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Ashlee Malleo, daughter of The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum Jacqueline Laurita, recently shared a photo of herself wearing lacy, black lingerie. "ASHLEEE! Oh my goodness ... I birthed that??" her proud mama wrote in the comments, adding two fire emoji. However, Ashlee later revealed that not all of her followers had such positive comments.
A couple of days after posting the snap, Ashlee returned to Instagram to share some thoughts. To caption a carrousel that included one photo of her picking up groceries, and another one of her in the lingerie, the New Jersey mama wrote: "Get you a Mom that can do both."
She continued: "A majority of you were very supportive of my post yesterday that was in collaboration with Frederick’s of Hollywood. For that, I just wanted to say THANK YOU! I just felt the need to speak up about something. A few of you commented things insinuating that I shouldn’t be posting photos 'like that' because I’m a Mom. There was also some body shaming, and some name calling. And the comments themselves didn’t really bother me, but it’s the mentality behind them that I felt I needed to respond to."
Ashlee added: "99% of the time my days consist of taking care [of] my son, our dog, cleaning, as well as other chores and errands like grocery shopping ... I usually have my hair in a pony tail or a bun, no makeup, rocking an oversized tshirt and vans. So if I feel like posting a photo of me rocking some gorgeous lingerie with my *tiddies* out once in a blue moon… I’m going to do it. Okay? If that makes you feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, that’s a YOU problem. Not a ME problem. Feel free to unfollow me, but don’t you dare try to shame me. Moms are still allowed to feel sexy. We’re even still allowed to showcase our bodies if we choose. We don’t need to lock ourselves (or our sexuality) away once we have a child. This body grew and birthed a f--king human being. Do you even understand how insanely magical that is??? I’m proud of it. I’ve learned to love and accept my body through all of its stages and weight fluctuations. Stretch marks and all —even though you can’t really see them in that photo. You are not going to make me feel less than by commenting something hateful, and I promise you it isn’t going to make you feel better either. So before you write a negative comment on someone’s photo, perhaps exfoliate your skin, set some life goals, and contemplate why you’ve reached this point. As for the rest of you? Be a Mom who can do both. Support a Mom who can do both."
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