😠 YESTERDAY, a group of young people body-shamed someone on the beach.
Shelly Proebstel wrote this letter and we felt compelled to share it #ElephantEd
We stand with you @baldandbeayoutiful
🙌🏽 "To the guys who pointed and laughed when I took my sarong off today at Mt Maunganui Beach, bearing my soul (my bikini body) to the world, I just want to say (excuse my language but) F*** YOU!
It’s because of dickheads like you that people are so incredibly insecure about their body image.
It’s because of people like you that women especially don’t feel safe or confident or comfortable to go out in society in something like a bikini, or a crop top (they probably aren’t even called that anymore!) or a short dress, or with their midriff showing.
It’s because of people like you that people starve themselves and make themselves sick in an attempt to maintain a ‘model-like figure’. It’s because of people like you that people wear long sleeves all year round because they are scared to show their arms.
It’s because people like you that people become anorexic, obese, bulimic, self harm, commit suicide...I could go on... No, you are not responsible for the entirety.
But YES, you have to take some responsibility.
So next time you see someone like me on the beach in a bikini or in a situation similar, before you laugh and point, take a moment to think about the damage you may just do, because not every person, young or old, male or female, will have learnt to have the thick skin, or the resilience, or the self confidence, that I do to brush it off.
I won’t lie, there was a split second that I almost quickly covered up again, and then I reminded myself of all I have learnt on this journey, and I held my head high and stuck my belly out and wore that bikini with pride.
Parents, I urge you to teach your children that there is no one body shape, but instead that there is a rainbow of beautiful bodies. I urge you to teach them not to stare directly at a bigger stomach than they might be accustomed to seeing on tv or in society, but instead, to look at a persons face and into their eyes.....”