For plus-size women — or really anyone who's ever received unwanted comments about their body — even just the act of finding a swimsuit that you're comfortable in can be a harrowing experience. Even more terrifying is actually going to a public pool or the beach, where your body is ultimately on display for complete strangers to see, judge, and maybe even comment on, should they have zero manners or human decency.

The latter is exactly what happened to Shelly Proebstel, otherwise known by her blogging moniker Bald and Beautiful. In a now-viral Facebook post, she recalled a recent experience of fielding some extremely offensive comments about her body, donned in a bikini, and offered up maybe the best clapback of all time.

Back in January, Shelly Proebstel took a trip to Mt Maunganui Beach in New Zealand.

And it looks like she had a hell of a lot of fun. Photos on her Bald and Beautiful Facebook page show her flaunting a striped bikini, running around in the sand, and having the time of her LIFE. But apparently her fun was cut short by a group of men who decided to make some choice comments about her body and her swimsuit.

After hearing some comments and laughs from nearby male beachgoers, Proebstel took to Facebook to share exactly why body-shaming behavior is not OK.

And she went OFF. I just hope her message actually gets across to the jerks in question, but either way, it'll make you feel a lot more powerful today. Her open letter begins,"To the guys who pointed and laughed when I took my sarong off today at Mt Maunganui Beach, bearing my soul (my bikini body) to the world, I just want to say (excuse my language but) F*** YOU!"

"It’s because of d***heads like you that people are so incredibly insecure about their body image," she wrote.

"t’s because of people like you that women especially don’t feel safe or confident or comfortable to go out in society in something like a bikini, or a crop top (they probably aren’t even called that anymore!) or a short dress, or with their midriff showing."

"It’s because of people like you that people starve themselves and make themselves sick in an attempt to maintain a ‘model-like figure,'" she continued.

She's nowhere near done yet. She goes on to say, "It’s because of people like you that people wear long-sleeves all year round because they are scared to show their arms. It’s because people like you that people become anorexic, obese, bulimic, self harm, commit suicide... I could go on..."

"No, you are not responsible for the entirety. But YES, you have to take some responsibility."

"So next time you see someone like me on the beach in a bikini or in a situation similar, before you laugh and point, take a moment to think about the damage you may just do," she concluded, "because not every person, young or old, male or female, will have learnt to have the thick skin, or the resilience, or the self confidence, that I do to brush it off."

"I won’t lie," she wrote, "there was a split second that I almost quickly covered up again, and then I reminded myself of all I have learnt on this journey, and I held my head high and stuck my belly out and wore that bikini with pride."

Lastly, Proebstel added: "Parents, I urge you to teach your children that there is no one body shape, but instead that there is a rainbow of beautiful bodies."

"I urge you to teach them not to stare directly at a bigger stomach than they might be accustomed to seeing on TV or in society, but instead, to look at a person's face and into their eyes," she wrote. "I urge you to teach them to be kind to all types of people, regardless of their outer appearance. I urge you to teach your children to accept people for exactly who they are on the inside. And I urge you to teach your children to be role models to those around them who aren’t being taught this, and to be the positive change we need to see in the world, so that in 5 or 10 or 20 years time, no more people are pointed at and laughed at by the way they look when they wear a bikini on the beach."

Her brave post now has more than 17,000 shares, almost 10,000 comments, and around 55,000 likes.

The internet is losing it over this post in the best way possible. Friends and followers in her comments section are writing amazing affirmations and thanking her for being brave enough to share what most others would definitely consider an embarrassing moment.

One commenter wrote, "Thank u for being so inspirational. The awesome thing is not only that you feel comfortable in ur own skin but also that someone who doesn’t embrace their non-barbie shaped curves would’ve seen u and felt encouraged to do the same. So beautiful x Thank u for posting." That pretty much sums up the sentiment across the board.

So naturally, Proebstel followed it up with even more bangin' vacation photos.

"Wow! What an overwhelming response there has been to my post about wearing my bikini on Mount Maunganui Beach!" she wrote in response to the widespread positive reaction to thenow-viral post. "It’s clear that this message and experience has struck a lot of people and that’s spread the message so far!"

"To all the haters — thank you, once again, for proving my point —  that the people in society and their inaccurate and assumptive judgements are what’s wrong with the world, and why so many people struggle with body image issues," she followed up regarding the few trolls the post attracted.

"To all the people who posted positive, supportive and inspiring comments — thank you for being the type of person we need in this world. Thank you for building those around you up and making this world a better place to live. To all of those who responded on my behalf to all the hateful comments, thank you for taking a stand against bullying. Thank you for making a difference in a world that is too quick to judge," she finished.

Moral of the story? You should be able to wear WHATEVER you want to the beach, and screw people who say otherwise.

photo: Ladylike

You might encounter a few trolls here and there, but pay no mind to others who secrete their sense of power by policing bodies that don't belong to them. As the reaction to Proebstel's post proves, there are good people out there who'll support you in your bikini-body mission (that is, to put a bikini on the body you already have and look excellent in it).