This Mom’s Open Letter to the Model Who Body-Shamed a Woman at the Gym Is Going Viral

Playboy model Dani Mathers recently posted a nude photo of a woman in her gym’s locker room on Snapchat. Her caption: “If I can’t unsee this, you can’t either.” The offensive post launched a firestorm online, with online commenters accusing her of body-shaming and bullying.

Dani posted an apology video, but the damage was done. The backlash led her to delete her Instagram and Twitter accounts, the gym (LA Fitness) banned her from all of its locations, and she was fired from her job. Now, Christine Blackmon—a mother of two and veteran—has come forward with her own outraged reaction towards Dani’s hurtful post, and it’s going viral.

She shared a censored nude photo of herself in her closet. In the caption, she reveals that her husband took the picture of her about a month ago, and Christine initially wanted him to delete it. “I hated it, all I saw was lumps and bumps,” she wrote in her Facebook post. “He simply smiled and softly said ‘I think it’s beautiful.’ So I let him keep it,” she writes in the caption. After Dani’s post, Christine started to see the photo she once hated in a different light.

Not all of us work out to be “hot,” some of us work out simply to honor the bodies we were given. That’s all that woman was trying to do and you violated her. Shame on you.

Christine closed the post with by saying she hopes that other women would join her in being proud of their bodies, and share their own photos. “I bet I could get 100s of women to post their beautiful bodies and regardless of size, shape or color, they will ALL be more beautiful than the ugliness you showed in that post,” she wrote.

Her photo has since been shared over 40,000 times and has received over 1,000 comments, many including photos. Christine took to Facebook again to express how floored she was by the reaction. “I’m so very grateful to all of you. The next time I’m feeling not so pretty, I won’t have far to go for a reminder of what true beauty is,” she wrote.

(h/t Today)

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