A Wisconsin wife has opened up about how Internet trolls tried to drag her down for being married to ‘Mr. Six-Pack’.
Wedding photographer Jenna Kutcher, who describes herself as ‘curvy’, has posted several photos on Instagram with her husband, Drew.
She said she’s received many direct messages before shaming her body but that one, in particular, was someone saying ‘they couldn’t believe [she] had managed to land a guy as good looking’ as Drew.
Jenna told Yahoo Lifestyle that the message shook her confidence and brought up past insecurities, but she decided to combat them instead of letting them fester.
In reply, Jenna posted a photo on Instagram on Wednesday of her and her husband walking on a beach in Hawaii, both dressed in swimsuits.
She captioned the photo: ‘Part of my insecurity with my body has stemmed from being married to Mr. Six-Pack himself. Why should I, a curvy girl, get him? I feel unworthy, and when I write narratives in my head that because I am not thin, I don’t deserve him.
Jenna continues: ‘This man has embraced every curve, every dimple, pound, and pimple for the last ten years and has always reminded me that I’m beautiful even when my inner dialogue doesn’t match (and when I haven’t showered in days.).
‘So yes, my thighs kiss, my arms are big, and my bum is bumpy but there is just more of me for him to love and I chose the man that could handle all that (and so much more!).’
As of Sunday afternoon, the post has received more than 40,000 likes and more than 2,000 comments.
The majority of the comments were supportive and positive, feeling Jenna overwhelmed with appreciation.
One user wrote: ‘My God, you’re gorgeous. He’s lucky to have you. He’s in good shape, so good for him too, but I’m sure he knows (hopefully) what he’s got. Good luck, you two. Cherish what you have.’
‘Such a beautiful couple! How love makes a difference and all I see is beauty between two people,’ another commented.
Jenna has opened up on social media before, about body confidence, about leaving her former job to pursue photography, and about two miscarriages and her struggle with Drew to conceive.
‘I’ve struggled my whole life to love my body, something that started when I was a gymnast at a young age,’ she told Yahoo Lifestyle.
‘I think deep down, as women, our biggest fear is that we aren’t enough, that our bodies are broken, and after walking through two losses, I was really struggling to “come home” to my body.’
She said that sometimes she struggles because the narrative in her head will tell her that her husband deserves to be with ‘someone better looking’.
Jenna said that while Drew has played a large role in boosting her confidence, she’s often had to find it within herself.
‘I think that he helps me, he sees me beautiful on the days when I don’t shower or change out of my high school sweatpants, which, let’s be honest, is most days. And he reminds me of my worth and beauty,’ she told the website.
‘But beyond that, I’ve had to really find that within. I don’t think it’s safe or healthy to rely on someone else for acceptance and so, as I’ve grown my empire of a business, I’ve had to learn how to put myself first so that I can pour into others.’
Jenna says that she and her husband do a great deal of exercising together, including fitness and yoga, and that even when she sees photos of herself that she wants to delete because of ‘unattractive features’, her husband reminds her of her beauty.
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