Party planner Rachel Hollis recently posted a photo of herself on the beach, wearing a bikini and a great big smile. It’s been viewed a lot because she’s the mother of three and has stretch marks–and she’s okay with that. For the caption she wrote: “I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy… (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!!) and I wear a bikini. I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could. I wear a bikini because the only man who’s opinion matters knows what I went through to look this way. That same man says he’s never seen anything sexier than my body, marks and all. They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride!” So far, more than 4000,000 people liked the post on Facebook.
Hollis is also editor-in-chief of The Chic Site, where she writes about everything from food, wine, family and friends to crafty projects. Her voice is humble, but she’s definitely not your average mother of three. Living in Los Angeles, she’s designed parties for Hollywood elite including Bradley Cooper, Al Gore, Rashida Jones and Cuba Gooding, Jr., to name a few. P.S. She also just ran a marathon and has another book coming out.