Strangers mocked a mother’s stretch marks while she was sunbathing Tuesday at a beach in Edmonton, Canada.
Tanis Jex-Blake, 33, was wearing a bikini for the first time in 13 years after having five children. Her kids were playing nearby.
“All of a sudden I heard, ‘Oh my god, look at that, that’s f—ing nasty, that’s disgusting, look how gross that is,’” Jex-Blake told GlobalNews.
Jex-Blake said two men and a woman were pointing at her and pretending to kick her. She said she acted as if the comments did not hurt her, but later cried.
Instead of wallowing, she went public, posting a photo of her stomach along with a note to Facebook.
“I’m sorry if my first attempt at sun tanning in a bikini in public in 13 years ‘grossed you out,’” she wrote. “I can only hope that one day you’ll realize that my battle scars are something to be proud of, not ashamed of.”
The post went viral with almost 5,000 shares as of Saturday, and a repost by a local radio station garnered more than a quarter million shares and more than a million likes.