08/06/2014 02:12 EDT | Updated 10/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Edmonton Mom Mocked Over Stretch Marks Gets Bikini Support (PHOTOS)

EDMONTON - About two dozen women pulled on bikinis in downtown Edmonton to support a mother who says she was mocked over her stretch marks.

Tanis Jex-Blake says she was tanning on a beach west of the city last week when three young people pointed at her stomach and called her — quote — "nasty" and "gross."

The mother of five later posted an open letter on Facebook describing how she's proud of her scars, not ashamed.

Her story has made news in several countries and other women have been proudly sending her photos of their imperfect bellies.

Some moms at the rally say they decided to show up wearing two-piece swimsuits for the first time in years.

Jex-Blake says she is happy for the encouragement and hopes people will learn that all bodies are beautiful.

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