Jasmine Owens didn't know when she posted a sweet photo with her husband together on the beach to Instagram that it would cause such a fuss.
"I simply wanted to share a photo of me enjoying life freely without hiding my body," the 25-year-old told Cosmopolitan.com. "This was the first time I had ever wore a two-piece to the beach, let alone in front of my husband, and I felt the need to share the confidence I had in myself."
So, she says, it was a bit shocking at first to see negative comments on the post telling her she's promoting being physically unfit and shaming her for daring to be not a size 4 and wearing a bathing suit.
"I knew that there would be some but when I read that first very nasty negative comment it hit me pretty hard," Owens said.
However, she got over the hate pretty quickly.
She continued: "Now I take the negative responses with a grain of salt. I know that the people who are negative towards me are truly unhappy with themselves and cant help but to try to spread the unhappiness."
Thankfully, Owens shares that she received significantly more positive responses than negative.
"To have women and men tell me that I am a great influence on them and to have young girls message me and tell me I am their role model had brought me so much joy."
Owens, who has been married to her husband for six years, also has a message for couples who aren't the same size.
"[They should just] love each other for who they really are and don't let others talk down about [their] relationship. For me, I don't care, if my husband is ripped or has a "dad bod" I love him for the man that he is and I know he feels the same way."
Owens also has a message of self-love for all the people out there too afraid to go to the beach in a bathing suit.
"I just want everyone to know that no matter what type of body you have you are beautiful and if you don't see it yet I know there is someone out there that does," she said. "Don't give up on yourself."