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This Mother Posted a Photo of Her Post-Baby Bikini Body to Make an Awesome Statement on Body Image

Redbook logo Redbook 3/27/2015

Last Saturday, Rachel Hollis, founder of a lifestyle website called The Chic Site, posted a photo of herself on Facebook wearing a bikini while vacationing in Mexico with her husband.

In the caption underneath the photo, the 32-year-old mother-of-three said she put up the image because she was proud of the body that giving birth had given her- scars, flabby skin, and all.

"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," she wrote. "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! #HollisHoliday."

The photo and its message of empowerment quickly went viral, with thousands of women thanking Rachel for helping them wear their post-baby body with pride. Then, something, even more incredible happened: women started to post their own post-baby bikini bodies, saying that Rachel had helped give them confidence to flaunt their own beautifully flabby belly buttons and stretch marks.

"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," one user wrote.

"That's right. I still wear one too. Had my first child in 1995. Rock on. It's not what they call you, but what you answer too," another user commented.

Hopefully, this incredible body positive message will keep on spreading, encouraging women all over their world to stop hiding their figures and own who they are. After all, just like with wrinkles, stretch marks are just lines where a bundle of joy used to be.


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