Special Forces soldier, UFC fighter calls out childless “fitness models”

Tim Kennedy says he's not impressed by "fitness models" such as Sommer Ray (right) who has racked up almost 25 million Instagram followers. (YouTube/Instagram)

More and more women are starting to idolize women who have had success as “models” or “influencers” over those who have chosen to be mothers or homemakers.

A staggering 39 percent of women of all ages have already attempted to become social media influencers, according to a survey.

In 2019, “Social media star” even became the fourth-most popular career aspiration for kids. 

So what happened to women wanting to be a being a mom?

According to Pew Research Center, in 1970, 48% of children had a mother who stayed at home but by 2012, that number dropped to 20%.

But drastic change is not due to women preferring working over staying home to raise their children, according to the Washington Post.

“Much of the time, mothers work because they have to work,” the Post reported in 2016. “One middle-class income can no longer support most households, and culture has shifted away from the rigid gender roles of generations past.”

For the first time, the number of stay-at-home moms has started to increase, but still not because it is their preferred choice.

In 2023, 25% of moms were stay-at-home compared to only 15% in 2022.

But mothers have not found a new love for washing clothes or loading the dishwasher numerous times a day; they just can’t afford not to or don’t trust their options for others watching their kids.

One in five moms say they are not satisfied with the child-care options, and 69% say it’s too expensive, according to the 2023 State of Motherhood report.

Considering the numerous sacrifices it takes to be a mother in the United States, which has one of the most advanced economies that doesn’t guarantee any paid parental leave, it’s no surprise many women are not jumping at the chance to be mothers.

27-year-old “fitness model, Sommer Ray has almost 25 million followers but no children and even says she envies her friends with children.

Since her success as an “influencer” comes from the pictures of her body she posts online, it’s doubtful she’ll take a hiatus to become a mother any time soon.

“I always want a baby after I hangout with my friends that have the cutest kids,” she wrote in 2022.

This week, a Special Forces soldier and former UFC fighter said hardworking mothers should be who women strive to be.

“You are the badass that we all strive to be,” Tim Kennedy wrote on Twitter/X.

Kennedy stated he is not impressed by the “fitness models” who earn their living by just posing for photos.

“I’m NOT impressed with a 24-year-old fitness models in spandex and a sports bra,” he wrote.

“You want to impress me…give me a mom that has to work out at the ass crack of dawn, during their lunch break, or after the kids go out to bed,” he added. “To all you women out there doing the work… you matter and we see you.”

Tim Kennedy (left) poses with a group of working mothers after completing a workout. Source: @TimKennedyMMA/Twitter/X

But are they really being seen by everyone? Surveys show that young women are significantly influenced by what they see.

According to Reboot, 70 percent of teen girls said influencers were “very” or “moderately” important in shaping their views on beauty, fashion, lifestyles, and careers.

While Kennedy sees them and so does his large audience, maybe more need to start smashing the like button for the mothers over these so-called “models.”

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