Just about every woman on the planet has a few scars or stretch marks they have trouble accepting. With all the bleaching creams and stretch mark oils on the market, it’s pretty obvious that the scars that we might consider flaws aren’t exactly celebrated. The owners of the Love Your Lines Instagram account are trying to change ideas of what is normal and what is beautiful one black and white portrait at a time.
When Erika Salazar, a photographer, and Alex Smith, a writer, created the Love Your Lines campaign last summer they sought to celebrate real women who have real bodies – un-retouched and without Photoshop. The women they feature have stretch marks and scars. Some of their stripes come from child birth and others come from surgeries or even weight loss and gain.
“It started as a friendly conversation between us about self-acceptance and body image,” says Smith. “That birthed Love Your Lines, and it grew into something amazing. Because of the huge and almost instant response that we received, we realized that we had filled a huge void.” – Elle.com
If you look through the Instagram account which now has hundreds of submissions, you can’t help but feel a little bit more confident about your own body. You start to feel as if you aren’t alone when it comes to trying to accept what society has deemed “un-pretty”.
“We want women to know they are not alone, and there is now a platform where they can feel safe about sharing their relatable and life changing stories,” says Smith, who also shared that she and Salazar are working on a coffee table book featuring images from the campaign. “We feel very fortunate that we can share this with so many women from all walks of life, throughout the world.” — Elle.com
For Salazar, the Love Your Lines campaign hits close to home. Her daughter had open heart surgery at the time of her birth and now has a scar going down her chest.
“I never want her to think twice about whether she’s beautiful or not.” Erika Salazar – Globalnews.com
You can follow the Love Your Lines campaign that Alex Smith and Erika Salazar created on Instagram @loveyourlines