This article originally appeared on People.com.
Jasmine “Jazzy” Owens has only recently accepted her body, but she says her super-fit husband has loved it for a long time.
“Over the years this man has loved every curve, every roll and every stretch mark on my body,” the body positive advocate, 25, posted on Instagram. “I never understood why.”
Owens couldn’t comprehend how her husband could so easily see past her perceived flaws.
“How could he love something that isn’t ‘perfect’?” she continued. “How could a man who was ‘born fit’ love someone like me? I don’t have a flat stomach, I jiggle when I walk. Hell, if I run up the stairs too fast my body claps!”
For Owens, learning to love her body was a gradual process.
“Trying to change my mindset on what the ‘perfect body’ looks like has been a big factor in my journey,” she tells PEOPLE. “I am still not fully there. Some days I have doubts, but I feel as though that is just negativity and I’m trying to escape it. When I have these doubts, I simply look in the mirror and remind myself why I started this journey to love my body, and tell myself ‘You are beautiful!’ ”
“Now I see I do have the ‘perfect’ body!” she said. “Every roll, every curve and every stretch mark is put on me just perfect to make both of us happy. I love my body and I finally see why he does too!”
Owens is happy her body positive post has resonated with so many people. Since positing it last week, her Instagram has received over 63,000 likes and thousands of supportive comments.
“Honestly my post going viral has come as a complete shock to me,” she says. “It’s very exciting and overwhelming at the same time. I am just very humbled that my story is not only reaching so many, but also inspiring others to love their bodies no matter what shape and size they are.”