"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
Thanks so much for your support @heyyallitsracheltaylor. You might recognise this beautiful face from @peoplemag @cosmo @littlethingsusa@ravishly @buzzfeed or @cnn a few weeks ago.
Rachel posted a selfie on the @oldnavy Facebook page dressed in one of their tshirts - and she looked amazing in it. She posted her photo to "share my story with Old Navy because I love my new top and appreciate them having cute clothes in all sizes," but the internet erupted, in a couple of ways.
Mostly people rallied around her in support for her inspirational confidence and "fierceness". But there was a small minority of faceless cyber commentators that felt it was necessary (even acceptable?) to take this inspiring story down a peg.
Rachel we are standing with you, just as you are standing with us. Posting a photo on social media is NEVER an invitation to criticise, ridicule or judge someone.
Even those of us that have carefully (albeit unintentional) curated galleries of niceties on social media have our own stories, and we often don't know what others are going through.
We're all real people with real stories, let's remind each other of that. Let's remind each other to be kind and to have empathy.
Let's keep building each other up, inspiring each other, and standing together. We'll all be stronger if we stand together.
Follow along or share your story on Facebook or Instagram. #beautifulwarriors
Six months ago we came up with a concept of "warriors" as a theme for a photoshoot for Sunbella because, let's be honest; you need to have courage to carry a parasol (regardless of how stylish it is) and it is essentially a shield that can prevent some skin cancer battles.