Stretch marks are having a bit of a moment, earning shout-outs from the likes of model/Twitter queen Chrissy Teigen:
...Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar:
...And model/professional thirst-trapper Amber Rose:
But despite their recent ~stardom~ of sorts (not to mention the fact that every woman has them), these streaky skin marks are still considered "flaws" — and that's something Caitna Tort Cartro wants to change.
The 21-year-old Spanish artist became an internet sensation this summer after Yahoo! Beauty profiled her latest project, which celebrates stretch marks by depicting them painted with a rainbow of colors.
Cartro, who goes by the artistic name "Zinteta," described her inspiration for the pieces in an interview with BuzzFeed:
"Throughout my life, especially my teenage years, I struggled with beauty standards," she explained. "When I was a teen, I suffered from anorexia. I wanted to be skinny, I wanted to get rid of the hair on my body, and I wanted to eliminate my stretch marks. In other words, I didn't love myself. I've always used art to express what I feel, my battles, and how they affect me."
Over time, "I learned that in order to get to know, and ultimately love myself, I had to start with accepting who I was, and what I looked like," Cartro continued. "I wanted to show this process of acceptance through art. Women battle with these things every day, so this project is about understanding there's beauty in all of us."
Besides stretch marks, Cartro has also turned period stains into colorful works of art for a project called #manchoynomedoyasco ("I stain and I'm not disgusted by myself"), which aims to normalize menstruation.
“We live in 2017," she tells Yahoo!. "Why is there still stigma revolving around periods?” (An excellent question, if we do say so ourselves.)
Take a spin through our gallery to see more of Cartro's work. Do you think it's beautiful, gross, thought-provoking, or all of the above?
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