Who is Torah Bright? Olympian calls backlash over ‘insane’ breastfeeding pic sad: 'We all do it differently'
Australian Olympian Torah Bright has responded to trolls who attacked her for a picture that she posted of herself and her son on Instagram. In the picture, a topless Bright is seen doing a headstand, while her young son is seen breastfeeding at the same time. The picture after it was posted was called "insane" by many on social media.
Snowboarder Bright, 34, was the Australian flag bearer at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and won a gold medal.
Bright had shared the picture on May 16, Sunday; it was not the only picture that was posted. She had shared other pictures from what looked like family time at the beach. The caption for these pictures read, "Becoming a mother has unleashed something inside of me.💖It’s deeply spiritual.
💖It’s primal. 💖It’s raw. 💖it’s fierce. 💖It is pure.💖I am mother. My prayer for all mothers, now and in the future is that they be heard. Honoured. Respected and encouraged to trust their intuition."
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Who is Torah Bright?
This post was something that marked Bright's first mother's Day after the birth of her 10-month-old son Flow. Many users, however, did not take the picture of her son suckling lightly and trolled the mother. One user commented how the baby "latched on for likes."
Another user questioned if this picture really had to be shared and wrote, "I just don't get the need to seek attention and post photos of everything you do. I just don't get it."
Another user commented on the post and said, "My first question is - why?? Sure I get it's natural & a beautiful thing - but I don't post my first bowel movement of the day standing on 1 leg. Same thing?"
However, not all the comments were negative. Some even congratulated her and appreciated the post.
"How long did you manage to hold that position in photo 4?" one fan asked.
"Haha just long enough!" Bright replied.
Bright also responded to the negative comments, saying reading them "made her sad".
She wrote on her Instagram story, "In my world, mothers should be each other’s cheer leaders (it’s hard enough). Embrace our quirkiness and finding the joy in every sh***y thing that is motherhood," and added, "We all do it differently. It is not wrong or right. Motherhood is pure. I only now consider myself a Wonder Woman because I have joined the sacred MOTHERS club with you. Nothing but respect to all mothers."
She also made it clear to her follower that what she was not looking for attention and instead explained that she "walks this earth to the beat of my own drum, led by my nutrition and search for love and joy … obviously."
She also cited a Mary Poppins quote and said, "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap, the job's a game."
Bright shares Flow with her husband and fellow snowboarder Angus Thomson.