Stunning mother's photos go viral -- but netizens are riled up

23 January 2015 / 1 year 9 months ago

Source: Elite Daily 

British fitness blogger and mother Abby Pell is in hot water after posting a controversial photo to Instagram, which has some commenters accusing the super-ripped mother of fat shaming other moms.

The photo was originally posted to Instagram in February of last year, but it recently resurfaced after Pell won fourth place in a women’s bodybuilding competition, World Beauty Fitness & Fashion.

The photo itself isn’t particularly offensive: In it, the 33-year-old bares her six pack of abs, while her daughter, standing beside her, points to her mom’s toned stomach.

But it’s the caption, which reads, “I have a kid, a six pack and no excuse” that has people riled up.

One commenter wrote: "This is fat shaming, pure and simple. Exploiting your motherhood to show off is despicable and shameless."

Another agreed, "This is so demeaning— I bet she doesn’t have to work for a living."

Luckily, Pell is taking the controversy all in stride, though she did post a lengthy explanation on her Facebook page, claiming, I don’t want to make other women feel bad about themselves, I want them to look at me and think, if she can do it so can I.

In an interview with People magazine, she admitted, "On reflection, I can see why it caused a little controversy. I could have picked a different caption, true, but would I have reached as many people as I did?"

She continues, "My extreme transformation was a good advert for an underlying message that if you have a fitness goal, whatever it might be, being a mum won’t stop you from achieving it."

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