Mel Rymill recently posted a picture of herself on her facebook page in her bra and underwear to show that having a strong body that works is more important to her than trying to fit in to any kind of ‘postpartum’ body ideal. Mel posted the picture to her facebook page complete with a statement about what prompted her to post the #badassundies selfie. She wrote;
So I had my first session with a PT today and the first thing she said to me was “Obviously you want to get back to your pre-baby weight”. It wasn’t a question, it was a statement.
And it pissed. Me. Off.
I corrected her nicely by simply saying “my goal is to regain my core strength and endurance…I’m not worried by how my body looks, only how it functions…it can be pretty badass”.
But it got me thinking. Post pregnant women are told they look good if they return to their pre-baby body quickly leading to the assumption that they look bad if the keep the extra weight. Skinny people are envied for their lack of fat or shamed for apparently starving themselves. Voluptuous women are either labelled fat and shamed or they’re labelled brave for being comfortable in their own skin. There is always pressure.
No one is comfortable in their own skin 100% of the time. Constantly labelling people and piling expectations associated with these labels on them is harmful to everyone…including those doing the labelling.
What we should be worrying about is if people are ok, not what they look like.
So here I am. I may not be magazine ready, my nana undies and bedtime nursing bra are certainly not going to be rocking a runway anytime soon, my hair is greasy, I have no makeup on, my body is squishy and plentiful, I’m not even sure I’m totally ok.
But I am strong. My body is healthy.
Hell, I am badass as fuck!
Screw what society wants from me. This is what’s on offer.
Join me if you will #badassundies
Since Mel posted her photo it’s gone viral and encouraged other women to post their own pictures using the #badassundies hashtag. As for why Mel decided to post the picture, the South Australian told TODAY, “It was really a spur of a moment thing. I looked in the mirror and started getting down on myself before snapping out of it and remembering that my body is amazing. It allows me to do amazing things.”
Rymill also says that she’s amazed her picture has gone viral but loves that women are embracing the message that no one should worry about what your body looks like.
“It’s been great to see people reclaiming the power and owning their own bodies,” she says. “It’s not about whether you are big, small, lumpy, cuddly, boney, shaped like a dodecahedron, a woman, anywhere on the gender scale or anything else you can think of. #Badassundies is about reclaiming the world we live in and flooding it with real bodies, no, REAL PEOPLE.”
What do you think Hot Moms? Would you post a picture in your #badassundies?