Despite the fact that about 80 percent of all people in the U.S. have them, stretch marks remain a difficult, even taboo topic to discuss. Only recently have models and celebrities started to talk about and show off their stretch marks — and when they do, it's often framed a bold, brave move.
I talked to 12 women and nonbinary people about their stretch marks to see how they view them. Some of their statements are beautiful and inspiring; others are entirely too heartbreaking.
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