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#LoveYourLines Shows the Raw Beauty of Black Women’s Bodies, Stretch Marks, Scars and All

• Dec 30, 2015
Creators of "Love Your Lines" Alex Smith (left) and Erika Salazar (right).

Creators of “Love Your Lines” Alex Smith (left) and Erika Salazar (right).

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.

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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.

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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.” –

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”.

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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.” —

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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 –

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You can follow the Love Your Lines campaign that Alex Smith and Erika Salazar created on Instagram @loveyourlines

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6 years ago

I guess I am the only one tired of “movements” like this: women being more naked or more sexual as a form of social or political activism. It is so counterproductive to detaching the female identity from her sexual and material self.

6 years ago
Reply to  Rose

Thank you!!!!

6 years ago

This is right on time. I just bought a derma roller to get rid of the stretch marks on my thighs. I’m probably still going to try it, but it’s nice to women accepting themselves.

Sabrina black
Sabrina black
6 years ago

That’s Great!?

6 years ago

I truly applaud women who can do this in our hyper superficial age. Unfortunately I am not as mature. I’ve got all manner of potions and will be looking into acquiring a derma-roller. I’m getting rid of these stretch marks one way or another.
#Bio-Oil #tamanu-oil #skin-graft.

6 years ago
Reply to  eljjai

Lol.…I also heard retin a might also work.…and shea plus cocoa butter mixed with oils..Although that might take a while.…

La Bella Bre'
La Bella Bre'
6 years ago

Gosh I love this! I have surgical scars from previous health issues and also stretch marks from my 2 lovely children. I always cover my body except around my fiance’ because I’m always self-conscious of the scars and stretch marks. I haven’t worn a swimsuit since 2004. I’d love to muster the gusto to post to that IG. I think this is a wonderful campaign! I love the one who said, “I grow humans. What’s your superpower? ” Amazing…the Black and Brown body is one of the most beautiful creations on this planet, regardless of size, age, or skin tone. I… Read more »

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