Barbie Ferreira Proudly Shows Off Her Stretch Marks On Instagram

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It's Barbie's world, and she is out to prove stretch marks are beautiful.

Dubbed the "queen of in-between," Barbie Ferreira is the body positive model of the moment: This year, she ditched Photoshop for her campaign with Missguided and told us to love our "REAL self" in her unretouched ads with Aerie.

Now, Barbie is teaching us about self-acceptance and confidence, all while getting very real about the double standards in the fashion industry.

On Monday, the 19-year-old posted a photo of her stretch marks to Instagram, which made many of her followers thank her for having the "courage" to post the photos for the public to consume.

mi lil stripes are out here . soothing them with vitamin e oil n noticing how cute my body can be despite lil changes !!!

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Ferreira wrote, "[sic throughout] mi lil stripes are out here . soothing them with vitamin e oil n noticing how cute my body can be despite lil changes !!!"

After Teen Vogue highlighted the importance of the photo, the curvy model took to Instagram again to discuss what had happened to her on set later that day.

"I... stood naked at work in front of strangers (super vulnerable position) and got asked what was wrong with my hips.. [sic] Pointing at my stretch marks. By a woman," the brunette beauty wrote.

Thank you @teenvogue for this write up. After I posted the picture of my stretch marks, not even a few hours later I was stood naked at work in front of strangers (super vulnerable position) and got asked what was wrong with my hips.. Pointing at my stretch marks. By a woman. Id be lying through my teeth if I didn't say micro-aggressions like this don't happen on the daily for me in this industry. And like I always do, I choke back the tears and keep going like nothing happened. Grown ass adults commenting on my teenage body needing spanx, bra cutlets to make me look "better" or Photoshopping my body to be "smoother" right in front of me- most of the time by plus clients. This industry is not cute, never has been. I don't want to sell you this idea that all these brands are so body positive when it's so few that actually represent what women look like not just an idealized version of a thick girl (like they try to do to me.) girls are not treated like people in this industry !! At all !! If you think my abuse is bad, ask a runway model who went from a 34 to a 35 inch hip.. They will tell you they flat out get told to starve and that they're looking fat. Shit isn't as pretty as it looks but.. I'm here to infiltrate from the inside. I truly don't know how much we can do as curvy models when we're still thought of as mannequins- just ones who are cursed to only wear peplums and tunics all day to cover our "flawed" bodies n show just our usually thin faces. Anyway, just wanted to rant because I am so privileged to be here but the flaws in this world make me feel like absolute garbage at the sake of getting paid and trying to spread my message. Not only the consumer is being told they're not good enough- even the girls in the pictures are given the same shit. But y'all got me trapped cuz I need to make a living and enjoy tf out of representing curvy girls all over !!! Jokes on me .

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Ferreira then went on to talk about the "micro-aggressions" of the fashion industry and how adults are constantly commenting on her "teenage body needing spanx, bra cutlets to make [her] look 'better.'"

"[sic throughout] Photoshopping my body to be 'smoother' right in front of me- most of the time by plus clients. This industry is not cute, never has been," she writes. "I don't want to sell you this idea that all these brands are so body positive when it's so few that actually represent what women look like not just an idealized version of a thick girl (like they try to do to me.) girls are not treated like people in this industry !! At all !!"

I pull up to castings in the most flagrant outfits n sneakers yet sumhow still out here

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She continued, "I am so privileged to be here but the flaws in this world make me feel like absolute garbage at the sake of getting paid and trying to spread my message. Not only the consumer is being told they're not good enough- even the girls in the pictures are given the same shit."

💎

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Barbie's comments are disheartening, especially when 2016 brought us many progressive body positive moments, from Ashley Graham's Sports Illustrated cover to Christian Siriano's New York Fashion Week runway show, which featured an array of women with different shapes and sizes.

We guess there is still a long way to go.

Me, being scary

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Stretch marks can be a result of weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy or growth, and frankly, they're totally normal. Allure notes that while many people soothe marks with vitamin E oil, like Barbie, there is no real way to diminish them.

So, ladies, it's time we learn to love them and be proud of them.

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