The Internet Is Obsessed With This Woman’s Colorful Body Love Art
Society is constantly bombarding women and femmes with messages that their bodies are unsightly: they’re too fat or too gaunt, too dark or too pale, too muscular or too wobbly, too hairy or too bald. It’s like the natural female body requires work if it’s going to be deemed beautiful or, sometimes, even just acceptable. On Instagram, body positive activists are calling bullshit on these unrealistic, and almost always, Eurocentric beauty ideals. Among these heroines is Cinta Tort Cartró, also known as Zinteta, an artist turning alleged flaws into beautiful works of art.
The 21-year-old artist from Torrelles de Llobrega, a small town outside of Barcelona, Spain, uses her paintbrush to make glorious rainbows out of stretch marks to inspire women to view what they’ve been told were imperfections as cunning attributes to their bodies.
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“I want all bodies to be seen as equally valid and beautiful. We are all different, our bodies are different, but in each of us there is beauty,” Cartró told Metro UK.
It was a long and difficult journey for the artist to view her own body as worthy of love. At 14, Cartró developed an eating disorder, and even after recovery, had stretch marks that she considered ghastly.
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“Over the years, I saw that if I did not accept everything about my body – hair, stretch marks, etc – I was not accepting myself, and I could never really know or love myself,” she told the newspaper. “I have been very insecure throughout my life, and working to break these insecurities is a big job. I am very proud of what I’ve achieved, but I’ve still got a long way to go.”
Now, the self-proclaimed feminist and anti-racist artist wants to use her talents to help other women and femmes through their own self-love odysseys.
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With more than 57.8 thousand followers, we’d say the Hispana, who describes herself as “tall” and “big,” definitely providing body love inspiration to many.
But her artwork does more than that. Cartró uses glitter and paint to re-educate society on menstruation and undo the gross and shameful stigma associated with this natural process.
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In January, the recent University of Barcelona grad started “Mancho y No Me Doy Asco,” which translates to “I Stain Myself, and I’m Not Grossed Out By It,” an art project that aims to normalize menstruation.
“I remember that in school the idea of staining a chair with blood made me panic. I was terrified about what people would think. I decided to paint people’s underwear to make it clear that sometimes stains happen, and nothing happens,” she said.
Cartró uses a menstrual cup, a feminine hygiene product worn inside the vagina during menstruation, and since starting, she has learned more about the cyclical process of periods as well as its health benefits.
“I started to know more about my body, and realized that periods are a natural process, normal, and one that we should not hide,” she said.
Furthermore, Cartró is certainly not concealing menstruation anymore.
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The artista blends the red of blood with other colors to make rainbow panty stains. She also soaks pads and tampons into dyes and glitters, making art out of feminine hygiene products most people wrap up and throw in the trash.
Cartró, who will soon be starting a master’s program in illustration, ultimately wants her bright feminist art to help people unlearn all the negative things they’ve been told about their bodies and lead them on a path of radical self-adoration. Doing so, she hopes, will allow us to see beauty in the diversity of body types, sizes, and colors.
“We must fight against the aesthetic pressure and we must accept once and for all that we are different, and that diversity is wonderful,” she said. “We must work together to break down the aesthetic standards so that everyone can be loved and accepted as they are.”
These 9 Spectacular Latina Artists Are Also Making Powerful Impacts On Instagram
“The Politics of Womanhood” Art Show opened in Downtown Los Angeles featuring 28 artists’ interpretation of what it means to be a Woman of Color in today’s political climate. As a mixed race and mixed heratige Latina it has been super inspiring to see the creativity coming out of the Latinx community here in L.A. Here are a few of my favorite Latina artists and photographers that I’m addicted to on IG.
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Paloma is a South East Los Angeles native who work primarily with acrylic and gouache. Her influences are “graffiti, graffiti characters, old cartoons, erotica, lust, love, women, and personal experiences.” Her painting style is unique and easily recognizable, she’s always creating new and interesting images.
Veronica Soto Ryan
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I never knew textile art was so versatile and allowed for so much creativity! Veronica Soto Ryan lives and works in Long Beach, Calif. She is an artist, is married and is a mother of two girls. But after spending many years in the arts, she is changing her career and going back to school this fall to study mortuary science.
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Pamela G. Almeida was born and raised in Ecuador and has been an L.A. resident for 22 years. She is a visual artist, dancer, and mother who is in love with the creative process. Her art is a stunning use of religious iconography and design she believes “the process of creating belongs to the realm of sacred practice, and as such, my artwork serves as the vehicle for deep, raw, spiritual explorations.”
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Cristal Gutiérrez is from the coastal city of Oxnard located in Ventura County, north of L.A. She is an artist whose aim is to introduce more positive images of women of color into a world heavily saturated with images solely praising white women. Her main artistic interests include: “illustration, film-making, and stop-motion animation; while some of my other interests include uplifting other women, making people smile, and fighting machismo.”
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Martha Gil is an Inland Empire based artist the owner and creator of the brand Gilded Nopal. “My brand focus on themes that surround my identity as a Chicana from Southern California.” Hands down, the vag nopal was a crowd favorite opening night. Her illustrations are on point and super cute and she makes them in stickers!
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Stephanie Godoy is an artist from Moreno Valley, Calif. She is currently working towards receiving a Bachelor’s in Studio Arts at California State University of Los Angeles and teaches art at a middle school in East L.A. She has exhibited work in galleries and music festivals. Stephanie is inspired to paint individuals who pursue their dreams with grit since in today’s world and to her a life worth living is filled with “music, art, respect, and creativity.”
Panama-born artist Lorena Endara became interested in photography at the age of seventeen and has been practicing ever since. Most recently, Endara has exhibited at GuatePhoto, the Pingyao International Photography Festival, and the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome. Endara is a member of FotoFéminas, a collective of female photographers from Latin America and is currently based out of L.A. where she teaches and creates multimedia art.
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Amanda Lopez is a portrait and lifestyle photographer based in L.A. In the spring of 2017 she co-curated Adornment, a photography exhibition that focused on the jewelry, accessories and hairstyles of women of color. Her photography is clean and beautiful and I love the way she captures the essence of the women she photographs.
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Zuly Garcia is an Oaxaqueña from Los Angeles, representing the Crenshaw community. She is a student activist at CSULB and a community director for a non profit named Let’s Give. Her interests are “Sociology, photography, singing, music, writing, and poetry.”
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