An Arizona woman is fighting back against people who criticized her Instagram photo.
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Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Instagram photo of moms showing off postpartum bodies attracts 'haters and trolls'

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And as far as Bethanie Garcia is concerned, let the haters hate. She is perfectly comfortable in her body.

Garcia, of Gilbert, Arizona, posted a celebratory photo of herself and three friends who had also recently given birth in an Instagram post after the four women became friends online, KNXV reported.

"We received over 2,000+ messages and comments filled with hate," Garcia told the television station.

“Posts like this bother me. Not losing the weight is a choice,” one person wrote.

“Photos like this tear women apart,”⠀another poster wrote.

“Is this an advertisement for why women should get tummy tucks?”was another comment left on Garcia’s Instagram post.⠀

Garcia said she and her friends are ignoring the “haters and trolls,” adding she has also received plenty of positive feedback.

“It’s a shame that the point has been completely missed by some of the people that have taken time out of their day to comment,” Garcia wrote on Instagram. “The point being: the four of us have been friends online for a long time and finally met IRL and took a last minute photo together...of our different postpartum body types … to show that all body types are beautiful.”

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“Is this an advertisement for why women should get tummy tucks?”⠀ ⠀ “Why aren’t there any fit women in this photo? Not every postpartum body is fat and loose.”⠀ ⠀ “Why has society made it ok to bash women who bounce back yet glorify women who can’t lose weight?”⠀ ⠀ “How about dieting?”⠀ ⠀ “Posts like this bother me. Not losing the weight is a choice.”⠀ ⠀ “I’m a mother of 4 but I’m also a smokin’ hot wife because that’s my duty. No way I’d be happy or settle to look like this.”⠀ ⠀ “Photos like this tear women apart.”⠀ ⠀ “So, you’re saying that skinny women don’t have real bodies?”⠀ ⠀ Just a small sample of the comments we’ve received over the past few days since our original post went live. It’s a shame that the point has been completely missed by some of the people that have taken time out of their day to comment. (The point being: the four of us have been friends online for a long time and finally met IRL and took a last minute photo together...of our different postpartum body types...to show that all body types are beautiful.)⠀ ⠀ If you look at this photo and your first thought is “why are there no skinny women”, you have bigger issues to deal with, my friend. You can look literally anywhere: film, TV, Instagram, magazines, video games and see skinny women. Other body types are absolutely underrepresented in media and it causes women with those body types to feel less than... to feel like they’re not good enough.⠀ ⠀ I want to encourage anyone who felt the need to leave any of the above comments to dig deeper, self-reflect, gain some perspective, learn. Your comment says WAY fucking more about you than it does about us.⠀ ⠀ Be better.

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