Canadian influencer reminds women they can still be 'fragile' and 'rocking a bikini'

Sarah Nicole Landry is celebrating 'showing up' for her body. (Image via Instagram/thebirdspapaya)
Sarah Nicole Landry is celebrating 'showing up' for life. (Image via Instagram/thebirdspapaya)

Sarah Nicole Landry is celebrating her commitment to "show up" for her life — even when she's not feeling her best or most confident.

The Canadian influencer, also known as "The Birds Papaya," took to Instagram this week to share a video of herself in a lime green $143 two-piece swimsuit by Londre with her more than 2.1 million followers.

The mother-of-four paired the video with a message to followers, revealing why she continues to celebrate and express gratitude for her body that's carried her through so much, including a recent bout with COVID-19.

"One year postpartum, recovering from [COVID]," she wrote, paired with a virus emoji. "Truly feeling all the things about myself and body, yet I am here and I will keep showing up in every bit of life that I can."

"AKA, you don’t have to love the way your body looks to love the way your body shows up for you," she continued. "You don’t have to do the most to be doing your most, you can be self-esteem-fragile and still rocking a bikini. "Life is many things. All at once."

The Guelph, Ont.-based content creator's post was met with fast praise from fans for sharing such an important message.

"Here you are, showing up, giving us guidance," one Instagram user wrote. "Are you an angel sent from above?"

"Thank you so much for sharing this!" another person commented. "Women really need to stop hiding their bodies so much after having kids, because then new moms think they're supposed to be ashamed of their postpartum bodies, or like they're not where they should be in terms of 'bouncing back.' So thank you for normalizing this! You're beautiful!"

"I cannot describe how wonderful it is opening Instagram and seeing a body that looks like mine after nearly an entire lifetime of seeing bodies that didn't look like mine and being told that those were the bodies that were beautiful," another wrote.

"Here for this energy," someone else replied.

"This message. Thank you for always showing up for yourself. Helps us to show up for ourselves!" added another.

In February, the "Papaya Podcast" host shared a photo with fans, urging people to remember that sometimes looking like you've "let yourself go" means you've set yourself free.

"I find it funny how the phrase 'let yourself go' is a message or insult used on a person who has changed," she penned. "I have changed a lot. I’ve heard the phrase more times than I can count. Mostly? When I stopped losing weight."

"Nobody said I 'let myself go' when I would skip meals, exercise three times a day, or began to lose feeling in my legs. But when I simply gained weight or changed - it was a daily thrashing from my old diet culture buddies. I had 'let myself go,'" she continued. "And that couldn’t have been further from the truth."

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