Turns out, lots of women are sick and tired of society pressuring them into dyeing their gray—they’ve ditched the dye, and they look simply stunning. Their stories only inspire more to have the courage to do the same.

Back in the days, gray hair used to be associated with wisdom and knowledge, and in some communities, it still is—for men at least.

But our modern society still seems to have an issue with the natural aging process of women.

So, reaching for the dye as soon as they see the first silvery sprouts appear is de rigueur for many women under the age of 60.

However, times are changing.

Think of the hours and money you spent in the salon, unquestioningly accepting the ‘taboo’ surrounding something perfectly normal and natural.

Why should it be this way?

27-year-old Martha Truslow Smith decided enough was enough and created an Instagram account, Grombre, as a platform of support and positivity for women who choose to embrace their roots.

Martha reveals:

“The underlying reason I started Grombre was to start a different dialogue around gray hair on women and find the answer to some earnest questions of my own: “Is it true that my gray hair is ugly, makes me look old, and means I’m no longer good enough?”

“I’m only in my twenties. If that is true, how will I feel, and what will I believe about myself when I’m in my 40s, 50s, 60s?”

“I want to challenge the way we think about what we consider “beautiful,” and why, and propose that we have more important things to spend our precious time, energy and resources on if we find our hearts aren’t aligning with the things we find to be someone else’s biases.”

Helped along by celebrities like Lady Gaga, who promoted the silver/platinum ‘trend,’ having gray hair is becoming something to be celebrated rather than hidden.

And these women have all ditched the dye, and they look remarkably stunning. Their stories will inspire you to have the courage to do the same.

At Trendings, we’ve compiled a list of the inspiring ladies from Grombre. Scroll down to meet them yourself.

We also leave you with some wise words of advice from Martha for young women who find themselves going gray:

“Don’t fret over others opinions. Instead, follow your calling, and you’ll surprise yourself with how strong you are and where your path will lead you.”