S​upermodel Chrissy Teigen reveals her stretch marks

Self-esteem advocate and outspoken supermodel Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram this week to share a rare, un-retouched photo of her stretch marks with fans – which she referred to affectionately as “stretchies."

John Legend’s wife, who is famous for her no-holds-barred approach to social media, can be seen sitting cross-legged in the snap, which was captioned, “Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!”

Bruises from bumping kitchen drawer handles for a week. Stretchies say hi!

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The 29-year-old Sports Illustrated model’s post elicited an enormous wave of positive responses from her 1.9 million Instagram fans and 705,000 Twitter followers.

"Wow thank you for this, you've have boosted my self-esteem,” wrote one user. Another added, “Love it! Real women have stretch marks #respect.

The brunette stunner had posted the snap after spending the weekend whipping up an array of delicious eats with her husband – including mouthwatering grilled bacon, cobb salad, chicken satay and spinach artichoke dip with blue cheese. In true Chrissy fashion, the food-obsessed model shared snaps of her tasty creations via Instagram.

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The Norwegian-Thai beauty's posts have landed her in hot water in the past (Chrissy is not one to shy away from Twitter rants or foul language!), but it’s also endeared her to legions of fans – and, of course, to husband John, who loves his wife's funny, unfiltered approach.

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The couple tied the knot in a lavish romantic ceremony on Italy's Lake Como in September of last year. A few months ago, Chrissy spoke about their desire to have children.

"We definitely have plans for kids," she told ABC News in February. "I want a ton, he wants a ton, so I guess it's time to start."

She did reveal that despite her comfort with stretch marks, she’s not looking forward to going through the pregnancy element of having children.

"I just wish [babies] appeared. I just wished they just showed up out of nowhere," she said.

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