Australian personal trainer Kayla Itsines has motivated millions of people to get in shape and feel good about themselves. Two months after giving birth to her first baby, followers are body-shaming the model for her postpartum body.
On Thursday Itsines, 28, posted a shot of herself wearing a sports bra and bicycle shorts, sharing her excitement for getting back into her workout routine.
"Having been cleared for LIGHT workouts for over a week now (by my doctor and physiotherapist), I'm starting to really feel like myself again and not just in a physical sense," wrote Itsines, who welcomed daughter Arna in April via C-section. "I am so motivated right now because for me, fitness is my self care, my time out and my PASSION. Being able to share my passion with YOU, the #BBGCommunity is helping me to get out of bed every morning (not forgetting my incredible family)!! #comeback."
Some weren’t wowed by Itsines's appearance.
"Is this really your postpartum tummy? If so, good for you. If not, please stop this and be real with your followers," wrote someone.
"I’m sure you’re naive enough to think this is a POSITIVE post, but its terrible for females who’ve just given birth because 98% of them can’t and won’t look like this. It's irresponsible of you and arrogant," another commented.
“I’m worried. You don’t look healthy. I hope you are ok and fine for your baby,” asserted someone.
“These kind of pictures are exactly the kind that makes women hate their bodies,” a person remarked.
But fans of the fitness queen stepped up.
“Kayla owes us absolutely nothing about her pregnancy journey,” wrote someone. “This is what she looks like post-baby. This IS her realistic image. It’s disgusting the way some of you choose to attack her as if her current body isn’t ‘bad’ enough to make you feel better.
“You look AMAZING,” encouraged a fan. “But seriously some of the negative comments on here are absolutely effing disgusting...”
“Postpartum inspiration,” declared a fan.
Last month, sharing two photos of herself before and after giving birth, Itsines confessed to feeling vulnerable. “Every woman's journey through life but especially pregnancy, birth and healing post-birth is unique," she wrote on Instagram. "While each journey has a common thread that connects us as women, our personal experience, our relationship with ourselves and our body will always be our own..”
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