, heart and soul I tell you. I figure that we are so busy being exceptionally critical of ourselves, that we don’t take the time to realise how remarkably beautiful we are.
Looking hot AF in my boudoir photo shoot
When you love your pics taken by Julia so much, that you end up having a book created
So I went from being the girl who hated her stretch marks, to the woman who absolutely loves her tiger stripes and wears them with pride. For me tiger stripes are a sign of a life lived, a sign of experience, courage and reminders of beautiful moments in my life. They are the most sentimental scars I have, as they are a constant reminder of the two beautiful and precious souls I’ve brought into this world. Tiger stripes are like dope lightning tattoos that give our bodies character and its own uniqueness.
So try to not be phased about something that is so natural! Embrace your body, every inch of it ….. tiger stripes, and all. Afterall they do make you, uniquely you. You are indeed beautiful in the skin you are in.
Now go flaunt that shit, because hey, “why the hell not?”