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Special Red

July 10, 2006

Here’s my belly/thighs, 2 years after childbirth, still riddled with lines
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Here’s a great one of wrinkles/excess skin, two years post-partum
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Another Belly shot, 2 years post-partum
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13 Responses to “Special Red”

  1. Abbie Says:
    July 12th, 2006 at 10:20 am

    You confidence is astounding! Excellent photos! I still haven’t gotten up the courage to put on a bikini since the birth of my last child. Kudos to you!:) Abbie

  2. Anonymous Says:
    July 12th, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    You look GREAT! I hope I look that trim at 2 years pp!

  3. Special Red Says:
    July 12th, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    Thank you both, very much. Abbie; it’s thanks to sites/groups like this that I feel comfortable enough to wear my bikini. I have 4 younger sister/sisters-in-law, two of which are 17 and 16. Both have had major stomach surgeries, one for ovarian cysts, and one for Crohn’s disease, leaving them with rather large and noticable scars. I strive to be a role model to them, in showing that every body is beautiful, “blemishes” included. They’re bodies are functional and now-healthy, and there should be NOTHING on them to be ashamed of. Hence, if I must put myself to the oft-harsh scrutiny of others in order to show them how beautiful they themselves are, with or without scars, I will. I hope, too, to reach other girls my age, who had children young. I remember not too long ago, when I felt completely insecure about my body because of my stretch marks. I would watch girls my age be able to prance around half dressed, without so much as a mark on their “virgin” skin, and feel ashamed of my own stretched and contorted hips and stomach. Now, I see girls in the same position I was in, and want to show them LOOK, we ALL have them. You’re beautiful. You have a fully-functioning, healthy body, that produced a fully-functioning healthy human being, and there is NOTHING about your body you should be ashamed of. I dunno, I just think society as a whole needs to see women like us, and see bodies like ours. We are shown images of Heidi Klum, 6 weeks after delivery and walking the VS runway fashion show looking tight and trim. That is not what most women look like. My husband is ecstatic about this project, as well. He was 350 lbs for the majority of his adolesence, and now bears stretch marks and saggy stomach. As a man, he had it easier. He remembers telling me how beautiful I was, how proud he was of me and my body for producing our child, and now he revels in the fact that this site is up, and people can finally realize that women are beautiful, even with the “disfigurements”, as society would have us believe, of childbirth.Anyhow, I thank you both for your kind words!

  4. Anonymous Says:
    July 12th, 2006 at 11:42 pm

    Special Red I also had my child young (19) and felt like you – It is great you are so in shape too! Thanks for sharing your empowering pictures!

  5. Tami Says:
    July 20th, 2006 at 6:45 am

    These are such beautiful pictures. I love the one on the beach in the sun with you laying down.

  6. DomesticOverlord Says:
    July 21st, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    You’re incredible, your inner beauty really radiates.

  7. Maritza Says:
    April 22nd, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    I think these are my favorite pics on this site. You have such attitide. Even as you’re baring your imperfections you KNOW you’re sexy. That sets these photos apart from most of the others I’ve seen.

    Great femme fatale pose in that last pic. Red, I have to tell you, I’ve always thought that certain parts of me needed surgucal enhancement but you have me rethinking that. If you can be imperfect and be utterly sexy and confident and beautiful, maybe I can too.

  8. elena Says:
    June 25th, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    Special Red,

    I am with you on showing young people that bodies don’t have to be a runway model style to be beautiful!

    I actually became very interested in nudism because I was desperate to see what a normal woman’s body really looked like.

    I think more of us need to be able to see real bodies of real women at all ages.

    It has certaintly assited me in learning to accept and love my own body!

    Thanks for sharing your beauty and attitude! :)

    Elena
    elenadahle.com

  9. fitnessman26 Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Not bad hun, you still look great!

  10. Jessyka Says:
    September 8th, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    OMG my body looks just like you’rs and I am one year post pardon…You have just given me so much confidence…if you can do it why can’t i?

  11. Ellie Says:
    November 18th, 2007 at 9:51 am

    I’m almost 3 months post partum and, other than more visible stretchmarks than you, we could be tummy twins I think!
    I’ve been feeling awful about myself, but you look stunning so maybe I’m not so bad?

  12. Melissa Says:
    January 21st, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I think its great to see someone with great confidence in their body. You look great!

  13. Margarita Says:
    March 18th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Im actually going on vacations this weekend and im struggling with what the hell am i gonna do with my body and a swimsuit. But your confidence has inspire me to do so with confidence too. You look wonderfull and showing your body with such confidence is beautiful! thanks alot! hugs to you!

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