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When it comes to the imprint of streaks or stripes on the skin known as stretch marks, some women loathe the sight of it and are bothered. Some simply see it as an ode to the beauty of the female body. But most times than other, we all have a point in time where we find them to be an eyesore.

Recently, many ladies, celebrities included (Karrueche Tran and Chrissy Teigen), have been outspoken when it comes to their journey of embracing the marks on their bodies. Mentor and founder of Oh, Brenda, Brenda DeRousen, took to her website to share an image of her own stretch marks as a way to celebrate women’s bodies in a way that usually isn’t.

“As some of you may or may not know, I’ve been on a journey to fully love myself,” she wrote. “I’ve hid many of my insecurities by putting on a “strong woman” front and acting as if nothing ever bothered me. But that’s not really who I am. And in all actuality, A LOT of things bother me. One of those things happened to be the stretch-marks on my stomach.”

In the image posted, Brenda bares it all. Laying on a rug, with her the stretch marks that cover her abdomen in clear site, she leaves readers with a sentimental gem: “Sexy, near naked, and provocative pictures flood our news feeds daily. They make other women who don’t look the same feel inadequate. Well, here’s a different kind of provocative for your feed. Enjoy!”

Well, ladies, if you’re struggling with embracing your stretch marks, learn from Brenda’s bravery and the many other women that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. See Brenda’s full post of her discovery to loving her stretch marks here.

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