What she didn’t anticipate was the abuse she would receive for doing so.
Instead of seeing a hot mama who clearly worked hard for her figure (which is, of course, important to her career), a bunch of people decided to concern troll McNaught.
The 32-year-old Australian model was shamed left and right for daring to upload the “triggering” image.
Experts gave opinions that nobody asked for about this woman’s body, declaring her body an unrealistic example for new mothers to follow.
— Life & Style Weekly (@Life_and_Style) January 25, 2015
You know something? It’s getting really tiresome seeing women like Erin McNaught unable to bask in their own beauty without a bunch of threatened internet trolls flying in to declare that a total stranger should feel ashamed of a body and image that is ultimately none of their business.
Are we really going to pretend that the motive behind the harassment and shaming of a gorgeous model is “concern”? I don’t think so. I will instead both congratulate Erin McNaught for her hard work on getting her body to look the way it does and declare that anyone making it their business to harass and shame this model to be absolutely, 100% J-E-A-L-O-U-S.
Yes, you are absolutely jealous. You’re jealous that Erin had the gumption to put in the work that many of you will no longer consider to be important once January ends—and you shelve your new year’s resolution for another year. You’re jealous that McNaught isn’t ashamed of her body while some of you duck and dodge past any and every mirror in view. You’re jealous that this woman is an attractive model who is desired and adored for her beauty, while some of you are determined to pin your lack of self-confidence on her, rather than own up to your own insecurities, which belong entirely to YOU.
— Sydney Confidential (@SydConfidential) January 15, 2015
It’s disgraceful that in 2015 a woman, yes, even a woman who happens to be a model, can’t show off her body without total strangers deciding that it belongs to them to dissect, criticize, and mock.
What right does anyone have to tell Erin McNaught how to feel about her photographs or her body? What right does anyone have to try to make this model the poster child for “unrealistic expectations”?
Considering her own apparent success, they seem realistic enough to her, and that’s all that should matter.
Once upon a time, people elected to abide by a simple saying: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all.”
Don’t want to give McNaught props for her rockin’ bod? Just click off of her Instagram account and look at something else.
Remember that at the end of the day, Erin’s body belongs to her — just as your body belongs to you!
Pregnant ladies! Don’t be afraid to show off your bumps No chance of hiding this one away in the bath… pic.twitter.com/AHTWKLH5v0
— Erin Gleave (@Erin_McNaught) August 8, 2014
Spend more time learning to love and appreciate it as it is and less time trying to project your issues on other people and you’ll find that even if you never have a model-esque body — you’ll still love your body and yourself.
You don’t need a perfect post-baby body to be perfect or proud of yourself.
And if you are proud of yourself, you don’t need to go around body-shaming women like Erin McNaught in order to feel good about yourself.
[Image Credit: Erin McNaught Instagram]