A Houston fitness blogger took a bold stand again every critic who leaves comments on her pictures saying her muscular figure isn’t ‘feminine’, hitting back at them with a brilliant message about body acceptance.
Instagram star and mom Kelly Wells, 27, has documented her amazing body transformation after giving birth to her three-year-old son and beginning a fitness journey, amassing more than 800,000 followers and inspiring thousands with her wellness tips.
When her body positive account became looted with comments telling her she’s ‘looking too manly,’ that weightlifting isn’t feminine,’ or advising her against looking ‘bulky,’ she decided to post a message not to her haters, but to other women who may be targets of similarly sexist comments.
Strong is beautiful: Fitness blogger and mom Kelsey Wells shut down comments on her pictures saying her muscular figure isn’t ‘feminine’ with a message about body acceptance
Tell ’em: ‘The only thing a woman needs to do to be beautiful and feminine is to be herself,’ Kelsey wrote on the post that has more than 24,000 likes
‘The only thing a woman needs to do to be beautiful and feminine is to be herself,’ Kelsey wrote alongside three pictures of herself on the post that has more than 24,000 likes.
‘We empower ourselves when we are living our truth and doing what we are PASSIONATE about with our WHOLE HEARTS.’
The fit mom shared that was always a ‘girly girl’ growing up and was surprised when she found that she felt the ‘most beautiful’ when she’s ‘gross and sweaty in the gym’ and when she’s playing with her son.
Her post continued: ‘There is 100 per cent beauty and femininity in lifting weights. Just as there is in dancing. There is beauty in MOTHERHOOD. There is beauty in marriage. There is beauty in being a homemaker. There is beauty in being single. There is beauty in pursuing a career.
‘There is beauty in education, in learning both inside and outside of school. There is beauty in public speaking. There is beauty in private, sincere conversation.
‘There is beauty in writing and cooking and cleaning and singing and playing sports and playing instruments and anything and everything else you might enjoy, because simply there is SO MUCH BEAUTY in YOU, you just need to choose to see it.
‘And it has nothing to do with what you look like. So free yourself of the opinions of others and the beauty standards of society. Pay attention to the moments in life you FEEL beautiful. What are you doing? DO MORE OF THAT.’
Being herself: The fit mom shared that was always a ‘girly girl’ growing up and was surprised when she found that she felt the ‘most beautiful’ when she’s ‘gross and sweaty in the gym’
Inspiring: ‘Free yourself of the opinions of others and the beauty standards of society. Pay attention to the moments in life you FEEL beautiful,’ wrote Kelsey (pictured with son Anderson)
Wise girl: Last year Kelsey shared a post of her body transformation along with a message about the importance of not focusing just on the number on the scale
And this isn’t the first time Kayla shines some wisdom on her followers.
Last year she shared a post of her body transformation that showed her looking more in shape at 140lbs than she did at 120lbs, along with a message about the importance of not focusing just on the number on the scale, but on other things such as endurance, strength and overall wellbeing.
She wrote: ‘You guys. Please stop getting hung up on the number on the stupid scale! Please stop thinking your weight equals your progress, and for the love of everything please stop letting your weight have any effect whatsoever on your self esteem, like I used to.’
Kelsey embarked on a fitness journey after giving birth to her son Anderson three years ago, and said she discovered her passion. She’s now a personal trainer with expertise in post-natal training and says she hopes to help other new moms get their bodies back.
‘Taking care of a family makes it even more important to take care of yourself physically and mentally,’ she said.
‘That’s why you need to make your health a priority. I want ALL moms to feel amazing! To feel body confident and totally in love with themselves inside and out.