A mum-of-two has become a body positive Instagram star after revealing how her daughters taught her to love her post-baby body.
Lisa Wilson, 28, from Michigan in the US, was struggling to accept the stretchmarks, cellulite and “squishy tummy” that represented her body after giving birth to five-year-old Brielle and Vienna, three.
But after reconsidering her embarrassment, she decided that instead of hiding the changes to her body that childbirth had left her with, instead she should celebrate it.
So Lisa started sharing images of her new body in a bid to set a positive example to her children and encourage other mothers to embrace their own post-baby bodies.
And her Bo-Po message has won her an army of new fans.
Now with over 17.6K followers, the mum-of-two uses her Instagram as a way of spreading a little body positivity by sharing images revealing her stomach in lingerie, swimwear or covered in glitter to urge other women to embrace their natural beauty.
“I am fighting to change the conversation,” she writes in one inspiring post alongside an image of her and her daughters. “I am fighting so my daughters never question their worth because their best friend is smaller and thinner than them.”
“I fight so that the diversity in the media changes, that different body types are represented, so that their black friends are represented, so that their friends with disabilities are represented, so that their transgender/non binary friends are represented,” she continues.
“I fight because the world is full of beautiful women and men who have been convinced they are not. Fight with me.”
I am fighting to change the conversation. I am fighting so my daughters never question their worth because their best friend is smaller and thinner than them. I fight so they look at another girl that is successful and talented they don't question themself but roots for their pupil to suceed. I fight so when you ask them what they love they always include themselves in the answer. And when they are asked if they think they are pretty they answer yes, but so much more than just pretty. I fight so that the diversity in the media changes, that different body types are represented, so that their black friends are represented, so that their friends with disabilities are represented, so that their transgender/non binary friends are represented. I fight so my daughters and their friends can look back on this time and say because of my mom and all those brave men and women stood up together we won't ever have to say 'me too'. I fight because the world is full of beautiful women and men who have been convinced they are not. Fight with me. #sheisalwaysenough#ihaveembraced#nonairbrushedme#iamnoangel#empower#bopo#tigerstripes#shameless#feminist #bodypositivity#angles#youdeservelove#loveyourbody#selflovejourney#teambopo #bodypositive #iamenough #beauty #loveyourcurves #squishytummy #stretchmarks #effyourbeautystandards @l.v_photography1
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Lisa, who works at YMCA said: “My daughters both had a fascination with the stretchmarks and loose skin on my tummy. I just saw it as a fat and didn’t like it.
“I felt really self-conscious when they were poking it, I thought it was something weird.
“But after I had some time to think, I realised it was a bad message that I was sending to my daughters by being embarrassed of how my stomach looks from carrying them.
“I chose to be proud of it and embrace the belly that grew to fit them inside. As a society we think of it as a bad thing – we shouldn’t look at it in that way.
“I knew I needed to look at the stretch marks on my stomach with pride instead of with disdain and anger. From then onwards, I started taking more pictures with them showing.
Lisa also wants to prove to other mums that just because you have given birth doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel sexy.
“I also wanted to show you can still be sexy as a mum, you can have flaws and insecurities because it’s real and authentic. So I put myself and my stretchmarks out there for the world to see, which has also been a way for me to accept it myself.
Lisa admits to previously hiding her post-baby body under high-waisted clothing, but now she’s happy to show the world the real her ‘flaws’ and all.
“Now I see my stomach in a different light, instead of considering it as ugly skin and my ruined tummy, I see it as what gave me my two beautiful daughters.”
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