Getting comfy with stretch marks: Chitrangada Singh gets REAL

A lesson for women with the dreaded stretch marks – actresses have them too!

So, it’s common knowledge by now that actress Malaika Arora Khan’s great figure (read:abs) is home to a baton of stretch marks she got when she was pregnant. She’s been a bit open about it and the fact that she didn’t get them surgically removed sends a positive message to scores of women who are constantly feeling let down by their bodies post pregnancy. Joining the league of women who chose to keep their pregnancy scars is actress Chitrangada Singh. She did one movie: Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. She was lauded for her brilliant acting and great looks. It was widely reported that she was married, and that too, to a famous man from the sports world and just as the critics started to speculate if she was the next big thing on the movies scene, Chitrangada packed her bags and vanished. But she came back. And that too when she was at a phase of her life when most actresses prefer to hang up their boots. Please excuse the cliche, but you get the point — she was married, took a break to have a child, crossed 30 years of age and… AND… STRETCH MARKS! Yes. The one reason most heroines stop wearing revealing clothes and why women stop flirting! Chitrangada seems to have plenty of them on her well-toned abs. But that didn’t stop her from pursuing her dream and winning a million hearts.

Moral of the story: Stretch marks are like creases on an excellent outfit. The outfit doesn’t really define you and the creases should definitely not stop you from flaunting it.


Don’t let stretch marks bother you. Learn from actor Zareen Khan

Zareen Khan

The intention of this post is not to embarrass the lady in the picture, Bollywood actor Zareen Khan, but to show scores of commoners that actors are ‘real’ people too, facing problems like any of us would. Bollywood, especially, is full of stories of actors who weighed 100 kgs before they shed more than half of that to join the movies. The best part is that they make it sound so easy! Actors like Sonam Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Jackie Bhagnani, they all talk of how overweight they were before they decided to lose it all, and seduce the camera. But somehow, one always tends to imagine that actors have it easy. It probably has to do with the fact that they camouflage their weaknesses well. Silky tresses, perfect pout, silky skin with porcelain texture to it, actors are every man and woman’s envy.
Actor Zareen Khan was one of those who no actor would imagine to carry in his arms and dance around trees, thanks to her weight. But her new found figure has not come without its share of hidden hazards.
Look carefully, and you’ll see her bosom and arms covered in stretch marks. Luckily, Zareen has a fair complexion which makes these marks go unnoticed initially.
I know dozens of people, both fat and thin, struggling with stretch marks on various parts of their bodies. Most of them sulk and blame these stretch marks for their lack of confidence and low self esteem.
I say, hats off to Zareen, who always puts her best foot forward, despite having to bear with these much-dreaded stretch marks.