Mom of six targeted by cruel trolls despite beautiful workout selfies
The world of Instagram can be a daunting and deflating place. While the past few years have seen body positivity boom on the photo-sharing app, it's also inundated with people living lives that are simply unattainable to the average person; whether it be being ripped, jet-setting on holidays or driving around in fancy cars. That said, however, there are those people who are both inspiring and relatable.
Sharny Kieser is one of these people.
The mom of six shares an Instagram account with her husband, Julius, and is known for her photos and captions describing the life of a mom who is trying her best to stay in shape. A large part of Sharny's appeal is her honesty, and the mom is known for her posting photos of herself where she proudly shows off the stretch marks on her tummy.
Of course, being a mother, having stretch marks - or a "mummy tummy" as she calls it - is completely natural, yet it is something we rarely see on social media.
But, while the majority of comments are of admiration and praise for the brave mom, unfortunately, Sharny does have to deal with a fair amount of trolls. Recently, she uploaded a photo onto her Facebook account in which she can be seen wearing a crop top and a pair of short shorts. Sadly, someone said that Sharny should've edited out her stretch marks.
Taking to their Instagram, Sharny's husband uploaded a photo that said "stretch marks are beautiful" and penned an emotional caption alongside the image:
"Last week, I posted a photo of Sharny with her tummy out and a young girl said “at least photoshop the disgusting stretch marks out."
"Here’s a new photo, where I’ve adjusted the light so you can see ONLY stretch marks. Enjoy, because I do. I think they’re beautiful. I think they symbolise the strength of a mother who brought 6 children into the world. Not just this mother, but EVERY mother.
"I believe that a body of a confident WOMAN (like this) is far more beautiful and sexy than the body of an insecure GIRL (what you normally see on social media).
"That’s not saying instagirls are ugly, they just lack life experience, they’re shallow. Not shallow like we normally say, but shallow in life, not yet interesting. But they will be, that’s a given.
"And I hope that when they DO earn their depth of character and maybe scars/stretch marks, they KNOW that they are not ugly or used, but beautiful and important and courageous. They are mums."
The post garnered a lot of attention, racking up over 1,000 likes and hundreds of comments, with one woman writing:
"I love how you have not opted to get them removed with a tummy tuck, you are showing young girls all over the reality of a female body and what you earn in return for carrying such blessings, these days everyone just assumes you go under the knife to fix everything! Ps you give me the confidence to show mine."
While the trolls may pop up from time-to-time, comments like the above show that Sharny is having a positive impact on the world, which is more than be said for the people that dish out online abuse.