‘Fit Mom’ Maria Kang could never have imagined that her ‘What’s your excuse’ ad would have garnered so much attention — but she shared her true intentions behind the controversial photo to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Maria Kang, 32, revealed that she never intended to bully others with her fitness photo shoot — but instead, spread her love of exercise. She told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY why she decided to pose for an ab-baring fitness ad with her three young sons.
Maria Kang, Fit Mom, Reveals Real Reason For Controversial Photo
After posting the photo to her Facebook page, Maria became the target of online critics who called her a “bully,” who was shaming women with bodies less muscular than hers.
Maria was shocked when her Facebook blew up with commenters calling her “selfish” and a “fat-shamer,” after she showed off her ad. “I did not know I was going to ruffle this many feathers,” Maria said of her controversial photo.
“I knew that not everyone was going to like the photo but I did it because I wanted to inspire others,” she explained to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Obviously these three little boys are symbols of time and I’m able to keep them a priority of course it’s not always my first priority but it’s one of my priorities. If I work out at 5 p.m. or 10 p.m. it’s some part of my daily goal to take part of my health.”
Thousands of women did speak out to support Maria — and commend her admirable muscles — taking inspiration from Maria’s story.
Maria Kang Aimed To ‘Inspire’ With Photo
Maria explained that she shared her photo and story online because she wanted to inspire other moms.
“I have always been open, I’ve had a blog since 2007,” she told HollywoodLife.com. “I’m vulnerable and very transparent I don’t feel like I want to hide anything, to me it’s important to be real with yourself, and be real with others because maybe you are inspiring others.”
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Were you inspired by Maria’s photo?
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— Interview by Chloe Melas, Written by Kristine Hope Kowalski