A Canadian woman called Tanis recently experienced ridicule for her stretch marks from strangers when she decided to sunbathe in a bikini at Alberta Beach in Edmonton, Canada. Her open letter to them on Facebook has gone viral in support of the mum-of-five.
The woman opened her eyes to find two ‘guys’ and a girl pointing to her stomach and laughing – and even pretending to kick her.
Writing that she ‘held her head high’ at the time, Tanis revealed in her Facebook post that she cried on the way home.
However, it seems Tanis has had the last laugh. Her eloquent open letter to them has struck a chord with the public, and mums around the world, and has gone viral.
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She wrote: ‘I'm sorry if my first attempt at sun-tanning in a bikini in public in 13 years "grossed you out". I'm sorry that my stomach isn't flat and tight. I'm sorry that my belly is covered in stretch marks. I'm NOT sorry that my body has housed, grown, protected, birthed and nurtured FIVE fabulous, healthy, intelligent and wonderful human beings.
‘I'm sorry if my 33 year old, 125lb body offended you so much that you felt that pointing, laughing, and pretending to kick me. But I'll have you know that as I looked at your "perfect" young bodies, I could only think to myself "what great and amazing feat has YOUR body done?".
‘It's people like you who make this world an ugly hateful place. I can't help but feel sorry for the women who will one day bear your children and become "gross" in your eyes as their bodies change during the miraculous process of pregnancy.
‘I can only hope that one day you'll realise that my battle scars are something to be proud of, not ashamed of,' she added.
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