Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel refuses to be bodyshamed.
The 29-year-old posted photos taken of her in a swimsuit, enjoying a beach day less than one month after giving birth to her second son, Ariel. Swanepoel clapped back at those who poked fun at her belly in a series of candid Instagram Story posts.
“This is me 12 days after having my son. If you have something bad to say about it… check yourself,” she wrote on Wednesday. “Society can be so cruel to one another. Beauty standards are sometimes impossible for women these days.”
“I’m not ashamed to show my postpartum tummy. I am proud actually. I carried my son for nine months in there. I think I’ve earned the right to have a little tummy,” she added. “Is it because I’m a model? Well, we are normal people too so let me enjoy the beach in peace please.”
Swanepoel also shared photos of her in a swimsuit, proudly sporting a massive baby bump: “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.”
The Victoria’s Secret supermodel is also mother to 21-month-old Anacan.