For flaunting six-pack abs while pregnant with her first son, as well as baby #2, lingerie model Sarah Stage has been the subject of intense scrutiny. Stage is currently eight months pregnant pregnant and due in mid-October with another son. When the model stepped out earlier this week, on Tuesday, August 22, and then later took to Instagram to snap a shot of herself flaunting her six-pack baby bump in a white bikini, commenters jumped all over the soon-to-be mom of two, accusing her of using Photoshop.
In response, Stage posted another stunning, professional shot, writing, "There's no better gift than to have life growing inside of you! Our bodies are powerful and capable of much more than we can even understand sometimes. Pregnancy is such a beautiful yet vulnerable time for women and everyone should realize by now that we are all different and our differences should be respected as we are literally growing another human inside of us ! I speak for every expectant mama that we just want a healthy and happy baby, and we must surround ourselves with positivity!! I hope that each woman embraces their uniqueness and celebrates such an exciting moment in their life! Thank you @shannonlaurine for capturing this moment. #thirdtrimester #8monthspregnant"
Cheers to that! Way to tackle the tongue-wagging with class and such a positive, empowering message.
And just yesterday, Friday, August 25, Stage shared another image from a professional maternity shoot, in which the super-fit mom's holding her growing bump.
Addressing the criticism in an exclusive statement to Us Weekly, Stage's repAnthoni Allen said, "Sarah would never Photoshop any photo. She shares her images with her audience to embrace all different body types and her pregnancy. She's been shamed through both pregnancies. She's trying to put her journey out there to encourage others."