Female artist turns stretch marks into works of art

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An artist in Barcelona aims to de-stigmatise bodily imperfections by turning them into rainbow art.

21-year-old Spanish artist Cinta Tort Cartró has taken to Instagram to share her empowering feminist projects.

The artist is simultaneously protesting sexism and educating her online community of 23,000 Instagram followers about feminism through her art projects.

Cartró uses rainbow paint to fill in women’s stretchmarks and paints over underwear with various colours to normalise menstruation.

Some of her other work shows women with flowers covering their breasts for the #freethenipple movement.

She told Yahoo Beauty: “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 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,” she said.

“They make us unique and special.”

Her pieces based around menstruation are entitled  “#manchoynomedoyasco,” which translates to “I stain myself, and I’m not grossed out by it,” according to Yahoo! Beauty.

Of her inspiration for the project, she said: “We live in 2017. Why is there still stigma revolving around periods?”

The feminist artist’s work also aims to tackle racism and xenophobia by using models of all identities.

She recently posted a photo in which women of different races, with hearts painted on their bodies, embraced each other.

Speaking to the Metro over the weekend, Cartró, who battled an eating disorder growing up, said: “Over the years I saw that if I did not accept everything about my body – hair, stretchmarks, etc – I was not accepting myself, and I could never really know or love myself.”

“I would like the normalisation of menstruation, so it can be talked about without taboos.”

“We are all different, our bodies are different, but in each of us there is beauty.”

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