Robyn Lawley, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model, Defends Pregnancy Stretch Marks in Topless Photo: “I Earned Them”

Lawley defended her stretch marks from pregnancy
Plus-sized Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Robyn Lawley defended her stretch marks in a topless photo she shared on Thursday, Oct. 22  John Lamparski/WireImage

Being bold. Plus-size Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Robyn Lawley shared a topless photo on Thursday, Oct. 22, in which she defended her stretch marks.

#tigerstripes #loveyourbodynow read about this photo via my FB link in bio and why it means so much to me ????????????

A photo posted by Robyn Lawley (@robynlawley1) on Oct 22, 2015 at 10:50am PDT

“Almost a year ago, an interview from a very honest — maybe too honest — conversation with a friend was manipulated and taken apart so heartlessly by a UK publication gossip page that at 7-months pregnant right after losing one of my closest relatives, read ‘Robyn considers abortion to avoid stretch marks,’” the Australian swimsuit model, 26, captioned the pic she shared on Facebook and Instagram. “I was shocked not only because that is not what I said, but… I earned my stretch marks. They are some badass #tigerstripes. F–k them, who cares, be you, be loud, be proud. And to anyone who feels bad about your body especially after a baby, you are a warrior, you created a little life inside of you, that’s no easy feat.”

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Lawley, who has walked in New York Fashion Week and appeared in Vogue Italia, became the first plus-size model to appear in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue back in February, posing for it during her first trimester of pregnancy.

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“I just died!!!” she tweeted after announcing the exciting news. “Official SI rookie coming in next hour!”

The beauty and her partner, Everest Schmidt, welcomed their daughter, Ripley, back in February.

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