No one preaches body positivity quite like Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave.
In the wake of announcing her pregnancy, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star took to social media on Friday (Sept. 27) to share an empowering message — and slightly NSFW picture — with fans.
“When it comes to our bodies, we have a choice: to criticize them or embrace them,” Teddi wrote alongside a topless selfie showing off her growing baby bump. Bravo’s resident accountability coach poses in nothing but beige underwear and a pair of strappy, silver high heels. She covers her exposed chest with an arm.
In the lengthy post, Teddi gets vulnerable. She points out the flaws in her body before channeling her angst into a message of strength and beauty.
“I spent many years fixated on the stretch marks that run down my inner thighs,” she confessed, “or the loose skin on my arms I try to pose away in pics or how my face gets red and blotchy on days I am stressed or eat something that doesn’t agree with me. Well not today. Not now. I am loving the skin I am in and feeling damn proud about it. Proud to be unapologetically me; a woman who works hard and believes the best is always yet to come, for my mind, soul and yes, body.”
Ever since joining the 90210 ‘Wives in Season 8, Teddi has shared her self-love journey with Bravo’s cameras, detailing her struggles with weight throughout her twenties, the discrimination she faced after moving to LA to become an actress and the 80-pound weight loss that inspired her to start her fitness coaching and accountability program, All In by Teddi.
And while the newly pregnant RHOBH star received some criticism for her choice of footwear in the post, she wrapped up her message by challenging her followers to focus on the positive in their own bodies.
“So I ask you to declare it: what’s your favorite thing or something you’re learning to embrace about yourself?” Teddi asked her fans, sparking an empowering discussion in the comments sections of the post. Even Lisa Rinna got in on the good vibes, writing, “I loved my body pregnant!!!” in response to her cast mate’s challenge.
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