Mothers are constantly dealing with body image issues, but one woman is putting that negativity behind her. A mother-of-three has become a true inspiration for other mothers who are too embarrassed to wear a bikini’s because of their post-baby bodies. So amazing.
Rachel Hollis, 32, is extremely proud of her body and she should be. While vacationing in Mexico, the mother-of-three decided to do something for all the moms out there struggling with body insecurities. She posted a picture to her Facebook showing off her post-pregnancy body.
Mom Of 3 Proudly Reveals ‘Flabby Belly’ In Amazing Pic
When Rachel posted a picture of herself in a bikini she didn’t expect such amazing support from strangers — hundreds of thousands to be exact.
It wasn’t just the photo itself that received all the attention, it was also her amazing caption below it.
“I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy… (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!!) and I wear a bikini. I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could. I wear a bikini because the only man who’s opinion matters knows what I went through to look this way. That same man says he’s never seen anything sexier than my body, marks and all. They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride!”
“I had tried to take this posey, pretty shot, and I looked so awkward that it didn’t work. I started laughing, and that’s when he happened to get that picture,” Rachel told TODAY. Although she initially wanted to crop out her stomach, she decided against it after thinking, “This looks pretty good.”
Now, her photo has over 10 million views. “It touches my heart that people are having this reaction to it.”
Rachel Has Received An Outpour Of Support
With 340,000 likes on her picture thus far, Rachel has truly inspired other women to feel empowered and confident to wear a bikini, no matter what their body looks like.
Amanda Gongloff: You have no idea of how empowering your words are to someone as myself. I gave birth to my last baby (my third son) 6 months ago. I have many stretch marks… and my confidence has plummeted. Reading this has made me realize how im seeing everything in the wrong way… THANK YOU! I BELIEVE YOUVE GIVEN ME A CERTAIN BOOST I NEEDED TO HELP BEGIN THE PROCESS OF REGAINING MY SELF CONFIDENCE.
Cindy Bunt Harris: I’m 45 and had 4 big babies. I’ve always worn bikinis with boy short bottoms. I went to Mexico a couple of weeks ago, and I wore string bikinis. Why do we ladies worry about it? We’re probably not going to be the hottest thing on the beach, but we’re probably not going to be the worst either. And so what if we are? Are we going for a Victoria’s Secret photo shoot? No, we’re going to enjoy ourselves. So I had fun on the beach with my stretch marks and cellulite shining for all the world to see. And had the time of my life!
Sonia Townsend: Thank you for sharing I used to wear my bikini until I went to California and saw some girls sniggering about my stretch marks . I haven’t worn a bikini in public since but I am determined to wear one next year.
Holly M. Cadieux: Awesome! You said the perfect words to make any mommy proud of her body!
Rheanna Wohosky: I have stretch marks and a flabby tummy from having my babies too, and for years I wouldn’t even consider looking at a bikini because I felt to gross looking to wear one. And then in the end of 20’s something in my mind switched and I decided “I’m gonna wear a 2 piece d**nit!! I wear one now because I just don’t care what others think anymore, if you don’t like it, don’t look.
Kayce McGuffin: Amen!! I think you are stunning. And your sooo right… The only thing that matters—is how you feel!!! And that you have an amazing husband who is real man— and loves the beautiful woman you are!!! He’s a trophy.
HollywoodLifers — do you think Rachel is a great inspiration for other mothers dealing with body image issues? Let us know what you think below!
— Brittany King