Mom of three shares bikini photo to tell women to be proud of stretch marks – Picture

Updated: March 27, 2015
Mom of three shares bikini photo to tell women to be proud of stretch marks - Picture

Mom of Three posts picture of herself in bikini because she’s proud of stretch marks.

Rachel Hollis said she takes pride in her stretch marks and her “permanently flabby” figure as she beamed posing by the water in Cancun on a recent holiday.

“I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini,” she wrote on her Facebook page, in a post that has since gone viral. “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 [sic] 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.”

Hollis runs The Chic Site, where she originally shared the post which has nearly 400,000 likes and said she was inspired to share the picture after completing her first marathon the week before.

“It touches my heart that people are having this reaction to it. I thought, it’s not going to get better than this. You ran the 26 miles, and I had been training for six months. My body is never going to be smaller than it is right now, so if there’s ever time to show off your belly, this is probably it.”

As of Thursday, the picture had been “liked” over 383,000 times on Facebook and shared more than 47,000 times.