You might remember Maria Kang as the fit mom who caused an uproar after posting a photo showing off her toned body (and three kids) under the question: What’s your excuse? Here’s a quick refresher:
Three years later, Kang is done with body shaming other moms. Now she wants to empower women. She lifted the veil and shared a series of unedited photos to her Instagram.
Kang doesn’t hide her (slight) stretch marks, and she owns up to the intense diet and fitness regimen she followed before taking the now infamous photo. In an interview with People, Kang explains how she thinks about her body differently:
I’ve gained 10 pounds since my “What’s Your Excuse” photo, and I’m not hiding from that fact. I want to empower others to step in front of the camera and be unapologetic, thankful, and proud of where they are today. Beauty is in our minds and is reflected in the eyes of the people who truly love you. It doesn’t matter if you are skinny, fit, overweight or obese, if you don’t live in gratitude, you will never see what you truly have and who you truly are.
We’re glad that Kang is spreading the message of embracing your body, no matter what. But she’s not exactly a body-positive role model: “Regardless if we have some cellulite, extra weight, extra skin or extra scars—be proud because we are constantly progressing, transforming, and aging!” Extra? We’re pretty sure they’re all just parts of your body.