A mother-of-three has shared an empowering image of her stretch marks on Instagram.
Hoping to spread the (body) love, Shantique Paul says she wouldn’t change anything about her appearance.
“After 3 babies this is how my tummy looks,” she wrote. “Am I ashamed of it? Definitely not! Do I care what others think? Definitely not! Do I love my body? Absolutely! Would I ever consider an abdominoplasty? No way Jose!”
She added, “I am beautiful on the inside and outside. If I don’t love me and all of my flaws how can I expect someone else to love me? It starts within. Self love is always the best love!”
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Paul - whose children are aged 12, eight and five - said she was inspired to share a picture of her mid-section after reading an article titled, “stretch marks that we hate.”
“I’m tired of society telling us what beauty is and what beauty isn’t,” she said. “I thought, ‘let me post something that will hopefully let the women out here like me know that you’re not alone.’”
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