Mom of 5 Mocked for Her Stretch Marks Has the Last Laugh

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bikiniWhen proud mom of five Tanis Jex-Blake hit the beach last week with her kids, she expected to have an enjoyable, relaxing day. What she didn't anticipate was driving home in tears after two men and a woman mocked her because of her stretch marks

Blake, 33, was sunbathing and sporting a bikini for the first time in 13 years when she opened her eyes to find a trio of bullies standing over her, pointing, mocking her body, and pretending to kick her.

While the Canadian was initially shocked and deeply hurt, she didn't take the insults lying down. Despite the fact that her day was ruined, what Jex-Blake did next has women everywhere cheering. 

 

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The mother of five took time out of what we'd have to imagine is a pretty busy day to post an open letter to her taunters on her Facebook page. Already, the empowering message has garnered close to 10,000 "likes" and has been shared nearly 7,000 times on her page alone.

Calling her stretch marks "battle scars," Jex-Blake says they should be a source of pride, not shame. 

"I'm NOT sorry that my body has housed, grown, protected, birthed, and nurtured FIVE fabulous, healthy, intelligent, and wonderful human beings," she wrote.  

You go, girl! Jex-Blake's message illustrates that a woman's body serves a much more powerful purpose than simply looking appealing to others at the beach.

Her response resonates with so many because, as she points out, "normal women will never measure up to a supermodel," nor do they have the luxury of Photoshopping each picture snapped of them.

What you wear to the beach is your choice, and while others may not agree with it, it certainly doesn't give them the right to put anyone down or ruin their day.

Do you agree with Jex-Blake's response or should there be a bikini cut-off? 


Images ©iStock.com/JoeLena; via Tanis Jex-Blake/Facebook

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Jeana... JeanaJaybird

I do not believe this supposed incident really occurred, although I do agree with everything she says. Preach it sister, get those likes and shares!

nonmember avatar Kristi

Well it is kinda gross and I wouldn't wear a two piece with all the cute one pieces, but to each her own. And if you are gonna do it, be prepared and own it like she did.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I agree with Kristi. I personally would never wear a bikini if my stomach looked like that, but Jex-Blake seems like a strong individual who can handle whatever crappy people throw her way.

nonmember avatar ColoradoMommy

I can't say it surprises me that people now a days have no filter on their mouths nor respect for other people and their things. I've heard plenty of people remark on how disgusting stretch marks are and that you should be ashamed of your body because you had kids. I myself at 27 years old have been through 3 pregnancies and even though i just barely gained enough of the recommended pregnancy weight each time my body is stretched and marked up, i may have been lucky and have no stretch marks to my stomach but i got them everywhere else my worst being my hips. I've over heard plenty of rude remarks when im out at the pool from mostly snotty ass teen girls and i just tell them bite me and go on with tending to my kids. I am a size 10 mostly due to my butt and hips and by no means do i have a flat stomach but im happy with how i am

nonmember avatar ColoradoMommy

I can't say it surprises me that people now a days have no filter on their mouths nor respect for other people and their things. I've heard plenty of people remark on how disgusting stretch marks are and that you should be ashamed of your body because you had kids. I myself at 27 years old have been through 3 pregnancies and even though i just barely gained enough of the recommended pregnancy weight each time my body is stretched and marked up, i may have been lucky and have no stretch marks to my stomach but i got them everywhere else my worst being my hips. I've over heard plenty of rude remarks when im out at the pool from mostly snotty ass teen girls and i just tell them bite me and go on with tending to my kids. I am a size 10 mostly due to my butt and hips and by no means do i have a flat stomach but im happy with how i am

mompam mompam

I think there is definitely an age limit on a bikini, even if you look good, but no way should people say anything.

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