Rachel Hollis, a mother of three lovely children, runs a blog called The Chic Site. Earlier this year, Rachel posted a photo of her wearing a orange bikini while on the beach to her blog’s Facebook page. The photo quickly went viral and amassed over 400,000 likes and 69,000 shares.
In the caption, Rachel discusses her love of her own body. After giving birth to three children, Rachel, like many other mothers, developed stretch marks. Many women are embarrassed and sometimes ashamed to show off these marks.
“I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy… (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!!) and I wear a bikini. I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could.
I wear a bikini because the only man who’s opinion matters knows what I went through to look this way. That same man says he’s never seen anything sexier than my body, marks and all. They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride! #HollisHoliday”