Model Robyn Lawley Calls Her Stretch Marks “Bad Ass Tiger Stripes”

The world is pretty aggressive in its attempts to make women hate everything about themselves, giving us a seemingly endless list of potential trouble areas covering pretty much every inch of skin from the bottom of our feet to the tops of our heads, so I appreciate any and all efforts to call bullshit on that nonsense by seeing the beauty in those alleged “flaws.” For example, stretch marks. EEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW, right?

Nope! Listen, I’ve got ‘em on my hips, probably from when puberty formed my scrawny frame into a pear-shape. And despite all of the women’s mags tips that advise slathering my body in vitamin E or else they’d be permanent, and the scowls on my friends’ faces when they talk about hating theirs, I’ve never minded or tried to get rid of my stretch marks. Honestly, I think they’re pretty rad, and kind of pretty to boot. I call them my stripes. And, as it turns out, so doesSports Illustrated’s first “plus-size” cover model, Robyn Lawley.

Lawley recently gave birth to her first child, and posted the above Instagram shot showing off the stretch marks on her stomach from pregnancy and calling them her “tiger stripes.” Later, in a Facebook post, she explained:

As for my stretch marks I knew they were coming and as they’re fading into white (like all my others) I thought I might capture them. Because they are some bad ass ‪#‎tigerstripes‬. And I earned them.

We put an unbelievable amount of ridiculous time consuming pressure on women to care so much about their flaws they forget how truly beautiful they (you) are today.

F**k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud. And put your efforts into skills that rely more on your physical self.

And to anyone who feels bad about your body especially after a baby, you are a warrior, you created a life inside of you, that’s no easy feat.

I might not have earned my tiger stripes from carrying around a baby in my belly for nine months, but I had to be a bad ass warrior to survive the havoc puberty raged on the rest of my body. And dammit, I wear them with pride. [The Cut]