Padma Lakshmi has long been advocate for body positivity—and the chef-turned-television host has proven once again that when it comes to women's bodies, real is beautiful. Lakshmi wrote that she wants her daughter to know that "beauty is skin-deep, but dumb and dull are to the bone. It's safe to say nobody was looking at the photo to judge her stretch marks.
Ten years ago, I lost 60 pounds. This was when I reached pounds, which at 5'0 was a size and didn't feel like me. It wasn't even my highest weight, which was pounds when I was pregnant with my first child almost 17 years ago.
Last month, a woman posted a graphic selfie of her C-section scars and it went viral. That operation is often denigrated by people who say women get C-sections because they're "lazy. In some cases, C-sections are medically necessary, and the surgery is not easy or fun.
Stretch marks due to pregnancy is understandable, but stretch marks due to being excessively fat and disgusting is not understandable. Yes it is a turn off. They aren't beautiful but they aren't really a big deal.
She is glowing, and from the viewpoint of the photograph, it looks as though her body has generally bounced back to its pre-pregnancy state. Many of us know a few mothers who have somehow just stepped back into their pre-pregnancy bodies. While I am happy for them, I cannot actually relate.
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The other night, while I read my son a book, he was aimlessly drawing circles on my side with his thumb. Out of nowhere he blurted out, "Why do you have these white scars all over your tummy? My son knew what a uterus was before he could tie his own shoes.
Mabey declared that stretch marks aren't something to be ashamed of or hide from. She captioned the image with a lengthy screed to any would-be body shamers. I've thought a lot about posting this picture as I don't want people to get the wrong idea.
With our weight naturally fluctuating over the course of a lifetime, the stretching of our precious skin is bound to leave us with some marks and lines here and there. But unfortunately, we are often taught to be ashamed of them. I started appreciating my stretch marks once I began taking photos of them, documenting my body in a way that made it less scary to show off my lines in public.
She's convinced that other women are staring at her thighs. But after her confidence is bolstered by a body-image pep talk from Carrie, Charlotte returns to the spa, nervously unwraps her towel, enters the steam room, and bares all. Just as her anxiety is about to reach a fever pitch, validation comes in the form of another woman's voice: "I'd kill for your breasts. That woman's envy and Charlotte's own certainty that her thighs don't measure up explain the problem of women's body image perfectly.