A woman is crediting her journey to body positivity to her super-fit husband.
Jasmine “Jazzy” Owens shared a now-viral photo to Instagram showing her and her husband on the beach in their swimsuits, laughing and holding hands. In the caption, Owens explained how her husband, who was “born fit,” helped her appreciate “every curve and every stretch mark” on her body.
“Over the years this man has loved every curve, every roll, and every stretch mark on my body,” wrote Jazzy. “I never understood why! How could he love something that isn’t ‘perfect?'”
Jazzy told the Huffington Post that she had to work hard at having a positive body image.
“Over the years, my negative body image has held me back from enjoying life with my husband and kids, and I was finally fed up with hiding from the world,” Jazzy said.
Now, she has more than 90,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares body-positive photos and messages of support to others who may be struggling with accepting themselves.
Jazzy told PEOPLE that she still struggles sometimes.
“I am still not fully there. Some days, I have doubts, but I feel as though that is just negativity, and I’m trying to escape it. When I have these doubts, I simply look in the mirror and remind myself why I started this journey to love my body and tell myself, ‘You are beautiful!’”
In the photo shared to Instagram, Jazzy explained that seeing her husband’s love and appreciation for her looks has played a big part in her own image of herself.
“Every roll, every curve and every stretch mark is put on me just perfect to make both of us happy!!! I love my body and I finally see why he does too!!” wrote Jazzy.
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Over the years this man has loved every curve, every roll, and every stretch mark on my body. I never understood why! • How could he love something that isn't "perfect"? How could a man who was "born fit" love someone like me! I don't have a flat stomach, I jiggle when I walk, hell if I run up the stairs to fast my body claps (lmao)!! But now I see I do have the "perfect" body!! Every roll, every curve and every stretch mark is put on me just perfect to make both of us happy!!! I love my body and I finally see why he does too!! • • Photo credit: @ryanwmedia • • • #effyourbeautystandards #effyourbodystandards #everyoneisbeautiful #tummylove #youarebeautiful #aspiringmodel #aspiringplussizemodel #celebratemysize #curvysensedoll #confidence #lovemybody #lovemybelly #loveyourbody #selflove #summerbody #bikini #bikinibody #bodylove #bodypositive #bodypositivity #womenofallsizes #support #love #positive #plussize #positivity #plussizegang #positivevibes #youarebeautiful