Style blogger Callie Thorpe didn't think twice about posting happy photos of her honeymoon on social media.
Marie Claire columnist Callie Thorpe says she'd struggled with body image her whole life. But that didn't stop her from feeling beautiful and confident while on her honeymoon with her new husband in Mexico.
"I felt wonderful on holiday," the 28-year-old told PEOPLE. "Whenever I'm away, I always feel my most confident. I especially feel so when I'm doing something that people think I can't do, like paddle boarding, kayaking, cycling, and exploring beaches and cenotes. People think because I'm overweight there is no way I could do any of those things."
While enjoying all sorts of beachy activities, Thorpe naturally posted several pictures of herself in a swimsuit to social media. She didn't think twice about the totally natural and normal cellulite that was visible in photos, but some nasty internet haters decided to shame her for it.
I mean,zero fucks were given yesterday, it was just SO hot so I stripped off and cycled in my bikini insecurities fade away when you let yourself really enjoy living in the moment. So what that I have rolls and my tummy jiggles I cycled over 18km yesterday I have the capability to do whatever I want and so do you! #effyourbeautystandards
"The comments started coming after I posted a photo of myself riding a bike in my bikini on a day out in Tulum," she said. "I had such positive feedback, but as with everything, I received a couple of nasty ones calling me names. [The comments said] 'I should keep cycling, then I wouldn't be so fat' and 'Save the whales.' Pathetic stuff, really." (Read: Lululemon Employees Allegedly Body Shamed This Woman After She Lost 80 Pounds)
Understandably, these hateful words had a huge impact on Thorpe, but not until after she left her honeymoon.
"One in particular made comments about me needing grease to get into my wedding dress and that really upset me," she said. "I think it was an accumulation of exhaustion after a 10-hour flight, and it being one of the first things I saw when I got back into our home together. I started to cry, and I just thought, 'When will this stop?' and 'Why do I deserve this just because I share pictures of myself enjoying my life on the internet like everyone else?'"
In part, Thorpe believes that because of her large social media following, people think they have a right to say whatever they want.
"There is this assumption that if you put yourself online that you are fair game for abuse, and I think it's unacceptable," she says. "No one deserves to be mocked for their size. Just let people live their lives as they see fit."
Thankfully, for every negative comment, Thorpe has received several positives ones from followers who defended and admired her for embracing her body as it is.
And remember, at the end of the day, beauty is only skin deep—and Thorpe has a message for those who are struggling: "Remember that your body is just one small element of who you are. How kind you are, how loving you are, how powerful and strong and intelligent you are is also important. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves, and kindness is key in finding body love."