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This Woman Is Transforming Her 'Flaws' Into Works of Art

We all have days when we feel insecure and uncomfortable about certain parts of our body, but body positive artist Cinta Tort Cartró (@zinteta) is here to remind you that you don't need to feel that way. Rather than dwelling on her so called "flaws," the 21-year-old is transforming them into rainbow colored works of art, hoping to empower other women.

 

Obsérvalas, léelas, descúbrelas y ámalas. Estrías Des de bien pequeñitxs nos hacen odiar todo aquello que tenemos en nuestro cuerpo e intentan constantemente que eliminemos todo aquello que para ellos no es normal: las manchas, las pecas, los pelos, y un sinfín de cosas más, y... las estrías. Las estrías son aquellas marcas que muchxs de nosotrxs tenemos en la piel. Me pasé años odiándolas e intentando encontrar una manera de eliminarlas, hasta que me dí cuenta que si no las aceptaba no me estaba aceptando a mi misma. Hace unos pocos años que he empezado a trabajar el amor propio y a aceptar y ver todo lo que hay en mi cuerpo. Aceptar todo esto es aceptar tus raíces, tu historia, todo lo que hay en él y, al fin y al cabo, aceptarte a ti misma. Las estrías son parte de nuestra esencia, nuestros momentos, de nuestras vidas, de nuestras historias y de nosotrxs. Son tan bellas que no se como a veces consiguen que las odiemos. Observarlas es terapéutico. No dejas que se metan con todo lo que tienes y todo lo que eres. Quererse es un acto revolucionario.

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"It all started as a form of expression, but it quickly turned into social commentary of the male-dominated culture we live in," she recently told Yahoo! Beauty in an interview. "There are many things happening in my town that I couldn't be silent on, such as the male microaggression toward the female body. I know there are countries that have it worse than here in Spain, but I couldn't stay silent."

 

#manchoynomedoyasco

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On top of destigmatizing stretch marks, (which are totally natural and normal, BTW), Cinto has also created art to normalize menstruation. Her latest series is called #manchoynomedoyasco, which, according to Yahoo!, roughly translates to "I stain myself, and I'm not grossed-out by it." Her message: "We live in 2017," she says. "Why is there still stigma revolving around periods?"

She's also used her creativity to bring awareness to the #freethenipple movement.

 

#freethenipple

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Overall, Cinta's goal is to help women realize that every body deserves to be celebrated because our differences set us apart from one another. "I grew up feeling sometimes out of place," she admits. "I'm tall and big, so it's important for me to state in my art that everyone is beautiful and those 'flaws' are not that. They make us unique and special."

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