Sammy Nickalls
Updated July 08, 2015 6:48 pm
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Kelly Oxford — social media #boss, author, and all-around funny lady— recently posted a pic of her thigh, which has visible stretch marks, spider veins, and a tiny bruise. Along with the image she wrote, “Teen stretch marks, Under Armour, mystery bruises, spider veins, all part of being a #WOMAN,” she wrote in the caption. Hear, hear.

As of Thursday, the post earned over 2,000 likes and sparked a body-positive conversation that’s all kinds of inspiring.

“Yes! I was a stick and at 13 I remember looking in moms full length mirror and screaming because I had these white squiggles on my bum and thighs,” writes one commenter. “Thanks @kellyoxford for highlighting it’s actually NORMAL.”

“The beauty is in the details,” writes another.

Oxford’s Instagram serves as the perfect reminder that it’s OK not to be “perfect.” And we love that she’s encouraging us to love and embrace our natural bodies, just the way they are. Because here’s the thing: stretch marks DO happen to everyone, just like cellulite, veins, and dimples. Thighs may naturally not touch, but they also may naturally touch as well. Womens’ bodies come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, with bumps and blemishes on all. These things are natural. . . but they’re often air-brushed out in the media, making growing girls (and grown women!) everywhere think that their own bodies are unattractive. This can lead to self-hatred, low self-esteem, and even disordered eating in order to achieve this impossibly flawless, smooth, vein-less body that is manufactured by Photoshop.

Kelly’s not the only celeb to proudly display her natural body on social media. In April, Chrissy Teigen posted a picture of her thighs (along with a delicious cold beverage and an adorable dog). “Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week,” she wrote in the caption. “Stretchies say hi!”

Demi Lovato has also posted a picture of her thighs on Instagram, but concentrated on a different aspect: the fact that her thighs touch. “Regardless of what society tells you these days. . . You don’t have to have a thigh gap to be beautiful,” she wrote in the caption. “It is possible to love your body the way it is.”

And we’ll always remember Rachel Hollis’s super inspiring pic of her in a bikini that she posted back in March. The pic of her rocking a fluorescent orange two-piece went totally viral, and not only because she looks fabulous, but because of the caption with it. “I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini,” she wrote. “I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. . . I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it.”

Sadly, there are so many natural things about a woman’s body that are erased with the click of a button by Photoshop. But we are totally loving all the women who are rapidly coming forward to share what their natural bodies REALLY look like off the magazine racks. It’s a brave thing when someone steps forward at the risk of being criticized to keep it real for the sake of positive body image. We’ll certainly be wearing our short-shorts and proudly displaying the stretch marks that come with being a woman. Thanks, ladies.

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