Kit Steinkellner
November 25, 2015 8:04 am

Mel Rymill’s self-empowerment revolution started, as so many self empowerment revolutions do, when she found herself on the receiving end of an ignorant comment from someone who just didn’t get it.

The offending party was a personal trainer, who, during her first meeting with Mel,  immediately made assumptions about Mel and her body.

“…the first thing she said to me was, ‘Obviously you want to get back to your pre-baby weight,'” Mel explained in a Facebook post she wrote about the incident. “It wasn’t a question, it was a statement. And it pissed. Me. Off.”

Mel corrected her trainer by explaining “My goal is to regain my core strength and endurance…I’m not worried by how my body looks, only how it functions…it can be pretty badass.”

But the experience stayed with her, and got her thinking.

Which is why Mel posted an unwashed hair, makeup-free selfie in her underwear, showing off her body, which she describes as “squishy and plentiful.”

“I’m not even sure I’m totally ok,” she admits in her post. “But I am strong. My body is healthy. Hell, I am badass as f—! Screw what society wants from me. This is what’s on offer.
Join me if you will ‪#‎badassundies‬”

And here’s the exciting and inspiring thing: people DID join her! As Mic reports, the photo has been shared over 4,000 times since Mel posted it earlier this month. And here are some of the ladies who took the thrilling challenge to bare it (almost) all in an effort to embrace all body types and celebrate self-love.

Mel was thrilled to see the response to her post and responded like a queen she is to her social media coronation.

Bow down.

Related reading:

This fitness guru photoshopped herself to prove a point about body shaming 

Why these body positive models are sharing their insecurities with the world

(Images via Facebook and Instagram)