What's sexier than a six-pack? Rocking a "flabby belly" and stretch marks, says mother of four and musician Kimberly Henderson. After fans told her she had a "perfect" body, Henderson bravely uploaded an "unedited" selfie of her bare belly to Facebook page for all to see.
Everyone always compliments me on how I have such a "perfect" body after 4 kids. I decided to upload this pic and leave my belly "unedited" "unphotoshopped" because I used to struggle with accepting my body after kids. I used to have a six pack before my babies.. And now even though I work out I know its not going to make my loose skin tight.. Or my stretch marks disappear ever lol and I'm ok with... that because everyday I get to wake up to 4 beautiful smiling faces and I'm reminded that they are worth this flabby belly and they are worth these stretch marks. I still wear a bikini because being a mother makes me feel beautiful.. Not having a flat tummy. It took a long time to get there.. Because I struggled so much with my body. I struggled so much because I was young and all these girls my age had perfect bodies and I was in my one piece bathing suit trying to hide all my flaws. And I'm not trying to say I have it worse than anyone else or bad or anything like that just reminding you guys..
That your body is beautiful... BECAUSE we ARE moms and we ARE superheroes and we freakin ROCK and in my opinion that is sexier than any 6 pack!
"I wanted to show other women that I am just like them stretch marks, loose skin" but "I still wear a bikini because being a mother makes me feel beautiful."
This post got 235,044 likes and 23,282 shares.
Other women have followed Henderson's bold photo with some of their own, while comments generally sound something like this: "You inspire me. After having my first daughter I have been so hard on myself and accepting my body...I feel so ugly but posts like these make me stronger."
Henderson writes that one woman even told her, "Your story saved my unborn child."
And when a man wrote that he knew women with three kids and abs who "looked better," Henderson took the high road.
"That's awesome...but some women who have loose skin and stretch marks can't," she writes. "This post is about embracing your imperfections."
Ashley McTyre said:
I wanna like this a million times. I have 3 biological kiddos and they of course took a toll on my body. I have struggled for years to finally come to terms with my stretch marks and loose skin. It's taken me forever to love my body again (and even now I have my days lol).
Kimberly Henderson said: I still have my days too!! But at the end of the day.. I think to myself.. This is MY body... I have 2 choices embrace it or spend my time being upset about it!
I chose to embrace it! We're not perfect.. Especially after having babies! That's normal:) remember... confidence is sexy, motherhood is sexy, not just flat tummies and being skinny! Love you guys!you're beautiful!