This is kind of an old post, but I wanted to send an update - I competed in my first Figure competition on August 17th and placed 5th! I have TONS of stretch marks. My hips and inner thighs are pretty much covered in them entirely. I used Pro Tan and it helped a *little* to cover the scars. But honestly, looking at the pics, you'd have to look real close to actually see them. I'm SOOOOOOO glad I ignored them and competed anyway. I've got another competition coming up in 2 weeks...
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And one last comment - the judges eye sight IS NOT that good ! They are a good distance from the stage with lights shining... it is near impossible to see a scar or stretch mark from where they are sitting UNLESS they are using binoculars or camera zoom lenses!
From the shows that I have seen, many women have scars or stretch marks even. The type of tan they put on for the show really hides a lot. Many of the women I have met who compete have something like what your describing, they just embrace it and go on stage anyway. Like I said the darkness of the tan really masks a lot of that. Judges aren't supposed to look at the scarring as being something to mark down for.
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ARMARTIN, Don't let stretch marks scare you! First of all, a majority of competitors have them. Second of all, it is AMAZING what the dark tan you will get will hide. You'll barely notice them by the time you get on stage. Really.
Yes, competitors compete with all types of scars from cosmetic surgeries, to womanly surgeries, to accident scars. Most judges overlook scarring and most of the time, the tanning sprays help "hide" the scar and even help hide some scar tissue as well as stretch marks. Again, we all need to remember, that the judges are judging muscles and symmetry, not scarring and tattoos, however, they must be able to see the muscles without being hindered by the scars and tattoos.
Hope that helps Nancy - I have seen men and women compete with scars.
Hmmm..... Not much going on here lately..... Hope I get a response!
Anyhow, I had a couple of "I wonder?" type questions about surgery scars and competitors. I'm not going to compete, but it's stuff that's crossed my mind, so thought I'd throw them out there to seasoned competitors:
First of all, everyone knows that many figure and bikini competitors get implants. I'm a proud owner of a pair, myself, but I needed a lift with mine. Because of how much skin had to be taken out, I wound up with scars on the inside of my breasts that no competition suit I've seen would cover. Do women compete with these types of scars? If yes, do they cover them? And do the scars affect how they place?
Secondly, not going to get a tummy tuck, but still wonder if gals who have had them compete. If so I'm guessing they just march out onto stage with the scar? Most posing suits I've seen wouldn't even begin to cover those scars up.
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