A Florida mother and army veteran posted a revealing photo to Facebook after a body shaming incident in a gym changing room made headlines.
Last month, Christine Blackmon's husband snapped a photo of her while she playfully posed with very little clothing on. Blackmon — who goes by the Facebook alias Delicate Flower — let her husband keep the photo after he told her, "I think it's beautiful."
She didn't think much of that photo until last week, when 29-year-old Playboy Playmate Dani Mathers reportedly snapped a body shaming photo of a naked woman at a gym. Mathers issued an apology for posting the photo online. According to the BBC, the Los Angeles police are now investigating the incident.
This viral body shaming pic had a profound impact on Blackmon.
"It really upset me because I'm thirty pounds heavier than I normally am, and I'm struggling with my own body image right now because I'm coming back from knee surgery, I'm 42, and I'm trying to train for a marathon," Blackmon told TODAY.
Blackmon decided to share her candid photo on Facebook — in all its "lumpy, bumpy glory" — to empower all women to think positively about their bodies.
"You may have been a Playboy model, but not all of us work out to be 'hot,' some of us work out simply to honor the bodies we were given," Blackmon wrote on Facebook. "That's all that woman was trying to do and you violated her. Shame on you. I bet I could get 100s of women to post their beautiful bodies and regardless of size, shape or color, they will all be more beautiful than the ugliness you showed in that post."
As of Monday, Blackmon's post received over 25,000 Facebook likes and over 1,000 comments.
"I expected maybe a couple of hundred comments," Blackmon told Yahoo Beauty. "At first, when I saw the amount of shares, I thought, 'Oh my God, my bumpy butt is all over the place!' But once I saw everybody posting, I was so proud of them."