Shelly felt very uncomfortable during that time but then she remembered that covering up for someone else meant she was giving in to their judgemental thoughts. "I held my head high and stuck my belly out and wore that bikini with pride."
It is the 21st century and yet, women still do not feel safe and on top of that, even become the victims of body shaming. How difficult is it for a person to understand the concept of 'live and let live?' And when we think of all the progress that the society has gone through over the years, you might expect that we might have just gotten past the ridiculous idea of having a certain type of body to wear a bikini on the beach. Well, turns out we were wrong.
A woman from New Zealand went to a beach and decided to have some fun. Shelly Proebstel was there flaunting a striped bikini, running around in the sand, and having the time of her life. However, a group of men were sneering and cruelly mocking her body. And what was her fault in this? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Why couldn't the men keep off their body shaming comments and just let others be in peace? Well, Shelly has an answer to this and she is truly winning hearts on the internet, reports New Zealand Herald.
Shelly took to Facebook and wrote an open letter that read: To the guys who pointed and laughed when I took my sarong off today at Mt Maunganui Beach, bearing my soul (my bikini body) to the world, I just want to say (excuse my language but) f*** you!
It's because of d*ckheads like you that people are so incredibly insecure about their body image. It's because of people like you that women especially don't feel safe or confident or comfortable to go out in society in something like a bikini, or a crop top (they probably aren't even called that anymore!) or a short dress, or with their midriff showing.
It's because of people like you that people starve themselves and make themselves sick in an attempt to maintain a 'model-like figure'. It's because people like you that people become anorexic, obese, bulimic, self-harm, commit suicide ... I could go on ...
Shelly felt very uncomfortable during that time but then she remembered that covering up for someone else meant she was giving in to their judgemental thoughts. "I held my head high and stuck my belly out and wore that bikini with pride." She explained how parents should teach their kids that there is not one body shape and there is a "rainbow of beautiful bodies".
I urge you to teach them not to stare directly at a bigger stomach than they might be accustomed to seeing on TV or in society, but instead, to look at a person's face and into their eyes.
I urge you to teach them to be kind to all types of people, regardless of their outer appearance. I urge you to teach your children to accept people for exactly who they are on the inside. And I urge you to teach your children to be role models to those around them who aren't being taught this, and to be the positive change we need to see in the world, so that in five or 10 or 20 years' time, no more people are pointed at and laughed at by the way they look when they wear a bikini on the beach.
The post soon went viral with people from across the world applauding Shelly for her stand against those men. Her post received more than 15,000 reactions and 3000 shares. People were thanking for her being so inspiring and letting them know one needs to be comfortable in their own skin and that curves are also indeed beautiful just like any other body shape.