“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.
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.”