Love yourself first: 'bikini mum' coming to the Coast
THE 'bikini mum' who sent social media into a frenzy last year with her self confidence photo is coming to the Sunshine Coast.
Brisbane motivational speaker Julie Cross will visit Maroochydore on June 11.
The Queensland mum's Facebook post of herself in a bikini was liked by more than 120,000 people in less than a day in November last year. In total the inspirational post received 260,000 on Ms Cross' personal page.
The Sunshine Coast Daily's post on her story reached more than 2 million people at the time - a new record for an APN Facebook page.
She posted the picture after she walked past a group of young people in her bikini and heard the comment "I think she is over the bikini!".
The 46-year-old who describes herself as 'having child bearing hips and stretch marks on my tummy' then made the courageous decision to show she would not be intimidated.
Ms Cross has teamed up with Alli Grant and Rach Teirnan for a series of inspirational talks for women.
The inspirational entertainers who live to help people (especially women) comfortable with their real, raw, honest approach to telling it like it is.
The duo created their show, 'Make a Choice, Take a Chance, Be the Change', because they believe that now, more than ever, we all need to stop, breathe, take stock of our lives, and understand that we are powerful beyond measure and worthy of our wildest dreams.
The Sunshine Coast show will be at the Maroochy RSL on June 11.
Speaking with the Daily in the lead up to the event, Ms Cross said the 260,000 'likes' on her personal Facebook page on the bikini photo was a sad reflection of society.
She said the post evoked emotion from across the globe from those desperate to unleash their own confidence within themselves.
"For me it's all about empowering women to own our space, because until we can feel comfortable with ourselves and our physical space, we won't be aware of the spaces we work and live in.
"The conversations we have with ourselves will ultimately affect the ones we have with others.
"We have to love ourselves first, that's the breeding ground for confidence, resilience, courage and leadership in the rest of our lives.
"The best gift we can give to the sisterhood, to other women to our daughters, is to have more respect for ourselves and not get drawn into this game of comparing ourselves with others, because no one wins."
At the time of the bikini post last year, Ms Cross said she thought it was 'a little sad' that women continued to worry so much about how they looked, or how their bodies compared to other women.
As her recent life experience has taught her, there are far bigger issues in the world than cellulite, she says.
She said she did not believe her Facebook post was 'courageous' - a term she preferred to leave for people entering a burning building to save someone.
But she hoped her post would empower more women to be themselves - and to be comfortable in the skin they are in.
Thursday June 11th 2015
6pm for 6:30pm at Maroochy RSL, Memorial Avenue Maroochydore
$49 per adult ($450 for a group of 10)
$30 for a child (17 or under)