Fitness blogger apologises for 'normalizing an unnatural beauty standard' as she removes breast implants
It's a tough world we live in. Everyone struggles with the pressures of everyday life, while simultaneously caring for others, keeping healthy, and trying to keep a positive self-image throughout it all.
Fitness coach and blogger, Maria Kang, is known for sharing her experiences surrounding these topics. Her social media presence includes posts that address juggling heath and fitness, as well as being a wife and mother.
Now, the mom of three is back in the news again, after revealing she had her breast implants removed because she felt they normalised unnatural body standards.
Earlier this week, Maria took to Facebook to post a lengthy, heartfelt apology. The caption states that a piece of her died the day she decided to get breast implants. After a long battle with eating disorders and her mental health, Maria decided implants were the right move for her.
But she soon came to regret them. She made the decision to remove them when they started causing her chest pressure, heart palpitations, and fatigue. But it took her a while to get there. Her Facebook post reads:
"While uncomfortable, it took years to remove them ... I became pregnant multiple times, built businesses and traveled often. Those are all Excuses, though. The truth is, I was still scared and insecure. I was stuck in the social media world, where fake physiques are rewarded, 'liked' and valued. I feared my husband’s opinion. I liked how I looked in clothes and swimsuits. I was vain. And I own that."
"I’m sorry for my presence - for unconsciously normalizing an unnatural body standard, not expressing my challenges with body image and not being strong enough to unfix this years ago. I hope my vulnerability will encourage you to love your body and to value spirits that love their bodies too."
Watch this interview with another woman who regrets her implants:
"I hope you know that all the filters, body altering apps, fillers and fake body parts will not make you more beautiful than you are right now. You are beautiful. You are enough. You are valued. You are prized," she concluded.