Australian model Robyn Lawley has taken to Instagram to show off her stretch marks – and rubbish claims she considered an abortion to avoid them. The 26-year-old posed in her pants for a selfie of her "bad ass" stretch marks in response to an article claiming she considered a termination because she didn't want to disfigure her model's physique.
Robyn gave birth to her first child – a daughter named Ripley – with partner Everest Schmidt in February.
When Robyn found out she was pregnant, she says she had a lot of factors to take into account when deciding to continue with the pregnancy, including the effect it may have on her career – she told Cosmopolitan in an interview when she was 7 months pregnant.
In answer to an unrelated question, she discussed the physical changes she'd already gone through. "Don't get me wrong, I'm covered in stretch marks already, but they're white now because they happened when I grew as a teenager. Post-baby, I want to be able to get back to work pretty quickly, and my worry is that if I do get them, they'll take time to fade to white from red. As a lingerie model, that's not ideal," she told the magazine.
She says her comments were later used for an article with the headline: "Robyn considers abortion to avoid stretch marks".
She says she received more than 500 abusive comments before the article was pulled. “I was shocked not only because that is not what I said, not to mention I already had a tonne of stretch marks like 90 per cent of the world, but to read that entire article and be already heavily pregnant, that's their angle?
“As for my stretch marks I knew they were coming and as they're fading into white ( like all my others) I thought I might capture them. Because they are some bad ass tiger stripes. And I earned them.
“We put an unbelievable amount of ridiculous time-consuming pressure on women to care so much about their flaws they forget how truly beautiful they (you) are today.
“F**k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud. And put your efforts into skills that rely more on your physical self.
“And to anyone who feels bad about your body especially after a baby, you are a warrior, you created a life inside of you, that's no easy feat.”