All too often women are shamed for their bodies. They’re not supposed to have stretch marks or blemishes, and must never mention that they menstruate. Now, one 22-year-old artist from Spain is changing that.Cinta Tort Cartró, otherwise known as the artist Zinteta, is from a small town near Barcelona. She has devoted her artistic craft to revolutionizing the way we see the female body. She uses watercolor, tempera, and acrylics to paint on women’s skin.Zinteta highlights women’s stretch marks in an attempt to rework the negative image society has of them. She wants to give women new meaning and deconstruct traditional beauty stereotypes. She says she first came up with the idea to paint stretch marks while working on another project called I Stain and I’m Not Disgusted, which was about the menstrual cycle.“Through this, I began painting underwear emulating menstruation stains but with colorful watercolors. After painting them I thought about transferring them to the body and photographing them, taking the project to the skin itself,” says Zinteta.
She continues to explain that she first painted the stretch marks she has on the left side of her own body and took a picture. To learn more about her artwork and creative endeavors, check out the video below:
She revealed, “After sharing on social media, the impact was surprising. It compelled me to continue my work on the body and fight against the aesthetic pressures women are subjected to.”Zinteta admits she has always been confident about her artwork and is glad to see that her images have created so much conversation about beauty standards and the female body. She hopes over time to normalize the so-called “flaws” of the female body.She explains: “My intention is to take everything that [others] have made us believe are defects, imperfections, things that don’t make us ‘beautiful’, and show that it’s there and real. Personally, the concept of imperfections in our bodies is something that I don’t understand; Imperfect to whom?“All of our bodies have marks, freckles, stretch marks, cellulite, hair, creases, and there are bodies that menstruate. It’s a reality. Why hide it? We spend our lives hating our bodies, having conflicts with ourselves. “It’s time to be able to work together to fight against this aesthetic pressure and begin to learn that everything we have is part of us, of our stories.”