In case you’ve been living under a rock, we live in a society that glorifies a certain type of physical aesthetic. It’s especially true for women, who are taught from a young age that thin, tall, and white are the requirements for beauty. You see it reflected on runway models and magazine covergirls, on television and film. But let’s get real: if the thin, tall, and white were truly the only “pretty” people, the world would be seriously boring. This next man agrees, and as such, he wrote a love letter to his curvy wife that’s got the internet cheering.

Robbie Tripp is a writer and activist based in San Francisco. He’s also husband to Sarah Tripp, a body-positive fashion and beauty blogger at Sassy Red Lipstick. A quick glance at Sarah’s blog will tell you she is all about “honoring her curves,” as she puts it, which is awesome. We definitely need more of this in the world. That said, we don’t often hear from the partners of notable curvy women, which is part of what prompted Robbie to pen this touching tribute to his wife.

See the Husband’s Love Letter to His Curvy Wife

“I love this woman and her curvy body,” Robbie’s now-viral Instagram post begins.

Robbie talks about how he was teased when he was younger for being attracted to thick girls. It’s not an exagerration, either. I recall being friends with lots of guys in my teen years and early twenties, and hearing many of them rag on friends because they dated a girl who was considered chubby or fat—basically not the “ideal” figure. Back then, I didn’t understand feminism enough to get that these guys were being ignorant, childish, and even naive for falling into the notion that women must look a certain way to be considered attractive.

|| I love this woman and her curvy body. As a teenager, I was often teased by my friends for my attraction to girls on the thicker side, ones who were shorter and curvier, girls that the average (basic) bro might refer to as "chubby" or even "fat." Then, as I became a man and started to educate myself on issues such as feminism and how the media marginalizes women by portraying a very narrow and very specific standard of beauty (thin, tall, lean) I realized how many men have bought into that lie. For me, there is nothing sexier than this woman right here: thick thighs, big booty, cute little side roll, etc. Her shape and size won't be the one featured on the cover of Cosmopolitan but it's the one featured in my life and in my heart. There's nothing sexier to me than a woman who is both curvy and confident; this gorgeous girl I married fills out every inch of her jeans and is still the most beautiful one in the room. Guys, rethink what society has told you that you should desire. A real woman is not a porn star or a bikini mannequin or a movie character. She's real. She has beautiful stretch marks on her hips and cute little dimples on her booty. Girls, don't ever fool yourself by thinking you have to fit a certain mold to be loved and appreciated. There is a guy out there who is going to celebrate you for exactly who you are, someone who will love you like I love my Sarah. || photo cred: @kaileehjudd

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“There’s nothing sexier to me than a woman who is both curvy and confident,” Robbie says about his own wife. Who wouldn’t want to read so much praise from their partner? I can only imagine how smitten Sarah must be with this man who clearly loves every part of her, body and mind.

Robbie’s post includes a message to men to step up and recognize that society shouldn’t dictate what you find beautiful. He’s also got a message for the ladies:

“Girls, don’t ever fool yourself by thinking you have to fit a certain mold to be loved and appreciated.”

He’s absolutely right. And while we don’t actually need the validation from a man, it’s nice to hear once in a while that a man recognizes how much society has wronged unconventionally beautiful women.

(Image: Instagram / @tripp)