Few things in life make an individual feel less than themselves or even less than worthy quite like the perceived imperfections on our bodies. Stretch marks can be caused by simply growing too tall, too fast or from rapid weight gain, and quite commonly: pregnancy. Most people have scars from injuries or surgery and some people have skin discolorations for a wide variety of reasons. All of these things can leave a person feeling insecure. Even menstruation can leave a woman feeling ugly.
One artist is out on a mission to break down these stigmas and encourage people to look past their insecurities and find beauty in their unique bodies rather than seeing only flaws. Cinta Tort Cartró is 21 years old and she's using rainbow paint and glitter to break down the stigmas that hold women back from feeling confident, beautiful, and empowered by their bodies and experiences. Her goal is to use things women commonly consider imperfections and create an air of self-love and see it flourish in their hearts, minds, and souls.
Writing on Instagram under her commonly used pen name Zinteta, she says:
Stretch marks are part of our essence, our moments, our lives, our stories and us. To accept all this is to accept your roots, your history, everything in it and, after all, accept yourself.
Cartró says that her "creative awakening" was inspired by her own difficult path to self-love, and truly that makes the message of her work all the more powerful and inspiring. Have a look for yourself!
Zinteta's work may seem odd to some people but it's definitely making its way through the Internet where a lot of opinions are rolling in.... and most of them are really positive and coming from women everywhere. Take a look:
So, what do you think? Do you find the art empowering or does it rub you the wrong way? Weigh in!
I personally found this art really beautiful. The artist has taken something which most people see as an ugly, embarrassing part of their bodies and made it into something quite mesmerising to look at. The ultimate way some people go about professing love for themselves, and others, is through body modifications. These can be in the form of piercings and tattoos.. just to name a few! Check out these couples who celebrated their wedding with body modifications.