Tanis Jex-Blake of Edmonton, Alberta was just trying to enjoy a day at the beach. The mother-of-five has stretch marks on her stomach from child birth, which she rightfully thought wouldn't be a big deal to show in her swimsuit. But Jex-Blake claims that a group of men approached and started to pretend kick her while shouting insults about her stomach and bodily appearance.
The incident left Jex-Blake reasonably upset. But she took to Facebook and let out her anguish in a well-worded message.
Her status was posted with the following image below.
Jex-Blake's status has been shared over 3,000 times now, with people across the world offering their words of encouragement and support.
The story spread to a radio station in Edmonton, who shared Jex-Blake's message and photo. That post alone got over 1 million likes and 200,000 shares. The high majority of the responses have been nothing but supportive, with many users offering their own experiences with fat-shaming and feeling insecure about their body.
Jex-Blake is partnering with other mothers in the area to host a post-baby bikini sit-in in efforts to encourage moms to be proud of their bodies. Just goes to show that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
Facebook rallies to support mom who was fat shamed at beach
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