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Being a mom is all kinds of rewarding. Ask any mama out there, and she’ll set you straight. But being a mom, especially one who’s recently given birth and whose body has dramatically changed, also comes with it’s own set of challenges. It’s a struggle to feel sexy, let alone make time for anything intimate when there’s a tiny human demanding all the attention.

But body-positive advocate and model Tess Holliday wants every single mom out there to know she’s damn fine, regardless of what she may feel about her post-pregnancy bod.

Tess made a note to self, a public one to her 1.4-million followers at that, reminding herself and mas everywhere that being sexy doesn’t require a flat stomach, lean legs and toned arms. “Gentle reminder to myself that as a mom, I deserve to feel sexy & desired,” Tess wrote. “Fat women & moms are robbed of our sexuality so I’m here to tell you to stop that sh-t.”

It’s a message that so many women need to hear, even if it’s easier said than done. But Tess’ words have resonated with her fans, and the praise for the model’s honesty are flooding in.

“Ugh thank you!! I’ve been struggling with this very thing lately! My little porkchop is 6 months and I love her dearly but I’ve been so hard on myself not being back to what I was before. You are a god send @tessholliday , thank you! 💕,” wrote @violet_and_lavender.

And others echoed that sentiment: “Great words to here at the moment @tessholliday thank you!! Since I’ve had my baby I feel like I lost myself into just being a new mom… I need to refocus,” wrote @evey760.

We made a perfect little human 👫💘💍👶🏼(my oldest perfect human not pictured obvs)

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Within 24-hours, the post has gained nearly 38,000 likes, and Tess has even been personally responding to some of her fans–especially those who aren’t handling their weight so well.

“I’m fortunate to have a partner that tells me I’m sexy often,” she wrote in response to one fan on Instagram. “Just remember this is all temporary, these icky feelings will go away. Just dig deep & hold your head high.”

Tess’ message of self love is so important, and one that every woman should get behind. Also, for moms struggling to love their body: stop and gaze at the adorable little person you’ve created. That’ll help, too.

Bowie: "Mom & Dad get a room!" 😝 😂 Ok no more bday photos promise 🙈🍒@nickhollidayco

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