Cool! Chrissy Teigen Likes Her Stretch Marks

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen with new born Luna out for a long walk home after lunch at Il Buco in East Village on May 14, 2016 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)

Around 9:55 p.m. last night, Chrissy Teigen posted a photo of her leg propped up on her other leg with the caption “Whatevs.” It’s been since favorited 76,688 times and retweeted 9,051 times, which is more than usual for her by a factor of about 10, according to some shoddy math I just did in my head. The numbers are still rising, and it’s currently highlighted as a top “Moment” on Twitter right now. Let’s review this work of popular cultural art:

There is no Snap filter to speak of, nor is John Legend smizing in the background. All in all, the photo is pretty banal. It’s of a woman’s inner thigh with an empty glass of red wine in the background, though this thigh happens to break one bullshit rule of how a woman’s thigh is “allowed” to look in that it’s decorated with stretch marks. I’m not surprised such an image would spark so much joy and celebration from women all over Twitter. How could it not? Roughly 80% of freaking people see something similar every day when they get dressed, and yet the mainstream media’s treatment of stretch-marked skin is akin to a doctor’s to disease. Sounds familiar right?

It’s particularly powerful when someone like Chrissy Teigen posts a whatever photo and says whatevs. She’s a supermodel whose career took off as a result of her Sports Illustrated magazine spreads — editorials that feature small bikinis and smooth thighs. This isn’t the first time Teigen has talked about her stretch marks. She posted a similar photo in 2015 with the caption: “Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!” She received a similar outpouring of appreciation and was in the news for like a week straight. And she tweeted again this morning in response to all the attention.

She’s not just admitting she has them, she’s admitting she likes them. It’s normalization as its most productive. There is so much power in her casual appreciation for her body, particularly a part of it the beauty standard seems intent on excluding.

Photo via Getty Images.

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman

Haley Nahman is the Features Director at Man Repeller.

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