A long time ago, in an America far, far away, people would celebrate women upon whom God bestows the gift of carrying new life, even if those women happened to be Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. In 2019, however, the rules have changed. Just ask Samantha Hoopes, who told Fox News in a lengthy interview about the hate mail she received just for announcing her pregnancy.
As noted by LifeNews, Hoopes announced her pregnancy this past April in an Instagram post that extolled the power of womanhood to bring forth new life into the world. “We are so happy to finally announce baby Palella arriving in August!” wrote Hoopes. “This journey so far has opened my eyes to how beautiful the woman’s body is! It’s truly incredible what nature can do and what love between two people can create.”
Though Hoopes received her share of positive responses, she also received a fair amount of hate messages from people who said they will stop following her as a result.
“I have people going into my DMs saying their goodbyes to me or that they’re leaving me forever because I’m pregnant,” Hoopes told Fox News. “This one kid wrote, ‘Wow, I followed you since I was 15 and now I’m 20. You’re pregnant now and I just wanted to say goodbye.’ Alright, goodbye, I don’t need you in my life anyway. But I am getting messages where it sounds like I’m dying or something because I’m pregnant. One wrote ‘It’s been fun these past five years. Goodbye.’ But again, you don’t need those type of people in your life.”
When Fox News asked how pregnancy has affected her modeling career, Hoopes expressed no regret and positively affirmed the female body’s power to carry a child for nine months and cultivate a whole human life.
“Really, pregnancy is so beautiful. You’re creating a baby. You’re creating a life,” she said. “You’re creating the next generation. We have the capability to do that and I’m just in awe of it all. Yes, I’m getting cellulite that I didn’t have before, but this is a beautiful moment in my life. And my bump has become my biggest accessory. I love showing off my bump in tight clothes because it’s so cute.”
Hoopes echoed her praise of femininity in an Instagram post that went out to all the haters in which she expressed feeling sexier than ever and how she has discovered a whole new respect for women.
“Never felt sexier than I do now. Creating a human has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my life,” she said. “From watching my stomach go from flat to round and cellulite that I never had before appear, I really could care less because I know that this is the process to becoming a mother!”
“Although I’m tired I feel strong and proud to be a woman and have a new respect for woman [sic] in general! We are warriors,” she continued. “Pregnancy only occurs in a woman’s life a few times God willing and it should be celebrated because we all wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for strong woman who went on this journey for you.”