EDMONTON, Canada — A 33-year-old mother was mocked for her stretch marks by three strangers as she attempted to sunbathe at the beach while her kids played nearby.
She said this was her first time wearing a bikini in 13 years.
According to GlobalNews, Tanis Jex-Blake, a mother of five children, was laying down relaxing on the beach when she heard people start talking about her.
“All of a sudden I heard, ‘oh my god, look at that, that’s f****ng nasty, that’s disgusting, look how gross that is,’” Jex-Blake told GlobalNews.
She said when she opened her eyes, she saw two men and a woman pointing at her and pretending to kick her.
Jex-Blake said at the time she acted as if the hurtful comments didn’t affect her, but later texted her husband about the encounter and cried in the car while driving home.
Instead of keeping quiet and letting the incident go, Jex-Blake took to social media where she posted an open letter to the two men and woman along with a close-up picture of herself laying down in her bikini to Facebook.
The letter said:
“This is an open letter to the 2 guys and 1 girl who decided to skip work today in Sherwood Park where they were building a house , but instead decided to come to Alberta Beach to relax in the sun, enjoy the water and some beers.
I’m sorry if my first attempt at sun tanning in a bikini in public in 13 years “grossed you out”. I’m sorry that my stomach isn’t flat and tight. I’m sorry that my belly is covered in stretch marks. I’m NOT sorry that my body has housed, grown, protected, birthed and nurtured FIVE fabulous, healthy, intelligent and wonderful human beings. I’m sorry if my 33 year old, 125 lb body offended you so much that you felt that pointing, laughing, and pretending to kick me. But I’ll have you know that as I looked at your ‘perfect’ young bodies, I could only think to myself “what great and amazing feat has YOUR body done?”.
I’ll also have you know that I held my head high, unflinching as you mocked me, pretending that what you said and did had no effect on me; but I cried in the car on the drive home. Thanks for ruining my day. It’s people like you who make this world an ugly hateful place. I can’t help but feel sorry for the women who will one day bear your children and become “gross” in your eyes as their bodies change during the miraculous process of pregnancy. I can only hope that one day you’ll realize that my battle scars are something to be proud of, not ashamed of.”
As of Saturday, her personal post had been shared nearly 5,000 times.