This Instagram Artist Is Turning Stretch Marks into Real-Life Art
As the movement for self love continues, the latest comes from an artist who has taken to Instagram to change the perspective of what is considered a flaw in a woman’s body, in the most creative and beautiful way.
Spanish artist Cinta Tort Cartró uses paint and glitter to highlight features of the female body that society has said needs to be “fixed.” She makes beautiful rainbow works on real women’s bodies (as well as other mediums), showing artistic versions of things like stretch marks, period stains, and cellulite. Through social media, her work has already gained the attention of over 14K followers.
The 21-year-old didn’t initially plan on making such a big statement with her art. As she told Yahoo Beauty, she was initially inspired the way many artists are. “It all started as a form of expression, but it quickly turned into social commentary of the male-dominated culture we live in,” she said. “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.”
Now, she is using her work to both bring awareness to, expose, and destigmatize topics like menstruation. She has a series now where she paints underwear with color and uses the hashtag #manchoynomedoyasco. The phrase translates roughly to, “I stain myself but I am not disgusted.”
Her goal is for women to embrace the unique features of their different bodies, and to stop seeing these differences as flaws. “I grew up feeling sometimes out of place. 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,” she said.
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(h/t Cosmopolitan; photo via Tim P. Whitby/Getty)