Kendra Wilkinson Instagrammed Her Stretch Marks, & 4 Other Times Celebs Got Real AF On Social Media
While body positivity might be trendy in theory, it’s still rare to see celebrities allowing themselves to present legitimately unflattering images of themselves. There are “no makeup” selfies here and there, but largely those are presented by stars so conventionally attractive they defeat their own point of relatability (plus, I’m convinced half of them have tinted moisturizer on at least). In what doubled as a Mother’s Day post and a refreshingly plucky move, Kendra Wilkinson showed her stretch marks on Instagram in one of her multiple posts yesterday celebrating the realities of motherhood.
The 30-year-old reality star of Kendra On Top posted multiple photos of herself with her two children, 23-month-old Alijah and 6-year-old Hank, adding sweet anecdotes about their personalities and her experiences with them as babies. In one of the photos, she is sitting with a newborn Alijah, her stomach and head wrapped up in cloth — a realistic portrait of a new mother who isn’t posing in a made-up or polished way. She playfully captioned it: “Happy Mastitis day. Ooops I meant Mother’s Day!! Flashback to the first week with Alijah.”
In an age that perpetuates not only the overtly airbrushed and curated images of celebrities, but also encourages the self-curation of Instagram filters and #branding, it’s a breath of fresh air to witness the few who use their platform to show the less flattering images of reality.
While the idea of it being somehow “brave” for a celebrity to post an honest photo might feel ridiculous, it’s the mundane nature that makes it so important. Having stretch marks, mastitis, blemishes — any human body characteristic — is normal. There is nothing unique or shocking about the fact that a human being who happens to be in the spotlight also experiences these physical symptoms of motherhood and being alive. And yet, we so rarely allow celebrities to show themselves without lambasting them, and thus trapping ourselves further into the cycle of unrealistic expectations.
Luckily, Kendra Wilkinson is not the lone ranger of owning her body. There are many other people in the limelight speaking up and showing up for more realistic body standards. So, without further adieu, here are four more examples.
1. When Adele Opened Up About Body Image In An Interview
Constantly in the spotlight for her musical talent, Adele has dealt with more than her fair share of micro-aggressions about her body. In an interview she opened up and revealed that while yes, it is a struggle, she prefers to focus on more important things than a restricting view of what makes a “good body.”
2. Lindy West ALL THE TIME, But Especially This Week
Comedian and writer Lindy West is the badass patron saint of owning your body and not swallowing the bullshit toxic standards placed on us by patriarchal capitalism. Just last week she penned a great essay for The Guardian sharing the body issues she’s dealt with since childhood, and how she’s learned to transcend the bullshit.
3. When Gabourey Sidibe Made A Speech At The Gloria Awards
Exhausted of the condescending and body-shaming subtext behind people’s inquiries as to “where her confidence comes from,” actress Gabourey Sidibe blew shit out of the water when she made a speech at the 2014 Gloria Awards and Gala.
She’s also here lookin’ cute last week.
4. When Ashley Graham Responded To Cheryl Tiegs’ Bodyshaming
Earlier this year Ashley Graham was the first plus-sized model to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Despite widespread support, she immediately received criticism from former SI model Cheryl Tiegs, who claimed she didn’t look healthy. Not about to sit down and take that shit, Graham immediately responded saying, “There are too many people thinking they can look at a girl my size and say that we are unhealthy. You can’t, only my doctor can!”
Although it can be depressing feeling relief that celebrities are standing up for their completely legitimate bodies (hello, all bodies are legitimate), the importance of visible body-positive women in the media cannot be emphasized enough.