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A mum-of-two has been body shamed by trolls since she gave birth in July.
Emily Skye, a fitness model and entrepreneur, has been branded “disgusting” by online haters who say she’s “ruined” her body by starting a family.
But instead of letting the cruel comments get her down, the 35-year-old fought back.
In a candid Instagram post, the Australian star proudly bared her body in gym gear and told fans to ignore pressure to “bounce back”.
She wrote: "RIP fit body, yuck, your body is ruined, so much cellulite, reminds me to never have kids’ – Just some of the comments I’ve been receiving about my post-partum body…
“You know what though? I’d rather it come from others than myself. What I think of myself and constantly tell myself is FAR more important than what others think and say to me."
Emily continued: “I’ve said this before – I LOVE my body so much and am grateful for everything it has done for me and my kids!
“I made a promise to myself the day I gave birth to my son Izaac (on my lounge room floor by the way) that if I were to ever have negative thoughts about my body I’d remind myself of what it’s done for me and how blessed I am.
“I haven’t yet had to remind myself though.
“It makes me sad when I hear people say terrible things about the way they look.
“Love for yourself and your body isn’t easy and takes time to learn how to do it but I believe it’s SO important.”
Emily had some tips for those struggling to feel confident about their bodies.
She added: “The best way to love your body I think is to appreciate what it DOES for you – focus on that and nourish it with nutritious food, exercise and rest.
“I absolutely love being fit and strong amd my current goals is to improve my fitness.
“That doesn’t mean I don’t love my body when I’m not at my ‘peak’ though. I truly loved my body throughout my pregnancies, right after giving birth and I love it just as it is right now and will continue to love it for the rest of my life. I have even more reason to since becoming a mother and I want to be a good example for them.
”It doesn’t matter what others think and say but it still does affect a lot of us and nasty comments like the above do upset me initially but then I take deep breaths and let it go.”
Emily added that she uses online hate as motivation instead of taking it to heart.
She explained: “I know these people are being far from constructive and their only goal is to hurt me.
“I always try to turn a negative into positive though and I’m using them as motivation.
“So thank you nasty people, instead of bringing me down you’ve only made me stronger, more determined & more resilient.
“I WILL be fit and strong again because I want to and I’m doing it for myself on my OWN terms. I’m feeling better, stronger and fitter every single day!”
Emily’s post seems to have resonated with other mums as it’s garnered more than 95,000 likes.
One responder wrote: “You look amazing!! Your body created two miracles and you are 100% inspiration to mamas who may be doubting themselves.
“Thank you for always being positive!!”
Another said: “This is a great message. You glow from the inside out and look absolutely beautiful!”
And a third added: “The fact that people say this let alone think it is disturbing. Glad you’re not listening because it’s rubbish!
“You’re gorgeous inside and out.”
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