Thirty five-year-old Taryn Brumfitt, on a global “quest to redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty,” has been getting a lot of attention for her response to a viral photo that asked mothers “What’s your excuse?” for not being toned after childbirth.
The original photo belongs to fit mom Maria Kang, and features a toned Kang in a sports bra with her three young children. Brumfitt, who is also a mother of three children, said in a blog post, that her “excuse” is the desire to live a well-balanced life. “I’ve had the (near) perfect body and it’s not all it’s cracked up to be,” she wrote.
After giving birth, Brumfitt experienced the common desire to get her pre-baby body back, even going so far as to sign up for plastic surgery. But at the last minute, Brumfitt had “an epiphany,” she writes on her site. “If I go through with this, what am I saying to my daughter about body image? How will I teach her to love her body?”