A mother-of-five, Tanis Jex-Blake who was mocked for exposing her stretch marks in a bikin on a beach took to her facebook page to write an open letter to the teenagers who read ridiculed her.
According to Mail Online;
A mother-of-five who was ridiculed on a beach for having stretch marks has posted an emotional open letter to crass teenagers who publicly humiliated her.
Tanis Jex-Blake, from Alberta, Canada, says she was trying to ‘discretely sunbathe’ while her children were playing on the beach.
It was the first time she wore a bikini in public since her first child 13 years ago when she overheard “oh my God, look at that, that’s f***ing nasty, that’s disgusting, look how gross that is.”
Tanis said: “So I peeked my eyes open and [two men and a woman] were standing above me, looking down, pointing at me and pretending to kick me as I lay there.”
The 33-year-old pretended to ignore the comments even though she was secretly devastated inside.
When Tanis arrived home, she posted a photo of her sunbathing in a bikini accompanied by the letter which noted how upset she had been by the remarks.
She concluded by saying she was still proud of her ‘battle scars’ from pregnancy, and there was nothing to be ashamed of.
The full 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.”
Since the post was shared to her 241 Facebook friends, it has been shared over the internet leading to interviews with the main Canadian TV news station and countless messages of support from members of the public.
A Facebook page has even been set up so well-wishers can discuss her letter and pass on their thoughts – with many describing Tanis as an ‘inspiration’.