"Screw what society wants from me. This is what's on offer," Mel Rymill posted on Facebook
Mel Rymill isn’t afraid to flaunt what she’s got – even in a nursing bra and granny panties.
The Australian-based mother posted a photo in her underwear on Facebook after a meeting with a personal trainer that left her feeling upset.
“The first thing she said to me was, ‘Obviously you want to get back to your pre-baby weight,’ ” posted Rymill. “It wasn’t a question, it was a statement. And it pissed. Me. Off.”
Rymill explained to her trainer that she was concerned with regaining core strength and endurance – not with her physical appearance.
“It got me thinking,” she wrote. “Post-pregnant women are told they look good if they return to their pre-baby body quickly, leading to the assumption that they look bad if the keep the extra weight. Skinny people are envied for their lack of fat, or shamed for apparently starving themselves. Voluptuous women are either labeled fat and shamed, or they’re labeled brave for being comfortable in their own skin. There is always pressure.”
Rymill is done feeding into the pressure, and wanted to show that she is happy just the way she is.
“Here I am,” she captioned the photo. “I may not be magazine ready, my nana undies and bedtime nursing bra are certainly not going to be rocking a runway anytime soon, my hair is greasy, I have no makeup on, my body is squishy and plentiful.”
“But I am strong,” she continued. “My body is healthy. Hell, I am badass as f—! Screw what society wants from me. This is what’s on offer.”
Rymill then encouraged other women to post their own underwear selfies using the hashtag “#badassundies.”
The post has now been shared over 6,000 times, with women from all over posting their own photos to join her movement.
“I am amazed to see how the ?#?badassundies movement is taking off,” Rymill wrote in a follow-up post. “It is so empowering seeing all these awesome people owning their bodies and shouting it from the rooftops.”