Candice Swanepoel is proud of her post-pregnancy body. The stunning supermodel isn't letting online body shamers to make her feel bad about her figure.
Impossible Beauty Standards
The 29-year-old welcomed her second child back in March. She recently stepped out in a bikini and was papped on the beach. Swanepoel was shocked by the negative response to the pics and shared one on Instagram along with a strong message for her haters.
"This is me 12 days after having my son. If you have something bad to say about it...check yourself. ... Beauty standards are sometimes impossible for women these days," she wrote.
The Victoria's Secret model went on to question whether it was because of her chosen profession that people felt they could comment and reminded everyone reading that models are regular people too and deserve to be left in peace.
"I'm not ashamed to show my post-partum tummy. I am proud actually...I carried my son for 9 months in there. I think I've earned the right to have a little tummy," she argued.
The Victoria's Secret star also shared a second shot, of her in a bikini with her baby bump on full display. Swanepoel called on women to support each other.
"I don't have to hide my stomach just because people have unrealistic standards of women. We create life. What can you do? Ladies we are all in this together be kind to each other," she wrote.
Taking The Power Back
The Victoria's Secret Angel and her fiance, Hermann Nicoli, welcomed their son Ariel on June 19. They have another son, Anaca, who just turned one.
Swanepoel shared several bikini pics throughout her pregnancy and was open with fans about her workout schedule. She advised that she was taking it easy as the weeks dragged on, to ensure the baby wasn't affected.
She first showed off her baby bump in Brazil in December of last year. The supermodel hit the runway for Victoria's Secret just a few weeks beforehand, marking her first time back since giving birth to Anacan.
Swanepoel joins a growing list of celebrity moms fighting back against body shaming. Hilary Duff recently shut down commentators who criticized her figure following pics of her enjoying a beach vacation with her son.
Much like the Victoria's Secret model, the singer and actress pointed to the fact her body had given her a child and she is proud of it. Both women argued that their bodies are more than attractive, it's also strong and powerful.