After Men Laughed At Her Bikini Body, The Woman Posted A Very Powerful Message

Date February 11, 2019

Many curvy women don’t like their bodies only because society said so. Banner ads and commercials urge us to lose weight and burn fat. Fitness bloggers claim that a fat person is a lazy person. Men want to date skinnies, just like from magazine covers. And larger ladies have to either put up with it or embrace body positivity! Everyone deserves to be loved and respected. Wouldn’t you agree?

The story of Shelly Proebstel from New Zealand

Shelly Proebstel went to relax on the beach. She decided to pose for a few photos, so she took her sarong off. Some men pointed and laughed at her. The woman pretended she didn’t notice the outrageous behavior, but in the evening, she posted a very powerful inspirational message, shaming her offenders.

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Shelly's post resonated with many users, taking the internet by storm.

She started:

To the guys who pointed and laughed when I took my sarong off today at Mt Maunganui Beach, bearing my soul (my bikini body) to the world, I just want to say (excuse my language but) *** YOU! 

Then she accused those guys and people like them of ruining other’s self-esteem. She named them the reason why many people avoid wearing even moderately revealing clothes and feel compelled to wear long sleeves throughout the year.  She blamed them for other people’s anorexia, obesity, bulimia, or even suicide.

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No, you are not responsible for the entirety.

But YES, you have to take some responsibility.

At the end of her post, Shelley advised everyone to think about the consequences of bullying or ridiculing someone. It can seriously damage people with insecurities.

When the guys laughed at Proebstel, she wanted to put her sarong immediately back on. But instead, she chose to wear her bikini with head held high.

By the way, Shelley also participated in "Januhairy," an empowerment movement in which women do not get rid of their body hair for the whole month of January.

Shelley says that this experience reminded her once again that it is wrong to judge people by their appearance, and that the only ideals and expectations you should strive to meet is your own.

Do you support this brave lady? What does self-acceptance mean to you? Let us know in the comments!

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