'Sports Illustrated' Model Robyn Lawley Defends Her Stretch Marks on Instagram
"They are some bad ass #tigerstripes. And I earned them."
It seems shocking that supermodels — arguably some of the prettiest people on the planet — would have to defend their bodies, but the act of doing just that on social media is slowly but surely becoming a trend.
Earlier this month, Gigi Hadid penned an open letter to her body shamers via Instagram, defending the work she has earned as well as her figure. Now, supermodel Robyn Lawley has taken to Instagram and Facebook to do the same.
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The plus-size supermodel posted a topless selfie — with her post-pregnancy stretch marks in full view — on Instagram and captioned the image with a detailed message on Facebook. Specifically, she addressed a particularly painful comment from a gossip column in which a reporter stated, "Robin Lawley considers abortion to avoid stretch marks."
Not only did the model refute the statement, claiming her sentiments had been twisted for the sake of shock value, but she also went on to speak proudly of the "tigerstripes" she "earned" after carrying her child. The 26-year-old, who gave birth to her daughter Ripley in February, is no stranger to comments about her body, especially after she became the first plus-size model to be featured in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
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Rather than focus on her appearance, the Australian model turned the conversation toward women's rights. "Women's rights should not be used so gimmicky and spoken about so poorly," she wrote.
Read her full statement below:
Almost a year ago, an interview from a very honest maybe too honest conversation with a friend was manipulated and taken apart so heartlessly by a uk publication gossip page that at 7 months pregnant right after losing one of my closest relatives, read
"Robyn considers abortion to avoid stretch marks"
I was shocked not only because that is not what I said, not to mention i already had a tonne of stretch marks like 90% of the world, but to read that entire article and be already heavily pregnant, that's their angle?
It hurt so bad, the comments that ensued were derogatory to say the least.
I'm familiar with being bullied, once for not having a thigh gap (insert face palm) but to bully me for something I never said, not to mention my decision would need to be more based on the fact that I will be taking care of someone's life, a heavy decision to make, would never rest on getting stretch marks alone.
I think until it was pulled it had over 500 or more very abusive comments with no help from the original publication or my friend. I personally tweeted the author of the gossip website to 'have a heart' as it was causing a huge amount of stress to me and I was worried about my unborn baby's health.
The author was in fact Australian and she proclaimed did not write it, someone else in UK had and the article was pulled. These gossip pages do everything to get a view but to not even write your true name is cowardly.
As for my stretch marks I knew they were coming and as they're fading into white (like all my others) I thought I might capture them. Because they are some bad ass #tigerstripes. And I earned them.
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.
F**k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud. And put your efforts into skills that rely more on your physical self.
And to anyone who feels bad about your body especially after a baby, you are a warrior, you created a life inside of you, that's no easy feat.
It makes me mad seeing abortion discussed as a political agenda, women's reproduction rights are in use for votes. I will always be pro choice. No one likes to get abortion but if your not prepared their should be no judgement into getting one.
Women's rights should not be used so gimmicky and spoken about so poorly.
Right now there are millions of homeless children in America alone why don't we focus on them? We often forget those women who do have a child because they couldn't get access to an abortion because of state laws and no one is there for her when she's denied health care or becomes homeless due to staggering costs or even has to change her entire career. It's 2015 we have to urgently make women feel empowered by their bodies and minds. We should not be taking their rights and choices away.
I love my daughter, I also love my human rights.
Love to you all xx