Robyn Lawley shares a photo of her stretch marks – and refuses to be bullied for them.

“Taking care of someone’s life, a heavy decision to make, would never rest on getting stretch marks alone.”

Like many mothers — many women, in fact — model Robyn Lawley has some stretch marks on her body. Unlike many mothers, however, Lawley’s body is subject to constant and often very public scrutiny for the way she looks.

Due to her profession, there’s always going to be a certain level of interest in the 26-year-old’s figure — but during her pregnancy last year Lawley, and her stretch marks, became the target of a particularly cruel breed of body bullying from an online publication.

Image: Instagram

Today, she’s taken them to task on her Facebook page, and shared a fist pump-worthy message for any woman who’s ever been made to feel bad about her body.

“A very honest … conversation with a friend was manipulated and taken apart so heartlessly by a UK gossip page that, at seven months pregnant right after losing one of my my closest relatives, read, ‘Robyn considers abortion to avoid stretch marks’,” the 26-year-old writes, alongside a photo clearly displaying those stretch marks.

Of course, Lawley was shocked and horrified — not only because she already had “a tonne of stretch marks like 90 per cent of the world”, but because the angle of the report was completely inaccurate. To make matters worse, it attracted more than 500 “abusive” comments before being retracted.

“I’m familiar with being bullied, once for not having a thigh gap (insert face palm), but to bully me for something I never said … it was causing a huge amount of stress to me and I was worried about my unborn baby’s health,” Lawley recalls.

“Not to mention my decision [regarding abortion] would need to be more based on the fact that I will be taking care of someone’s life, a heavy decision to make, would never rest on getting stretch marks alone.”


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There’s so much wrong with this story that it’s hard to know where to start. As Lawley — who is openly pro-choice — states, a woman’s reproductive rights should not be fodder for tabloid speculation, nor used to further a political agenda.

However, at a more basic level, the act of critiquing a woman for having stretch marks is as ridiculous as it is nasty, regardless of whether or not she happens to be pregnant.

Lawley — who gave birth to her daughter Ripley in February — just so happens to love her stretch marks, and decided to photograph them in all their glory before they become less visible.

“I knew they were coming and as they’re fading into white (like all my others) I thought I might capture them. Because they are some bad ass #tigerstripes. And I earned them,” she writes.

“And to anyone who feels bad about your body especially after a baby, you are a warrior, you created a life inside of you, that’s no easy feat.”

Image: Instagram

Damn straight. And for the record, Robyn Lawley, those tiger stripes of yours are beautiful.

“We put an unbelievable amount of ridiculous time consuming pressure on women to care so much about their flaws, they forget how truly beautiful they (you) are today,” she adds.

“F**k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud. And put your efforts into skills that rely more on your physical self.”

You can read Lawley’s message in full here.

The article was originally published on The Glow.

Have you ever been made to feel bad about your body? How did you respond?

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