'Not sexualized or shameful': Sophie Guidolin claps back at trolls slamming her for thong bikini in pic with son
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: On April 3, 2022, Sophie Guidolin, a well-known Australian fitness influencer, came under heavy attack for posting a picture in a thong bikini with her son on his 15th birthday. Although she had given enough explanations in the past, she still faces a lot of hate from some of her followers.
She was trolled for posting an “inappropriate” image, and using her son to feed her “burning addiction to attention.” However, as a response to the never-ending criticism, Sophie recently explained the reasons for posting the picture and why people are sexualizing her body on her Instagram stories.
The birthday post which was posted on April 3, initially had a one-line caption, Happy 15th Kai 😍👶🏼 #firstborn. However, the influencer then edited with an explanation for the picture and criticized the ones who are sexualizing a woman's body. She wrote, "WE LIVE IN THE GOLD COAST, a Australia. Where wearing a bikini to the beach is so beyond normal, that I didn’t even consider having to place a disclaimer on this photo. When kai woke up, I was in the pool and yes- in a bikini (as I am most days!!!) I wanted a photo straight away as he wanted to ride his bike and go out riding all day immediately. Do I have a problem wearing a bikini in front of my sons? NO WAY. Why? Because im not sexualised to him, nor have I ever been!!! If you have an issue, maybe you should look into why you feel you have to sexualize a woman’s body instead of it simply being a mum and her son at the pool!!!"
According to Daily Star, in a recent Instagram story, she explained the attack that has been continuing even now. The influencer stated, “Having a body is normal, having body parts is normal, it’s not sexualized, it’s nothing shameful, and it’s something I reiterate and drive home here with my boys,” Further, she explained, "So when they see me in a bikini, they don't think anything other than 'Hmm, mum's tanning, mum's going to the beach, going for a swim'. They don't see me and be like 'Oooh what a sexy bum you've got."
Sophie had explained on different occasions regarding the trolls and shaming she went through after the birthday post. She also posted a follow-up video with her son when the controversy heated up. She said, "Do the boys have an issue with me hugging them in a bikini? Not even slightly. Why? Because it is nothing more than their mum hugging them. Nothing more." She also added, "I WANT them to not be ashamed of a body. Or sexualise a woman who is perhaps wearing a bikini."
Sophie boasts more than five lakh followers on Instagram. She is a mother of four children and got recently engaged to her boyfriend, Andrew Firgaira in June 2022. Meanwhile, Sophie dated the ' Married at first sight' star, Jake Edwards, however, the relationship ended around May 2021.