Plus-Size Model Robyn Lawley Posts Powerful Selfie To Combat Criticism Of Women's Bodies

mbg Contributor By Emi Boscamp
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Emi Boscamp is the former News Editor at mindbodygreen. She received a BA in English and minors in Spanish and Art History from Cornell University.

Robyn Lawley, the first plus-size model to be featured in Sports Illustrated (though the whole "plus-size" part has been debated), is standing up for all women's autonomy over their bodies.

In a 2014 Cosmopolitan interview, Lawley, who was pregnant at the time, said that she had at one point considered an abortion and that, as a lingerie model, she was "worried about" stretch marks.

"F**k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud."

They were separate statements, independent of one another, but a tabloid took them out of context and ran with them, claiming she only considered abortion to avoid getting stretch marks. And, as you can imagine, she was inundated with abusive comments.

So, she took to Facebook to defend herself and women everywhere, by posting a photo of her body — stretch marks and all — along with a deeply inspiring message:

"We put an unbelievable amount of ridiculous time consuming pressure on women to care so much about their flaws they forget how truly beautiful they (you) are today," Lawley wrote. "To anyone who feels bad about your body especially after a baby, you are a warrior, you created a life inside of you, that's no easy feat.

"F**k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud. And put your efforts into skills that rely more on your physical self."

Plus-Size Model Robyn Lawley Posts Powerful Selfie To Combat Criticism Of Women's Bodies

"As for my stretch marks I knew they were coming and as they're fading into white (like all my others) I thought I might capture them," she continued. "Because they are some bad ass #tigerstripes. And I earned them.

Rather than disseminate the idea that a woman would choose to have an abortion for the sake of her appearance, she said, the media should focus its attention on women who are unable to "access an abortion because of state laws."

"I love my daughter," she wrote. "I also love my human rights."

You can read the full post here.

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