A NEW Zealand woman has hit back at body-shamers who “pointed and laughed” at her plus-size figure after she stripped down to a bikini at the beach.
Shelly Proebstel was looking forward to a day at the beach when she was targeted by cruel men who made fun of her physique.
Shelly claims body-shamers ‘pointed and laughed’ at her shortly after this picture was taken[/caption]
But rather than covering up her body and letting the body-shamers intimidate her, Shelly refused to let their cruel taunts ruin her day.
Writing on her Faceook page Bald and BeaYOUtiful, Shelly hit back at her body-shamers to share an inspirational message with her 3,500 followers.
In a post which has now been liked over 23,000 times, Shelly wrote: “To the guys who pointed and laughed when I took my sarong off today at Mt Mauganui Beach, bearing my sould (my bikini body) to the world, I just want to say (excuse my language but) F*** YOU.
“It’s because of d***heads like you that people are so incredibly insecure about their body image.”
Shelly said she had to fight the urge to cover up her body after the men laughed at her[/caption]
Shelly’s post has now been liked over 23,000 times on Facebook[/caption]
Listing all the ways in which women can feel insecure about their appearance, Shelly added: “It’s because of people like you that people starve themselves and make themselves sick in an attempt to maintain a ‘model-like figure’.”
Shelly acknowledged that “there was a split second that I almost quickly covered up again” but instead “reminded myself of all I have learnt on this journey and I held my head high and stuck my belly out and wore that bikini with pride.”
Insisting that body-shaming can have a terrifying effect on those who are targeted, the woman wrote: “It’s because of people like you that women don’t feel safe or confident or comfortable to go out in society in something like a bikini, or a crop top, or a short dress or with their midriff showing.
The woman urged body-shamers to think about the affect their words can have on women[/caption]
Shelly insists that body-shamers ‘need to take some responsibility’ for the affect their behaviour has on women[/caption]
“It’s people like you that people become anorexic, obese, bulimic, self-harm, commit suicide… I could go on.”
Shelly then admitted that body-shamers such as hers were “not responsible for the entirety”, but insists they “have to take some responsibility.”
She added: “Next time you see someone like me on the beach in a bikini or in a situation similar, before you laugh and point, take a moment to think about the damage you may just do.
“Because not every person, young or old, male or female, will have learnt to have the thick skin, or the resilience, or the self confidence, that I do to brush it off.”
Fans have thanked Shelly for sharing her ‘inspiring’ bikini body photos[/caption]
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Shelly’s original post was flooded with supportive messages from fans thanking her for her honesty.
One user responded: “For what it’s worth – I think you’re rocking that bikini with loads of confidence! You look great… and thanks for putting your message out there!”
Another added: “Thank you so much for having the courage to share this.”
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