A MUM shared a powerful snap of herself naked proudly flaunting her ‘chin hair and shaggy eyebrows’ after being told she’d let herself go.
Mummy blogger Laura Mazza regularly shares her parenting journey on social media, and decided to hit back at trolls in the best way possible after receiving nasty comments about her body.
The mum-of-three, from Melbourne, uploaded a snap in her birthday suit, as she wrote on Facebook: “I was told recently that I had let myself go.”
Rather than feel the need to cover or change her body, Laura embraced it as she urged women to accept and love themselves as they are.
Laura wrote: “I’ve gained some weight, my eyebrows are shaggy, got a couple of chin hairs.
“And so it goes, I’ve let myself go.
“It’s just like after I, and many other women, put on weight during pregnancy, don’t ‘bounce back’ we are labelled as letting ourselves go.”
She pointed out the stereotypes and comments she encounters, saying: “As soon as a woman is considered as having let herself go, anything she does in that current state of 'letting herself go' doesn’t count.
“Me for example, talking about depression with unplucked eyebrows means what I say doesn’t have merit.
“A woman who has given birth 18 months ago without having a washboard stomach must be lazy and anything she says about health isn’t true.”
And Laura commented on the standards society expects of women, saying: “As a woman, we are not meant to show ourselves in any other state other than perfect.
“No one is meant to know that getting dressed up, applying make up, fixing your wrinkles, exercising, lip filler, getting your nails done, shaving your legs – all of that is work.
“When we do that, we appear normal. When we don’t, we’ve let ourself go.”
But she called on women to look and wear however whatever they want, saying: “You don’t have to wear the most flattering outfit to be considered beautiful.
“You don’t have to dye your greys to be considered smart. If you want to wear something that feels comfortable, why not wear something that feels comfortable?
“You don’t have to wear layers of spandex and spanx to shape your body if you don’t want to, because the shape of your bodies is simply the shape of your body. Amazing the way it is.
“If all of that means letting myself go, why wouldn’t we?
“Mothers don’t let themselves go, however they let a lot of things go. Like sleep, time to themselves, their own self!
“Having some extra weight and bushy eyebrows is not a crime and I won’t apologise for it. My body is not an apology.”
Laura said she didn’t owe anyone anything, and she’s simply 'embracing and letting herself be’.
She added: “So wear the sweatpants, the yoga pants and the trackies and let yourself go! Let yourself go of all society’s expectations. Your beauty is defined IN you.”
Her post has racked up thousands of likes, as fellow mums praised her bravery.
One woman said: “You inspire all of us! Some days it is hard to love ourselves. Helps to have you remind me that we are perfect the way we are!”
Another wrote: “Thank you so much for being brave enough to post this – I think your words will resonate with many women, they certainly have with me.”
While a third commented: “Beautifully said & truly beautiful.”
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