An inspiring Instagram account which started in August of 2014 is aiming to encourage all women (not only mothers) to embrace their bodies and learn to love them exactly as they are right now. There is no fat shaming and no hatred allowed. Comments are moderated and those who leave negative comments are deleted and blocked.
LoveYourLines has more than 100,000 followers and they have a strict no hatred policy which encourages real women to send in photos of their scarred and stretch mark-covered bodies and tell their story. It's beautiful and awe-inspiring to read the stories of self love these women have to share.
The slogan that LoveYourLines lives by says: "Celebrating real women, real bodies and real self love". Because there are worse things in the world that being fat and/or having scars and stretch marks. Spread the love!
Take a look at a few of the submitted photos and read the stories of these real women.
"I was adopted from birth. I am now 26 with a two year old. These stretch marks are from the only blood relative I have, my son. These lines signify the 42 weeks he spent inside my body, preparing himself for our first eye to eye meeting of mother and son. These lines signify how my body held you until my arms could , and for that I will always find something beautiful in it."
"I'm 22 years old. I suffered from depression nearly half my life. I started cutting when i was 13. I developed body image issues at a very young age and it wasnt till I got pregnant that i started to embrace my body. Both my scars and my lines are a symbol of growth, and overcoming the obstacles that come in that process. Since this picture was taken i've lost my twin girls at 5 months. I cant help but look at my lines now and feel the pain of my loss, its a step backwards but they also encourage me to maintain strength." Submitted by @theglamgoblin
"When I turned 13 my mother began being extremely emotionally, verbally and physically abusive towards me. Every morning when I was getting ready for school she would come into my room and tell me how fat and ugly I was. I dealt with that for 5 years until I turned 18 and left her and my hometown behind. I found a great guy who loved me for me and my self esteem started to climb even though I was 5'2 and weighed 155lbs he still loved me for me. Then in June of 2012 I found out I was pregnant, I had lost 2 babies prior. I was terrified. Around 34 weeks my first mark appeared and it shattered me. And every day more and more appeared. I gave birth on March 11, 2013 to my amazing beautiful baby boy. I weighed in at 185 and by October of 2013 I was down to 110lbs thanks to severe post partum depression and anxiety and two hospitalizations due to PPD. It wrecked my body and my self esteem. I always wanted to be "skinny" but now I realize how shallow I was. Beauty is not only on the outside. After finding #loveyourlines I began to embrace my body, this is me, take it or leave it. I'm a strong woman who has been through so much in such a little time. I'm learning still to totally love my body and myself but I'm getting there. Thank you to everyone who has posted on this page. You inspire me to love me no matter what. Much love!" Submitted by @Mommymisfits
"I'm a 23 year old first time mom of a 16 month old boy. I struggled with lines from the age of ten. My legs are covered in them, I always got bullied because of how unique I looked. People would ask what happend to me or whats wrong with me. I would simply say....I'm just different. Until this day I love my body that has brought an angel into this world, my husband tells me my body is what makes me a real woman."
"Never thought in a million years I would be so god damn proud of my body. I appreciate it even more now after carrying, nurturing and developing my special little girl. Being only 21 and having a baby has changed my life for the best, and recently founding out my daughter has a very rare syndrome ( craniofrontonasal dysplasia ) makes me love my lines so much more, there the results of my body carrying one special baby."
"I'm 19 and I have a son who is 2 months old. Could never be ashamed of my lines. Because to me, it would be like to be ashamed of my child. When I look at him, I always think "Wow it was worth it, it was so damn worth it. A thousand times over." I can show my belly for people and feel so damn proud and it feels good that I feel that way. I dont think I need to hide my lovely lines from anyone. I love them so much and so proud that I have them." Submitted by @aimmmes
'I have always struggled with my body image. After developing large breasts at an early age, I was always uncomfortable to show my body. I am now 25 years old and the mother of a beautiful 4 year old named Lennon Elijah. Today was the first time in my life I looked in the mirror and thought "I love my body. Stretch marks, scars, and all." I am the strongest woman I've ever been and growing stronger every day.'
'I spent the days leading up to vacation trying to decide if I'd wear a two piece. My decision is apparent, but my reasoning is simple - I earned every stripe adorning my body. It's a pity that having a child is a direct cause for self image issues, as opposed to being cause for an ongoing celebration. I had stretch marks before my daughter. I have more after having her. I was a divine vessel before having my daughter, & that hasn't changed now that she's here. If anything, it only affirms what is. Loving my body is a direct insult to anything that would have me think otherwise.' submission by: @bhargette
Would you be brave enough to share a real body photo?