One of the world's most well-loved plus size models has inspired everyone again with her body positive attitude and refreshing perspective. Australian beauty Robyn Lawley shared her post-baby stretch marks for all to see, and they are ***flawless just like the rest of her (and her precious daughter, Ripley.) In true Robyn fashion, the Facebook post is honest, brave, and direct.
Underneath the photo, in which she proudly displays the remnants of her pregnancy (she gave birth in February), Lawley explains why she chose to post the photo, and the reason may not be what you're expecting. Nearly a year ago, she says, a UK gossip column manipulated her words to read "Robyn considers abortion to avoid stretch marks." Lawley has been open about being pro-choice in the past, even telling Cosmopolitan she didn't rule out the option when she found out she was pregnant in the interest of keeping her successful career on track.
Of course, that decision "would never rest on getting stretch marks alone," Lawley said in her post, but that didn't make the hurtful comments any less painful. And those stretch marks? They're a point of pride now — "I earned them," she said.
"We put an unbelievable amount of ridiculous time consuming pressure on women to care so much about their flaws they forget how truly beautiful they (you) are today," she continued. Amen to that, amiright? At one point or another, I think we've all been guilty of letting our "flaws" get in the way of our ability to see ourselves as beautiful.
And Lawley makes a good point: That's just wasted time and energy.
I think it's safe to say her little girl is going to grow up with a pretty incredible role model for a mom. Here are three other body-positive moments from Robyn Lawley that we can all draw confidence from.
When She Rejected The Term "Plus Size"
"I can see the ramifications on young women if their body is similar or larger than mine and they see a 'plus size' label," she told the Daily Mail Australia. "I just see no reason in any labels really, I just want women [to be] happy with their bodies."
When She Shared Her Trick To Self Acceptance
"Saying you love your body actually works," she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "It makes a positive rebound effect. And then you start loving your body. You start not caring about the little things."
When She Spoke Out Against Thigh Gaps
"The truth is I couldn’t care less about needing a supposed 'thigh gap,'" she wrote in an essay for The Daily Beast. "It’s just another tool of manipulation that other people are trying to use to keep me from loving my body. Why would I want to starve and weaken my natural body size? I’m not saying women who have it naturally are unattractive. But I would have to change my entire frame just to achieve something that seems so trivial."
Images: Robyn Lawley/Facebook; robynlawley1/Instagram