She clapped back at trolls who claimed she had no right to feel self-conscious about her stretch marks.
It's been less than a year since Bachelor alum Jade Roper Tolbert welcomed her first child into this world. The reality star has since been extremely candid about how much pregnancy and childbirth has changed her body and how it's taking her time to get used to it all. (Related: Why This Fitness Influencer Accepts Her Body Hasn't Bounced Back Seven Months After Giving Birth)
Recently, she opened up about how she almost didn't share an adorable picture of herself and her daughter wearing matching pink one-piece swimsuits because of some stretch marks she noticed on her hips. "Almost didn't post this cuz of the stretch marks on my hips (from pregnancy)," she wrote alongside the photo. "But then I was like wait, that's silly, we are cute AF."
Almost didn't post this cuz of the stretch marks on my hips (from pregnancy), but then I was like wait, that's silly, we are cute AF. (edit: linked suit in my stories! ) ***Also, to those leaving eye roll emojis and telling me I'm what's wrong with body image issues— telling me my stretch marks aren't good enough for you for me to be self conscious about them is what is wrong with body image issues. Womensupporting Women.
Initially, Tolbert left the caption at that. But then she started noticing people leaving nasty comments and emojis, telling her she had no right to complain about stretch marks because they weren't very noticeable and she was thin.
So, to set things straight, Tolbert edited the caption, addressing the haters directly. "To those leaving eye roll emojis and telling me I'm what's wrong with body image issues—telling me my stretch marks aren't good enough for you for me to be self-conscious about them is what is wrong with body image issues," she wrote. (Related: 8 Ways Skinny Shaming Happens At the Gym and Why It's Not Okay)
Tolbert makes a great point. TBH, you wouldn't be alone if you looked at the picture she posted and thought, "She really doesn't have anything to complain about." But her call-out to the naysayers comes as a necessary reminder that body image issues aren't reserved for someone with a specific shape, size, or body type. As women, we are already plenty hard on ourselves which is why it's important not to devalue someone's insecurities, regardless of whether you feel like they are valid or not. That's what being body positive (and people positive!) is all about.
On top of that, Tolbert's comment is a call to action to #MindYourOwnShape and to think twice before posting negative comments on social media—especially when they're about someone's body, lifestyle, or personal insecurities. (If you get that body shaming is still such a huge problem, here's what you can do to stop it.)
#MindYourOwnShape shows the REAL effects of body-shaming and encourages women to stand together against body-shamers. Because loving your body should never mean hating on someone else's.