Two Women Fight Back Against Body Shaming With a Single Postpartum Photo Shoot

Two Women Fight Back Against Body Shaming With a Single Postpartum Photo Shoot

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Trina Cary Photography

Our body insecurities can come from a million different places -- sometimes it's a sudden change that triggers them, sometimes it's comparing ourselves to others, and sometime's it's nothing at all. For one Canadian mom, it was giving birth to three kids in two years. Seems like a valid reason to us (not that there are any invalid reasons, but you get what we mean), but gross Internet people still thought it'd be fun to shame her for being "too skinny" to feel insecure. Insane, right? Right. Well, the photographer who helped the mom come to terms with her postpartum body thought so too, and she shut down the trolls in the most beautiful way possible.

Trina Cary took photos of Mel and her husband, Gabby, after Mel approached her looking for a way to feel better about her postpartum body and be a better body-confident role model for her daughters.

Since Trina is a self-love pro, she took gorgeous, sexy shots of the couple to celebrate their bodies and their family and their self-confidence. The photos are amazing, but that didn't seem to stop commenters from calling Mel everything from "too skinny to be insecure" to a slut, according to Trina.

So Trina fought back.

"There wasn't inspiration to fight back, it was just black and white," she told CafeMom. "Mel is a loving mother, wife, sister, and friend, and nobody deserves to be put down for their own personal insecurities or how they choose to overcome them and express themselves."

She's right, of course. Here's a piece of what she posted on Facebook:

This session was not about two people being vain, this was about learning to love yourself again ... This woman has dedicated her life to her husband and her children. She is fighting personal insecurities and your best comment is to trash her?! It makes me physically sick reading comments like these. Words hurt, people! I feel sorry for the authors of these comments because they are the ones who need a session like this most but will never have the courage or strength to do one. They are the ones shrouded in jealousy and insecurities and choose to reply out of spite.

The comments obviously hurt Mel a lot, which is a shame because Trina told CafeMom that it was her vulnerability that made her such a good model for this shoot in the first place. "She is raw and vulnerable and she gives you nothing but herself," Trina said. "She is not fake and that is what makes her so beautiful and perfect for this message and session. Every human, male or female, deserves to feel confident and empowered. Love yourself, flaws and all."

Just look at the gorgeous photos Trina took of Mel -- you'll see what she means.

(Then check out Trina's Facebook and Instagram and start saving for your own empowerment shoot ASAP.)

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