Canadian influencer pens powerful message to 'wear the clothes you love:' 'So needed'

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Sarah Nicole Landry is better known as
Sarah Nicole Landry is better known as "The Birds Papaya" online. (Photo via Instagram/thebirdspapaya)

Sarah Nicole Landry is opening up about normalizing natural bodies — stretch marks, body fat and all.

The Canadian influencer, also known as The Birds Papaya, took to Instagram on Sunday to share a body positive photo that encouraged her 2.2 million followers to "wear the clothes you love."

In the post, the mother-of-four put two photos side-by-side — one with her bikini bottoms covering her lower belly, and another where she folded down the bottoms to reveal her "mom pooch" laden with stretch marks.

"I know what your initial reaction may be. Because likely, it’s the same as mine. One is better. One is worse. One good. One bad. ⁣One flattering. One unflattering," Landry began in the caption. "And there begins the spin of our value being placed in one or the other. A good or a bad. A better or worse. A flattering or an unflattering."

"It creates a system that runs inside of us.⁣ One that isn’t disrupted by who we are, but by our own disguises and false beliefs," she continued. "One brings relief. One brings shame. One brings confidence. One rips it apart. ⁣One feels attractive. One feels unattractive."

The Guelph, Ont.-based content creator also explained that we need to disrupt the "system" that has us hating our bodies and begin to embrace our authentic selves.

"The system continues and continues, until you realize...⁣'loving your body isn’t about believing it looks good, but knowing it is good, regardless of how it looks' — beauty redefined. Wear the clothes you love. ⁣Rock them and your body in a way that feels right for you. ⁣But know that when they come off, you don’t go with them," Landry concluded.

Fans loved the body positive message and praised Landry for being so vulnerable and transparent on social media.

"Thanks to you I don’t have negative body thoughts nearly as often as I did before… both photos you posted are beautiful and inspire me to love every side and angle of myself, inside and outside. Thank you so much for vulnerability and for opening up on Instagram," a fan told Landry.

"This message is truly so important and so needed," said another. "It's true, why shouldn't we wear the clothes we love? Who's stopping us?"

"Love you and all your posts! You are a great inspiration for all women! Thank you for being so real on here, where there's so many Instagram accounts that are clearly fake," commented a follower.

"You’re constantly an inspiration for me as I go along my own body acceptance journey," wrote another.

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