Actress Sarah Lahbati earned praises from netizens after she proudly showed off her stretch marks in new bikini photos she posted on Wednesday (January 26).
On Instagram, Sarah said she is tired of hiding her stretch marks, which has been her "biggest insecurity" since she became a mother.
"I’m not perfect. No one is. What’s funny is it took me a while to accept that," she said.
"To love me fully. To fully accept me. I’ve always been ready to give all of me for my loved ones but never poured that same cup to myself."
The actress said she came to realize that her stretch marks are her "best tattoos", a reminder that she is a strong and resilient woman who has survived tough times and who has given life to two "angels" — her sons Zion and Kai.
And with the love, support, and appreciation from her husband Richard Gutierrez, Sarah said that she couldn't ask for anything more.
"I’m grateful to be alive, to be loved, messy, and to be fully myself," she said.
"Wouldn’t have it any other way. Took a while for me to get here. But here I am. Proud."
Addressing her fellow women, the actress wrote: "This may sound dumb to you, but I just wanna let you know that you are enough and beautiful.
"Cheers to all of you, women."
The comments on the post were overwhelmingly positive, with fans praising Sarah for being candid about her self-image.
"You are more than enough. Thank you for this, Sarah. I love you," wrote actress and body positive advocate Iza Calzado.
Her husband Richard also reacted to the post, writing, "Proud of you, my love."
Sarah, 28, gave birth to Zion, her first child, in April 2013. She then welcomed her youngest son Kai with Richard in March 2018.
Recently, Sarah also drew praises after she flaunted her sexy physique in a revealing two-piece swimsuit in El Nido, Palawan. She is currently on the island with her family to celebrate her husband's birthday; the actor turned 38 last Friday, Janueary 21.