User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


29° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Love Your Lines

August 26, 2014, 6:20 PM by Stephanie Gregory

Love Your Lines

Social media has not only changed how we communicate, it is also changing what we are willing to share. A new Instagram account is helping empower women by calling on them to reveal their "true selves."

There are pictures published on the world wide web that you may not see often.  From stretch marks earned during pregnancy to marks left by lupus, women are sending photos of themselves to the "Love Your Lines" Instagram account. The submissions are sent both anonymously and identified to the two moms who created this timeline, also anonymously.

"My first reaction was shock. But after looking it was very encouraging," Traci Brown said.

Mother and daughter, Traci Brown and Carol Morris, scroll through the photos online and agree the positive body image these women are showing is uplifting.

"It was cool to see that we all have flaws and that you know the pictures we see in the grocery store, they aren't real and so it makes me feel like, 'Hey, we are all human,'" Brown said.

The account currently has gained more than 36,000 followers since it first began earlier this month.  80 percent of those followers, like the women whose images they see, have stretch marks or other lines earned through life experiences.

Sarah Konrady, a license psychologist at Sanford Health, says flaunting and owning what some may call flaws can actually help you keep a positive self-image. 

"When you are hiding something, you know, it's because it's something you're embarrassed of and by showing it to everyone, you are taking back the power for yourself," Konrady said.

Keeping a positive self-image is healthy for women. Konrady says it's important to look at ourselves the way we see other people, beyond the blemishes. The imperfections instead are perfections. 

"It's not why we love other people; it's not why we want to spend time with other people, because they are perfect.  It's because of how they make us feel. The cliché of what's on the inside really counts; that's really true," Konrady said.

"I think it's good to get comfortable in your own skin and to accept your flaws and to accept yourself for who you are, I think that's healthy," Brown said.

If you'd like to see or submit an image for yourself, visit instagram.com/loveyourlines

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Hospital, SD Settle Over Improper Medicaid Claims

11/26/2014 1:47 PM

A South Dakota hospital and the state's attorney general have reached a settlement over improper Medicaid claims.

Full Story
Medical Marijuana Supporters Gather For Discussion

11/22/2014 6:11 PM

This morning, supporters gathered in downtown Sioux Falls looking to put together efforts to legalize Medical Marijuana in the state after unsuccessfu...

Full Story | Watch
Supporters Vow To Get Medical Marijuana On 2016 Ballot

11/23/2014 10:15 AM

A collection of South Dakota supporters gathered in Sioux Falls today to try and add the Rushmore State to that list.

Full Story | Watch
Checking The Air In The Gym

11/24/2014 6:04 PM

With two kids, Sarah Mueller says it's difficult to squeeze in time at the gym, but she makes it a priority.

Full Story | Watch
New Center Focuses On Alternative Treatments

11/25/2014 6:11 PM

When Teresa Potter found out that her breast cancer had spread, she was determined to fight.

Full Story | Watch


Events