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Moms hold bikini rally after woman mocked for stretch marks

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A group of bikini-wearing moms showed their support for Tanis Jex-Blake. CTV/CNN image A group of bikini-wearing moms showed their support for Tanis Jex-Blake. CTV/CNN image
Tanis Jex-Blake was ridiculed when she wore her bikini to the beach. Tanis Jex-Blake Facebook photo Tanis Jex-Blake was ridiculed when she wore her bikini to the beach. Tanis Jex-Blake Facebook photo

The story of an Canadian mother of five who was ridiculed when she wore her bikini to the beach has struck a nerve with other moms.

On Wednesday, those mothers put on their bikinis and brought handmade signs for a demonstration to show their support for mocked mom Tanis Jex-Blake.

The women thought that holding the rally would send a positive message about body image.

"We have strength in numbers so that's what we thought that moms are gonna feel way more comfortable if we get together and do it, so that's why we did it this way," said Kristin Heimbecker who helped organize the rally.

Tanis Jex-Blake was recently taunted about her stretchmarks while sunbathing at an Edmondton, Canada area beach. In response, she wrote an open letter to the bullies who made fun of her and posted it on her Facebook page. The letter went viral.

Related: Bikini-clad mom of 5 writes viral letter to bullies who mocked her stretch marks

Jex-Blake attended Wednesday's rally and also wore her bikini.

"I don't know any of these people but they've all come out to show their support and they're all rocking their bikinis I love it," she told CTV Network.

Jex-Blake thinks other moms can relate to the humiliation she felt when she was ridiculed.

"I think every mom out there is kind of afraid that their turn will come that somebody will be scowling at them whether it's breast feeding in public or showing skin or anything like that," she said.

"We really want people to realize that they should be loving their body for what it can do rather than how it looks cause our bodies are amazing, they grow babies we run marathons we do all these amazing things and all we care about it is how it looks."

Information from a CTV/CNN report was included in this article.

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