Nicole Henry takes on body shaming after Playboy model's post. (Facebook)
HEBRON, CT (WFSB) -
A Connecticut woman uploaded a viral response to the body-shaming and judgment of overweight women following last week's controversial story involving a Playboy model.
Nicole Henry, of Amston, said she grabbed her 15-year-old foster son and told them they were going shopping. She decided to buy herself a two-piece bathing suit and posted a picture of herself wearing it to her Facebook page.
"We went out, we went out to the store and I picked up a bathing suit," Henry said.
Henry said she made the post after a Playboy model took a photo of a naked woman in a gym locker room. Dani Mathers posted the controversial picture to Snapchat with the caption "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."
The post generated a lot of online backlash.
"It really got to me," Henry said. "I started thinking about how fat people, like me, get judged by some solely by our outward appearance, and that really bothered me."
"Yes, my body has rolls, and stretch marks, but my body is so much more than that," Henry said in the post that went viral.
Along with the picture, Henry wrote a long caption where she highlighted some of her impressive accomplishments. Henry said she built homes in Africa with Habitat for Humanity, is a volunteer for the Special Olympics and became a certified foster parent, among other achievements.
"My body is strong, it's powerful, and it's mine," she said. "I'm not asking you to think I'm beautiful, or to admire the things I have done. I am asking you to realize that there is more to a person than what their body looks like."
She posted her photo to Facebook with the hashtag #thisbodymaybefatbut to encourage others.
"I debated doing this, but while I was in the store looking for a bathing suit to wear, I heard a little girl tell her mom how badly she wanted to lose weight," Henry said. "I want people to know that it's OK to be fat and happy."
Henry's post has gone viral. It has garnered hundreds of comments and shares.While Henry said she's been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, she also quickly realized about people.
"How many people really genuinely don't like themselves," Henry said.
Henry said she has a message for everyone who sees her story and shares her post on social media.
"I just really want people to love themselves," Henry said.
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