If you've had time to peruse social media this week in between the chaos of the summer holidays in the dreaded Kent rain you may have seen Stacey Solomon's video from her holiday in Cyprus poking fun at her own body in a bikini.
The last time I checked it had almost eight million views.
This is what she wrote...
Stacey performing at Leeds Castle
SHOUT OUT TO EVERYONE ON HOLIDAY WORRYING ABOUT HOW THEY LOOK! You're all perfectly imperfect and unique and beautiful. I thought I'd make a little holiday video celebrating my society labelled "imperfections" because actually I love them, they're part of me, and they have their uses! I think if we can all show off our insecurities then we will all start realising NOBODY escapes the world of perfection that we are all under pressure to keep up with and everyone can sleep a little easier at night knowing everyone comes in different shapes sizes etc etc and we all have the same extra ordinary bits that are seen as "imperfections" but they're not they all tell a story of who we are and why we are and where we are going! www.facebook.com/staceysolomon
Check out the video here
In the video the singer and media personality shows us her 'insulating muffin top', her
'saggy boobies' and her stretch marks that she says provide hours of entertainment for her two children!
As with everything available online – she's been criticised as well as praised.
One journalist wrote that Stacey made her feel WORSE about her own mum-body,
because it was pointing out flaws that should be the norm. But I disagree.
In an age where we're flooded with images of the 'perfect' post-baby body (usually majorly airbrushed and edited), it's refreshing for women (and men) to see a woman with a normal body who isn't hiding under a huge kimono on holiday with her children.
A few years ago I met Stacey at a concert in Kent I was working at. She was so down to earth and just requested jacket potato with beans and cheese from the catering truck.
Unlike another female celebrity who refused to go on stage until her specific food requirements had been shipped in!!
'I expect my muffin top will be out of control after all the cake I've eaten in this pregnancy'
In a few weeks I'll be faced with my own post-baby body. My tummy will be like a deflated balloon, my boobs will be bigger than my head and I expect my muffin top will be out of control after all the cake I've eaten in this pregnancy.
Yes I want to get back in shape at some point – simply so I have the energy to run around after two kids - but I'm going to try really hard and embrace Stacey's message that my body will be NORMAL after giving birth to two children and getting a washboard stomach will not be my priority.