Model and self-professed “hot mama” Courtney Stodden, 27, is letting their fans in on an important message about self-love.
On Monday, Stodden, who uses they/them pronouns, took to Instagram to share an old photo of themselves on a balcony overlooking the sunset near a beach. In the image, they're seen leaning over a rail as a blue printed bikini accentuates their curvy body.
“Wishing I was here rn #bikiniseason,” they captioned the photo.
“IMPORTANT MESSAGE,” Stodden continued. “You don’t need anything other than a bathing suit to be a hot mama — you are beautiful the way you are. I have things about my body that make me insecure. Everyone does. I was gonna take out my rib but what the f*** for? To prove I’m NOT HUMAN? Ewww! Get that bathing suit on and live your best life!!!! ❤️ #positivevibes.”
The message resonated with many of their followers, including one who wrote: "I just love the kindness you exude in your posts! Cheers to women encouraging other women!”
“You are definitely a beautiful woman!!” a fan chimed in while another added, “You look fantastic!”
Stodden has been extra nostalgic this month leading up to the release of their anticipated memoir, which will chronicle their alleged abuse by ex-husband Dough Hutchison.
Stodden married Hutchison in 2011. At the time, he was 51 while Stodden was only 16. As she explained on the Call Her Daddy podcast, the former couple initially met via email. He later convinced their parents that they should get married just one week after meeting in person.
"You see yourself from every angle in the media and it completely shattered me," they recalled about being scrutinized during their marriage with Hutchison. "I wanted to be the woman everyone expected me to be."
The experience, however, has made her stronger.
"If it didn't happen, I feel like my whole outlook on life would be so different," she told Fox News earlier this month. "Experiences that are traumatizing can either break us or we can utilize them to shape us into a stronger individual. And that's really one of the main reasons why I'm speaking out, is because I want past victims and survivors to really tap into that part of themselves. We are so strong.”
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