New mum Rebekah Vardy has spoken out against body shaming, after being told on social media that she was ‘disgusting’ following the birth of her son.
The mum-of-four welcomed her son Finlay with footballer husband Jamie Vardy in January, but she was shamed for looking ‘huge’ after leaving the hospital.
Rebekah was recently praised for doing a photoshoot showing off her post-baby body with no digital alterations, shattering the expectations mums often feel like they have to live up to.
‘I think it’s really important that perfection doesn’t exist, which is why I did the shoot and to say look, this is what reality looks like after having children’, Rebekah said on Good Morning Britain.
The footballer’s wife revealed the reason she felt compelled to do the photoshoot was because she was body shamed after leaving hospital with her newborn son.
‘There’s nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide away from. I’d just come out of hospital, Finlay was two days old, and someone tweeted I had massive thighs and was disgusting, and at that point I thought, this is not right’, she said.
Rebekah continued to point out that while some people might be genetically blessed and get their pre-baby body back quickly, most pictures online are not real, and mums should not feel like there’s a standard for how they should look after having a baby.
‘You don’t have to look perfect, these pictures you see on social media; they’re not real. I think some people do snap back, some women are genetically able to do that but for the majority of us it’s false.
‘I wouldn’t want my eldest daughter to look at that image and think ‘that’s what I want to look like’; and then I have to explain to her that these images are photoshopped.’
The 35-year-old also revealed on the show that even though she’s back in the gym, she doesn’t have a target for what she wants to look like.
‘I don’t have a target, I’m not bothered if I stay like this forever, but I am back in the gym and I am working out but more because I’m a firm believer of strong body strong mind.’