Recently, Rachel Hollis of Thechicsite.com, has received a lot of attention. Some background on Hollis, TheChicSite came to be when she was looking for a name for her event-planning company. It turns out The Chic Team is a group of women (and it appears that there’s one male amongst them) “From different locations, backgrounds and upbringings with one important thing in common… we all believe deeply in encouraging other women to be their best selves.” The site features decorative tips for the home, articles based on family life, delicious food recipes and inspiration for the mind body, self and last but not least party planning tips.”
Seeing that Rachel Hollis and her team strive to encourage women as much as they do, it seems that she has received a lot of positive feedback herself. Hollis posted a picture of herself at the beach which went viral. She is in a bikini, you can see flabby skin and according to Hollis she also has stretch marks. She says that her body has permanently changed from carrying her three children, because she is proud of her body.
Rachel Hollis says, “Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could. Flaunt that body with pride!”
The internet is filled with countless images of beautiful women. Many of these, “beautiful” women are put up on a pedestal for their perfectly fit bodies, tanned skin and flawless make-up. These women don’t have scars, scratches, stretch marks or any indication of a “normal” body. We are used to seeing are so common that many (not all) women with perfectly normal bodies are uncomfortable posting pictures of themselves. Perhaps this is why Hollis’s perspective is so refreshing.
In an article posted by TODAY.com Hollis says, “It touches my heart that people are having this reaction to it,” in response to the more than 10 million views and 325,000 likes on the Facebook site for her business.
Hollis told Metro.co.uk, ‘It’s a little overwhelming but also so, so, so inspiring! So many women (and men) have posted photos of their own scars.