stretch marks

plural noun

Definition of stretch marks

: striae on the skin (as of the hips, abdomen, and breasts) from excessive stretching and rupture of elastic fibers especially due to pregnancy or obesity

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Some even offer trickier applications, such as camouflaging stretch marks or hiding dark circles with pigment. Monica Corcoran Harel, Marie Claire, "What Is Cosmetic Tattooing? Read This Before You Get One," 29 Mar. 2019 The campaign images accompanying the launch portray the naked bodies of other women (not just the dimension-defying curves Kardashian herself), showing off their stretch marks, cellulite, and rolls. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Is Launching Two Brand-New KKW Body Fragrances," 1 Nov. 2018 Filming her thighs and stomach in their au naturale state, the model zoomed in on her stretch marks in all their glory. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Posts an Instagram 'Mom Bod' Video and Gets Real About Her Insecurities," 31 July 2018 Courtesy Asos has left its mark in the fashion industry as one of the most inclusive retailers, from featuring models with stretch marks to offering collections for the curvy, tall, and petite shoppers to collaborating with LGBTQ organizations. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "ASOS Launched a Wheelchair-Friendly Jumpsuit and the Internet Is All About It," 6 July 2018 There was my stretch mark, uneven skin tone, powerful hamhock of an arm in all its glory. Britney Young, Glamour, "Before GLOW, There Was Never a Character Who Truly Felt Like Me," 29 June 2018 Another women loved seeing a model with stretch marks just like her own pictured on a retailer’s website. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Boohoo Didn't Photoshop a Model's Stretch Marks and Customers Are Loving It," 27 June 2018 Your stretch marks are beautiful, your cellulite is beautiful. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Hunter McGrady recalls the moment she accepted her 'God-given body'," 7 June 2018 This isn't the model's first time being honest about her stretch marks on the internet. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen Just Shared a Video of Her Post-Baby Stretch Marks on Instagram," 31 May 2018

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stretch marks

: long marks on the skin left after the skin has been stretched especially by pregnancy

stretch marks

noun plural

Medical Definition of stretch marks

: striae on the skin (as of the hips, abdomen, and breasts) from excessive stretching and rupture of elastic fibers especially due to pregnancy or obesity

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