An Australian mom gave birth to three children in the space of 11 months and has opened up with an honest Instagram post about body image following her pregnancies.
Eliza Curby has a 19-month-old daughter, Charlie, and 8-month-old twin boys, Jack and Wolfe. On September 5th, she confidently posted a photo of her postpartum stomach along with a caption of empowerment. “Just because.. Because I’m not embarrassed of the scars my body now carries. Because I’m proud of what my body has done for me. Because many women feel the need to hide it.” She continued, “Because famous women post “look at my body just three weeks postpartum” and portray unrealistic images of what it means to be a mother. Because I feel beautiful in my own skin – even if there’s alotttt of it!’
Curby used her words via her Instagram to note that “beauty takes many forms” and other women “should also be proud.” She finished her post with, “This is me… because I love my body.” In fact, her post was inspired by fellow mother to twins, Beyonce, after she posted her iconic photo with her newborns. “After Beyoncé posted her postpartum body photo a few months back, something just didn’t sit right with me,” she said adding that celebrities often share unrealistic images of mothers’ bodies, which puts pressure on other women to meet these standards of beauty.
“And so came my post. Sure it’s not glamorous. But it’s real, and I meant what I said. I really am not embarrassed or ashamed, and I wanted other women to feel better about their post baby bodies if they don’t look like Kim Kardashian or Beyoncé or whoever else. I wanted to encourage women to accept and feel comfortable in their own skin.”
Feeling comfortable in her own skin, Curby hoped to reach out to others, to say she doesn’t care what other people think and hopes other women can get to the same level of comfort in their body’s that she has.
“I want other women to see a contrast to the constant bombardment of celebrities in magazines looking like they never had a baby just three days after birth,” she said. “I want to challenge other Instagram influencers who post photos flaunting their ‘one week postpartum body’ that looks flawless.”
Curby hopes that the way people present themselves on social media can influence others, especially by keeping it real – “Let’s keep realities real and make women feel good about themselves!”