Even new moms are not spared from social media’s body-shaming culture.
The latest target was Kylie Padilla.
She had to turn off the comments for her post-workout selfie last September 21, because some netizens brazenly pointed out her post-natal bulges.
The actress, who gave birth on August 5, 2017, didn’t actually want to make an issue out of it.
But she decided to post a message for moms and ladies who, just like her, got bashed for their weight.
She wrote, “I really didn't want to make this a big deal because honestly, it isn’t.
“But I wanted to have my say before I go ‘lose this baby weight and be the society’s definition of sexy’ again.”
The daughter of Robin Padilla weighed 115 pounds before she gave birth.
She continued, “I recently experienced some body shaming on my last post at the gym, and I didn't really get my feelings hurt, but I had this thought, ‘People know I just gave birth, right?
“Still, comments kept coming in about how fat I was. And guess what, yes, I am fat. I am overweight.”
Though she aims to shed the extra weight, she actually likes her curvaceous body.
“Whatever these things people tell me that is supposed to make me feel guilty or bad. Fine, but the thing is I have never felt so confident, so happy and so in love with my body. Stretch marks and all.”
Stretch marks appear on the tummy and thighs of about “70 percent” pregnant women.
Last July, Kylie posted a photo of her tummy, and didn’t edit out the stretch marks.
The 24-year-old star revealed why she finds her curvaceous body refreshing.
“Before having a baby, I had a body that was hungry, a body I treated so badly that I got used to being depressed only because I was starving.
“A body I was disappointed with, no matter how thin and tired I was, I still was not happy because I let society tell me my body was not ‘perfect.’
“So even after carrying a baby for 9 months and giving birth to a new life, I still fall under 'fat' or 'curvy' or whatever label people want to give me then so be it. I'm happy to be there.
“No label or opinion is going to stop me from being proud of myself that first I am now a mother and two, that finally I can choose to be happy no matter how imperfect people or culture says I am. Something that I could never do before."
So instead of sulking and getting depressed about her being overweight, Kylie remarked, “And I have more priorities to prioritize lol.
“First and foremost, a baby that needs his constant supply of milk and a body that needs to recover, heal, and be nourished, with food and exercise.
"And oh, a man that actually enjoys this curvy body.
“I seem to like it, too, I feel so womanly and cushiony haha lol kulang pa nga e feeling ko mas masaya baby ko kung mas malaki pa ako.
“Anyway so there.”
She ended her message with this post script.
“P.S. There is no sin in being confident no matter what size, shape, color even race you are. Don't let people shame you. Ok, I have said my piece so peace bye!”