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Real Girl Belly Project: The REAL Stomachs of REAL Women (Photos)

By Sunny Chanel |

One of the Many Tummy That Were Shared had a simple request: they asked readers to share candid photographs of their stomachs. And the results? They were stunning.

This collection of images of “real” women’s stomachs is poignant, powerful and very personal. There are flat tummies, bloated tummies, and scared tummies. Tummies of all shapes and sizes.  But what’s really notable isn’t the wide range of bellies, but the pure honesty that comes from sharing such a personal part of one’s body. A part which many women, especially those who have carried babies in their belly, aren’t usually prone to show off.

The ones most moved by the experiment in belly baring? The contributors themselves. One woman wrote, “I was always ashamed of my belly, but everyone that has sent in their pics really inspired me.” It really does put the opinion of what you think of your own stomach in perspective.

The photos represent women who have selflessly given their kidneys, who are suffering from a myriad of ailments, a few fitness enthusiasts with flat abs, women with belly piercings, women with tattoos, and women who are proud of the life that their bellies have experienced. Their bellies make a statement of who they are and what they have been through.

For us, the most powerful were the mommy bellies — the mid sections that have seen the development of life and have the stretch marks, extra weight and c-section scars to prove it.

Check out a taste of the mommy tummies on display right here.

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Real Girl Belly Project: The REAL Stomachs of REAL Women (Photos)

Jillian, 22

"I've always been self-conscious about my belly, knowing I would never have a supermodel six pack. When my son left my belly stretched, scarred, and flapping over my groin I just knew my bikini days were done. But this deflated balloon belly sheltered and nourished a beautiful, perfect little boy and there's no shame in that! My fiancé doesn't see anything to be ashamed of either - he misses my huge pregnant belly and thinks my stretch marks look cool. :)"

For more fascinating images of these “real” women’s stomachs visit the growing gallery at XOJane right here.

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Since 2007 Sunny Chanel has written thousands of pieces for Babble. She currently writes for Babble's celebrity, moms, and Disney voices sections and has her own blog aptly named Sunny Chanel. You can find Sunny on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon. Read bio and latest posts → Read Sunny's latest posts →

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11 thoughts on “Real Girl Belly Project: The REAL Stomachs of REAL Women (Photos)

  1. heather says:

    amen girls! i have tons of stretch marks and i had 2 c-sections and im so selfconcious of my belly. thanks for posting this.

  2. Angela says:

    You are all beautiful.. I have had 2 little girls myself, both by c-section, so I am also very self conscious of my tummy.. Thank you all for being so brave to post this..

  3. jessica says:

    I wish I could love mine and be proud of it..but nothing doin’. These gals are amazing:)

  4. Casi says:

    I love it!
    I was once in a size 00 before I got pregnant…now I can barely fit in a size 7-9. But I’m not too worried about it because I got the cutest little girl out of it and everything was worth it!!!

  5. Linda Miller says:

    Hey Ladies,
    I praise your courage. I have had five full term pregnancies and am now 47 and like my body more than i did twenty years ago. I don’t get the exercise I should but i was one of the lucky ones that was back in my jeans 2 weeks to two months after the births of my children. My height of 5’8 n half didn’t hurt any either. Everyone is different and loses and gains weight differently….God bless you all

  6. Crista says:

    I really appreciated this! I have a 6 mo old and have been struggling with the thought of loosing weight. And you ladies are right! Our bodies are beautiful and amazing! Thank you for all your willingness to bring comfort to others!

  7. Sunny says:

    I also have had 2 c-sections and I hate the way my belly looks, but have accepted it and am proud of what came out of it =)

  8. Lisa says:

    This might have just changed my life. SO incredibly inspiring. I’m grateful.

  9. Sandun perera says:

    Actually very interesting article. Thank you so much!!

  10. Sandun perera says:

    wawwwww…very interesting article. thank you very much.

  11. Amanda says:

    We are tigers that have earned our stripes!! Those arent stretchmarks theyre battlescars!!!

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