After a woman gives birth to a child, her body needs time to heal.

And for a lot of new moms, they don't just “snap back” to their pre-baby body days after giving birth— not even if they are a Victoria Secret model.

Candice Swanepoel is one of Victoria Secret's most popular models. She is also a mother to two little boys.

Swanepoel welcomed her second son two weeks ago, on June 19:

On July 11, she took to Instagram to clap back at those who were shaming her for her post-baby body.

Candice Swanepoel/Instagram

She wrote:

This is me 12 days after having my son. If you have something bad to say about it… check yourself. Society can be so cruel to one another. Beauty standards are sometimes impossible for women these days. I’m not ashamed to show my postpartum tummy… I am actually proud. I carried my son for nine months in there. I think I’ve earned the right to have a little tummy. Is it because I’m a model? Well, we are normal people too, so let me enjoy the beach in peace please.

The model mom then shared another picture of her rocking a bikini while still pregnant with her second son.

Candice Swanepoel/Instagram

Swanepoel said:

I don’t have to hide my stomach just because people have unrealistic standards of women. We create life. What can you do? Ladies we are all in this together. Be kind to each other.

Many of her fans responded to her story and told the model not to listen to the haters.