Model Porsche Thomas was subjected to a barrage of insulting comments on social media when she posted a picture of herself sunbathing in a bikini while nine-months pregnant. In an unpalatable response to the holiday post, trolls criticized her body and the darkness of her skin, asking why her bump was “so dark.”
Her response was brilliant.
Posting a second picture of herself proudly showing off her bump, she captioned it, “While some of y’all been in my comments criticizing the blackness that is my belly and me during what shoulda been your holiday cheer, I been over here enjoying life, growing tiny humans, performing miracles and hopefully getting even blacker.”
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While some of y'all been in my comments criticizing the blackness that is my belly and me during what shoulda been your holiday cheer, I been over here enjoying life, growing tiny humans, performing miracles and hopefully getting even blacker 👊🏿#justsaying #melaninpoppin #twins #babybump #noairbrushneeded #love and be #loved 💕💙💕💙 🌚🌚🌚🌚
Speaking to BET, Thomas said she had been taken aback by the magnitude of the abuse for a post she had never even intended to be particularly “deep.” She nevertheless used the opportunity to draw attention to how white pregnancy bumps have been established as the norm within society, so that when we see a black baby bump it appears somehow “vulgar.” Surprisingly perhaps the bulk of negative comments her post received were from black people, an indication she said of the lack of “self love” within the black community and the tendency for people too often to turn against one another.
Asked what advice she would give to other young black girls facing online abuse she emphasized the need for women to embrace their own strength and beauty, and to celebrate rather than revile what makes people unique. “Everyone is different and that makes this world a beautiful place. I think knowing that gives you power. I love my Black skin … Haters are going to hate!” she said to BET.
Thomas has since given birth to healthy twin boys.