Although she’s a mom, one woman, 30-year-old Sia Cooper, still holds down a job as a fitness blogger. As part of her job, she has to work out hard and keep fit and share the results with her fans and followers on social media. But during a recent incident, Sia found herself the victim of “mom shaming” when some people decided to tell her that she was not allowed to be a fitness blogger and a mother at the same time.
The comment originated on the internet after Sia shared a photograph of herself wearing a bikini. The young mother from Mississippi was eager to show off her body from behind. The image was snapped while she and her family had taken a trip to the Bahamas back in June – before the hurricane devastated the Caribbean island nation.
Because the image was not digitally altered, you can see a few signs that Sia is a mother. That’s why she was hesitant to share the image because she was “worried about her cellulite.” After thinking about it for some time, she finally decided just to share the image because she liked it and was proud of how she looked in it. She figured that by putting herself out there – and being vulnerable – she could be a role model to her fans and followers and “empower” other women to feel better and “own” their own bodies and all the “flaws” that come with them. Not everything has to be airbrushed to be perfect.
The photograph ended up receiving more than 20,000 likes, and she captioned it with: “Wear the damn swimsuit because life is too short! I love you all.”
She also wrote: “I remember when this photo that was taken of me back in June in the Bahamas. I didn’t share it because I was so worried about my cellulite. I’m sharing it now because I want you ladies to feel empowered and to own your bodies. You are more than your dimples.”
Although a lot of people liked the image – Sia came forward to admit that she received tons of hate mail in response to the sexy snap. She revealed the hatred shared her direction on another Instagram post this week.
“To show your gains, you don’t have to show your behind like that. You are a mother, think about what your children see your behind in your posts in the future. Unfollowed.”
Because the person wrote the following to the concerned mother and fitness blogger, she revealed that this comment made her think about her lifestyle. But she decided that having a body-positive mother was better than having a cruel, negative mother like the former follower.
“Since when were moms supposed to hide their bodies? Since when were mothers no longer allowed to feel sexy? How do you think babies even got here in the first place?”
She added, “I want my kids to see a mother who’s confident in her own skin. Plus, they love my butt and use it like a bongo when I’m cooking dinner or awkwardly standing in line at the grocery store.”
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