The 'Hot Facebook Mom' Is Back—and She's Stirring Up More Controversy
byKaitlin StanfordMar 10, 2014
You might remember back in October, when mommy blogger Maria Kang made headlines for her rather infamous "fat shaming" post on Facebook. The viral photo featured Kang looking super fit and donning barely-there workout gear, while her three boys—all under the age of 3—surrounded her. Words above her head, which clearly were directed at fellow moms, read simply: "What's your excuse?"
And let's just say, that one little post drummed up a lot of emotions.
There were those who defended Kang, arguing that she was merely encouraging moms to work fitness into their daily lives, no matter how busy they may be. And then there were the legions of others who felt personally attacked by Kang's implications, as though she thought every mom out there without perfect abs was somehow just sitting at home on her butt, eating Snickers bars all day.
Oh, yes. It got pretty heated.
And now, like it or not, Kang is back to raising eyebrows again, with another in-your-face campaign. She's also using those three little accusatory words again: "What's your excuse?" This time, they sit over a clearly photo-shopped image of herself, while arrows point to various parts of her body, and point out what she, too, has to deal with on a daily basis—and yet still manages to look amazing!
Needless to say, this latest image has sparked quite the debate again. But Kang herself feels it's inspirational, above all else.
“I feel like all the backlash was worth it,” Kang told Yahoo! Shine of her first brush with controversy. “I feel like my original image and message sparked an international dialogue that woke people up and made them question their excuses. ... I strongly believe that health starts at home and that in order to raise a healthy child, you need to be a healthy parent.”
What do you think? Are you inspired or insulted by Kang's campaign?