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Chrissy Teigen learned to live with her stretch marks long before her pregnancies.
Back in 2015, the model mom shared a candid photo that showed her marked thighs on Instagram and captioned it, "Stretchies say hi." After the post went viral, Chrissy dismissed the fevered attention it drew, saying, "I think we forgot what normal people look like now."
In the years since, Chrissy has become a mom - she and her husband John Legend have almost 2-year-old daughter Luna and are expecting a baby boy as well – and she has continued to keep it real. After losing the baby weight the first time around, Chrissy was quick to point out that "[Celebrities] have nutritionists, we have dietitians, we have trainers, we have our own schedules, we have nannies. We have people who make it possible for us to get back into shape. But nobody should feel like that’s normal, or like that’s realistic."
In a recent interview about her current pregnancy, the soon-to-be mom-of-two was asked if she has a skin care regime to get rid of stretch marks on her belly. Her response:
"No. I don't believe in... I am a firm believer that no cream will sew together ripped skin. That's bonkers to me that anyone even buys those, and I'm definitely never going to work for a stretch mark cream thing, but no, just preventative. I just live with the ones I have, I'm cool with that."
Ironically, Chrissy says that constantly being around models and actresses has actually given her a healthy perspective on beauty and body image.
"Well, the thing that was big to me was I was lucky enough to be on sets of Victoria's Secret shoots and Sports Illustrated shoots, where I saw the people with the most incredible bodies in the world have stretch marks. I'm so lucky I got to see that because I feel like not enough people get to see that in a world of Facetune. They think that these faces look like this and these butts look like this. Like, I have seen the most incredible women in the world, not one of them doesn't have stretch marks. I'm not kidding. It's just about who's willing to show them."
As someone with a few (okay, more than a few) hard-earned tiger stripes of my own, I'd like to thank Chrissy Teigen for lifting the veil on this. We see all of these "flaweless" women on screens and in magazines – celebrities with smooth skin and perfect hair and toned post-baby bodies – and it's easy to forget that what we're seeing isn't exactly reality. Comparing myself to an airbrushed, edited, made-up, perfectly lit version of the truth? That sounds pretty bonkers to me.
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