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Someone Makes A Post About Strong Women Who Celebrate Their Natural Bodies, Illustrates It With The Perfect Example
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Someone Makes A Post About Strong Women Who Celebrate Their Natural Bodies, Illustrates It With The Perfect Example

Society expects a lot from us. Men have to repress their vulnerable emotions and earn a six-figure salary while hiding their rock-hard abs under a tailormade suit. Women, on the other hand, must grow up as beautiful caring mothers who retain their youth and energy. But what is a life worth if it’s just an exhausting pursuit of virtues?

Recently, Irais Cadena from Chihuahua, Mexico, turned to Facebook to share her two cents on the issue. Cadena explained why she thinks women can be strong and beautiful without following the ‘perfect’ formula, highlighting that Sarah Nicole Landry is the perfect example. Her thoughts instantly went viral, generating over 170K reactions and 659K shares.

Recently, a Facebook post went viral for its celebration of strong women who celebrate their bodies

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It was inspired by the perfect example, a mother-of-three by the name of Sarah Nicole Landry

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Landry, 35, from Ontario, Canada, has learned to accept herself as a person and she has made it her mission to help others do the same. However, her journey to self-love took time. Landry had battled body image issues over a long period of her life.

“I don’t recall when I became conscious about my self-image but I have early memories around age 11-12 where they started to take over my self-worth,” she told Bored Panda. “I did my first diet at age 14, and it would continue off and on through ’til adulthood.”

“I really had believed that losing weight would be the way for me to find body acceptance so I sought that strongly about 5-6 years ago. After losing around 100lbs, I was devastated to discover that I still had body image issues, perhaps even worse than before. Since then, I’ve worked through my issues around self-worth, disordered eating, and my confidence and have journeyed through that process online.”

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Sarah is very open about the journey she had to go through in order to love herself

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Landry lost all of that weight by strict calorie counting and working out almost obsessively. “For me, it leads to disordered eating, fatphobic thoughts, and food fear. Something I’ve worked on reversing for years.”

The turning point for her happened around the time she was going through a divorce. “I lost some extra weight due to stress and was probably the least healthy I’d ever been, but people continued to congratulate me on my beautiful body without knowing what was really going on,” Landry explained. “I realized that I had to face the fact that weight loss didn’t make me happy, and I needed to find a balance for me and my natural beauty, for a lifestyle I could love and a body I could celebrate even as it changed.”

And women all over the Internet are applauding her honesty

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She also shares her thoughts on parenting

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Online communities of women have really helped her as well. “Once I started following such a diverse group of beautiful women and men online, it really opened up my eyes to how different true beauty is and how it’s really about who you are and not what you look like!”

Eventually, this strong woman stopped judging areas of her body and started honoring them instead. This includes everything from the back of her legs which have more pronounced cellulite and stretch marks, to her abs from carrying really large babies. Landry said the ‘freeing’ experience has allowed her to feel more confident and spend more time making memories with her children rather than worrying about her weight.

As well as pics from her everyday life

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While appreciating her supportive family

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And embracing her mission to spread body-positivity and self-love

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Giovanni
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm the only one that thinks that the sentence "every woman is beautiful" is a lot condescending? Wouldn't the campaign make more sense if it focused on the concept that a woman is not less worth as a person only because her appearance is worsening?

Kathleen Barlow
Community Member
2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Totally agree. I know it's meant to be a sentence that inspires positivity but it never has for me. To me, it just highlights the ridiculous notion that women HAVE to be beautiful otherwise their very existence as human beings is invalid. I am not a beautiful woman by any standard and I am totally cool with that because it means nothing to me....now. There was a time in my life when it seriously affected my self esteem though. This obsession with beauty is so negative and damaging IMO.

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Biljana Malesevic
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am not really happy about this "trend", and not because I value anyone based on appearance, but quite the contrary. Why are women always trying to prove their self worth by getting naked and claiming they are beautiful from the outside? Why do women in any way think that self worth equals how you look like or your own body image or by looking this and that and accepting how you look? How men never do that? I hardly ever (except as a joke) saw men getting naked and proving "dad bods" are beautiful. Our self worth is NOT just our looks alone. Getting naked and seeking approval from strangers will not solve anything. You have to believe in your worth as whole being, as a person. superficial beauty is just industry, a trend, it sells things. Inner beauty is real quality. Nurture and love your inner beauty.

Jess-a-men
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why do women in any way think that self worth equals how you look like or your own body image or by looking this and that and accepting how you look? Easy: Because to some, it does. I would not wear revealing clothing and show myself off on Social Media and based on your comment, neither would you... but the two of us are not the only women on earth, nor are we the norm. For some people, showing themselves off and getting approval from strangers does indeed solve everything... because it makes them feel good and proud and strong. All qualities that they might have lacked before doing this... because they were ashamed, afraid, insecure. If this helps them belive in their worth, then let them. Please don't tell people how to properly love themselves.

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Chu Yue Ling
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How about you stop being so vain and attention hungry and focus on being a good person? That beauty never fades. Ffs. You have so much to be thankful for.

Bumble
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or maybe, what she is doing is helping many MANY women who are ashamed of their stretch marks and cellulite by showing her body as it is. Instead of only seeing women in the media who have been photoshopped to be perfect. Also, maybe you should take your own advice- your comment does not reflect that of a good person.

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Giovanni
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm the only one that thinks that the sentence "every woman is beautiful" is a lot condescending? Wouldn't the campaign make more sense if it focused on the concept that a woman is not less worth as a person only because her appearance is worsening?

Kathleen Barlow
Community Member
2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Totally agree. I know it's meant to be a sentence that inspires positivity but it never has for me. To me, it just highlights the ridiculous notion that women HAVE to be beautiful otherwise their very existence as human beings is invalid. I am not a beautiful woman by any standard and I am totally cool with that because it means nothing to me....now. There was a time in my life when it seriously affected my self esteem though. This obsession with beauty is so negative and damaging IMO.

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I am not really happy about this "trend", and not because I value anyone based on appearance, but quite the contrary. Why are women always trying to prove their self worth by getting naked and claiming they are beautiful from the outside? Why do women in any way think that self worth equals how you look like or your own body image or by looking this and that and accepting how you look? How men never do that? I hardly ever (except as a joke) saw men getting naked and proving "dad bods" are beautiful. Our self worth is NOT just our looks alone. Getting naked and seeking approval from strangers will not solve anything. You have to believe in your worth as whole being, as a person. superficial beauty is just industry, a trend, it sells things. Inner beauty is real quality. Nurture and love your inner beauty.

Jess-a-men
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why do women in any way think that self worth equals how you look like or your own body image or by looking this and that and accepting how you look? Easy: Because to some, it does. I would not wear revealing clothing and show myself off on Social Media and based on your comment, neither would you... but the two of us are not the only women on earth, nor are we the norm. For some people, showing themselves off and getting approval from strangers does indeed solve everything... because it makes them feel good and proud and strong. All qualities that they might have lacked before doing this... because they were ashamed, afraid, insecure. If this helps them belive in their worth, then let them. Please don't tell people how to properly love themselves.

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Chu Yue Ling
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How about you stop being so vain and attention hungry and focus on being a good person? That beauty never fades. Ffs. You have so much to be thankful for.

Bumble
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or maybe, what she is doing is helping many MANY women who are ashamed of their stretch marks and cellulite by showing her body as it is. Instead of only seeing women in the media who have been photoshopped to be perfect. Also, maybe you should take your own advice- your comment does not reflect that of a good person.

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