Rebekah Vardy has hit back after being criticised for sharing a picture of herself getting a cervical smear test – which some trolls said was too much information.
The wife of England footballer Jamie Vardy wanted to raise awareness of the importance of getting a smear, which can help detect abnormal cells on the cervix and stop the spread of cervical cancer.
Becky, who has four children – Megan and Taylor from her previous relationship, and Sofia and Finley with Jamie – shared the snap to her Instagram, captioning it: "I dread smear tests & I don’t even know why, so I wore my red jungle socks from @imacelebrity to my smear test today to remind me that if I can do a Bushtucker Trial and eat a sheep’s anus to win food, then I can certainly brave a smear test that could potentially be life saving and you can too!"
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Becky shared this shot of herself waiting for her smear
She added: "More than 3,200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in the UK, and nearly 900 die annually and yet 1 in 4 women skip cervical screening because of ‘embarrassment.’ Don’t be a statistic ladies – GO FOR YOUR SMEAR TEST."
The photo, which shows her legs spread and the white covers pulled up to her thighs, attracted nasty comments from people who thought Becky was "showing too much".
To one such remark, she sassily replied: "My thighs, knees and feet… The Victoria era called and they want you back home ASAP."
But others were disappointed with Becky.
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Rebekah hit back when people criticised the candid shot
One wrote: "The day you make a post about your smear test (with legs open no less) is the day I unfollow. Really, hon, there are more effective ways to promote smear tests in prevention of cervical cancer.
"I’m not sure that open legs really achieves that. And regardless, some thing are best left private. Maybe you should think about encouraging other women without opening your legs and taking a pic of it. Really."
But Becky refused to back down, telling her critic: "Are you for real? Please read the stories that women have shared with one another on this post. If you are offended by my slightly parted knees, red socks and smear test advice then definitely unfollow as you are the kind of follower I could do without."
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Earlier this month, Michelle Keegan snapped pictures of her own smear
Her snap comes after Michelle Keegan live-blogged her own smear test earlier this month.
The Our Girl actress also wanted to raise awareness and admitted she’d been putting off making an appointment for too long.
While she stopped short of filming in the doctor’s room, she shared a snap on the medical bed captioned: “Here we go.”
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