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Iskra Lawrence and Sarah Tripp Want You to Stop Thinking of These Common Things As Flaws

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Body-positive role models Sarah Tripp and Iskra Lawrence recently paired up to send a very important message to their combined ~4.5 million social media followers: It's time to love and accept your "flaws"—period. (Related: Iskra Lawrence Joins the #BoycottTheBefore Movement)

The duo shared the uplifting message on Tripp's blog, Sassy Red Lipstick, where they listed five extremely common physical attributes that society has deemed to be "flaws" alongside several unretouched photos of the two of them together. They want to spread the message that none of these so-called imperfections matter as long as you feel good and confident in your own skin. (Find out why Iskra Lawrence wants you to stop calling her plus-size.)

Here are five things that women have been told they should change or hide—but Lawrence and Tripp are encouraging women to celebrate instead.

Your Rolls

"Having a flat stomach is probably the number-one wish of every woman," writes Tripp. "But why?? Having a little squish {or big squish} is totally normal and doesn't make you any less beautiful!" (Related: Anna Victoria Gets Real About Stomach Rolls)

In a world where perfection is idolized, it's hard to overlook the illusion of perfect Instagram abs. "Don't worry about the creases you get when you're sitting down," says Tripp. "They're totally natural and beautiful…just like you."

Your Stretch Marks

So many women find themselves feeling self-conscious about their stretch marks when they are actually a perfectly natural and normal part of your body. "Stretch marks are a sign of your growth as a woman," writes Tripp. "They don't make you less beautiful and they certainly don't mean you are overweight." (Related: This Woman Is Using Glitter to Remind Everyone That Stretch Marks Are Beautiful)

Tripp points out that women of all shapes and sizes can have stretch marks. "Don't be ashamed of something that represents your body's wonderful evolution over the years," she continues. "Don't look at them as scars, look at them as a symbol of being a strong, powerful woman."

Your Thick Thighs

Thankfully, the days of praising a thigh gap seem to be over—but Lawrence and Tripp are still encouraging you to embrace this part of your body. For Tripp, though, accepting her curvy thighs hasn't always been easy.

"I used to be so self-conscious of my thighs as a teenager," admits Tripp in the blog post. "I remember when skinny jeans became a trend in high school and I bought a pair. I remember looking in the mirror and thinking how my thighs were literally twice the size of other girls. I would wear a swim skirt to the beach to cover them up." (Related: Women Across the Internet Are Embracing Their Thigh Brows)

Now, she feels silly for ever feeling that way. "My point is, thick thighs are beautiful and soft, they're nothing to be ashamed of," she writes. "There are so many gorgeous women out there slaying with their thick thighs and you can too! Get out there, rock that swimsuit, and show the world those sexy thighs!"

Your Arm Hair

A while ago, Tripp shared a photo to her Instagram Stories of a brand new Michele watch on her arm. Within moments she received a body shaming DM about how "gross" her arm hair looked. (If you get that body-shaming is still such a huge problem, here's what you can do to stop it.)

"Instead of ignoring it or letting it bother me, I screenshotted the message and posted it on my Stories to let other women know that they shouldn't be ashamed of their arm hair either," she continues. "I received literally hundreds of messages over the next 24 hours of girls and women sharing their stories of being shamed for their arm hair and being made to feel insecure about it." (Related: This Insta-Famous Hairstylist Is Sporting Rainbow Armpit Hair for Pride)

Bottom line? "Don't let anyone make you feel insecure about your body," she says. "Having arm hair is so natural and you don't have to shave it if you don't want to!"

Your Cellulite

Newsflash: Everyone has cellulite and it has nothing to do with how fit you are. Tripp and Lawrence shared examples of women such as Serena Williams, one of the greatest athletes of all time and Ashley Graham, a plus-size model, who both have cellulite and flaunt it proudly. (Take a cue from this plus-size model who is determined to stop seeing her cellulite as ugly.)

"Cellulite is something that countless women have in various places and it's not something that should be looked down upon," writes Tripp. "Again, it's a natural part of being a woman and no one should have to apologize for it. Forget your worries about cellulite and celebrate [it]."

 

Because our bodies are badass and feeling strong, healthy, and confident is for everyone! Help us spread the body love and be a part of our #LoveMyShape body confidence movement: Post a photo or video on social sharing why you love your shape. And check out Movemeant Foundation, our partner in empowering women and girls to be body positive.

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