Australian mother speaks out about being happy with your own body

Mel Rymill from Australia had just become a mother and wanted to get back in shape after taking a break from sports while she was pregnant. Mel was looking forward her first trip back to the fitness studio, but when she got there and met her personal trainer, she was appalled at one of the first comments she made. In fact, Mel was so ticked off that she decided to post this on Facebook...

So I had my first session with a PT today and the first thing she said to me was "Obviously you want to get back to your...

Posted by Mel Rymill on Thursday, 19. November 2015

 

Just seven hours later the post had been shared over 7,000 times despite being removed for a short time for allegedly violating Facebook's nudity guidelines. "Laughable, what I'm wearing here is more than my normal swimwear," commented Mel when she found out about the post being banned. But in the end the post was put back up and Facebook users around the world are cheering Mel on for her brave words. This inspired Mel to invite others to join her and celebrate their bodies by sharing pictures of themselves in their underwear. Hundreds of women were happy to accept that invitation...

 

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Mel never imagined that her Facebook post would spark such a huge reaction and encourage women to bravely and proudly display their bodies for the whole world to see. "It's not about whether you are big, small, lumpy, cuddly, boney, shaped like a dodecahedron, a woman, anywhere on the gender scale or anything else you can think of. It's about reclaiming the world that we live in and flooding it with real bodies, no, REAL PEOPLE," she wrote.

 

Mel's message is clear and has been heard around the world: be happy with who you are and the body you have! Hopefully Mel and others like her can help to change our ideas about the "perfect body" and teach people to respect themselves and others just the way they are. 

 

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