With so many celebrities looking fit and stretch mark-free after giving birth, it’shard not to feel the pressure to shed the baby weight. But she encourages new mothers to embrace their post-baby appearance, having written the following in a magazine article.
“I believe in a world where mothers are not expected to shed any physical evidence of their child-bearing experience. In that same world I believe there is space for exercise to be as much a gift to your brain as it is your body. I don’t want to waste my time striving for some subjective definition of perfection… The truth is, I’m a mother, and I look like one.”
Whether it’s on the red carpet or in interviews, J-Law is outspoken about her love of food and her disapproval of Hollywood weight standards. Known for refusing to lose weight for film roles, she’s a great role model for a healthy body image.
“In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress. I eat like a caveman. I’ll be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumours! I’m never going to starve myself for a part… I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss so I’m going to skip dinner’... My aim is to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.”
When she isn’t starring in films, graduating from an Ivy League University, promoting gender equality as the spokesperson for the HeforShe campaign and the UN Goodwill Ambassador for women, or being recognised as a style icon, she’s empowering women to love their bodies.
“I’ve accepted my body shape more as I’ve got older. I went through a stage of wanting to have that straight-up-and-down model look, but I have hips, and in the end you have to accept yourself as you are. I’ve fluctuated between a size 6 and 10. I tell myself that I’m not supposed to look like a doll, and who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.”
Still looking as beautiful as ever at 66, Streep received an honorary doctoral degree from Indiana University and answered a few Twitter questions afterwards, giving advice on the strength in individuality.
“For young women, I would say don’t worry so much about your weight. Girls spend way too much time thinking about that, and there are better things. For young men, and women, too, what makes you different or weird, that’s your strength. Everyone tries to look a cookie-cutter kind of way, and actually the people who look different are the ones who get picked up. I used to hate my nose. Now, I don’t.”
Mindy Kaling is an inspiration to women everywhere. She’s a successful – and hilarious – actor who’s confident about who she is and how her body looks, even though it’s not the “standard Hollywood size”.
“I feel like I have been able to have a fun career and be an on-camera talent and be someone who has boyfriends and love interests and wears nice clothes and those kinds of things without having to be an emaciated stick. And it is possible to do it. In life, you don’t have to be that way and you can have a great life, a fun life, and a fulfilling love life.”
We’ve always admired Emma Stone for her gorgeous red hair and sarcastic sense of humour, but reading her comments about body shaming in a recent interview just makes us love her even more.
“We’re always too skinny or too fat or too tall or too short. They’re just confirming this feeling I have about myself. I’m trying to figure my body out. It bothers me because I care so much about young girls. We’re shaming each other and we’re shaming ourselves, and it sucks.”
Women’s woman Jennifer Aniston’s down-to-earth attitude towards weight puts everything in perspective, and allows us to heal our relationship with carbs. She’s not just America’s sweetheart.
“I never used to eat pasta. [But] I’ve been allowing myself a lot more in the past few years. Which does make it harder to lose those last few pounds. But you have to live. And so what? You go up a size. What’s the big deal?”
This 48 year-old Lebanese-Mexican actress describes the importance of eating to live a happy life.
“I’m on the verge of chubbiness because I love my food. It’s not the best for fashion, but it’s good for my mood. I am happy because I eat! If you exercise too much and you don’t eat enough, it takes its toll on the skin. Everything starts ageing. If you don’t eat carbs, you slow your metabolism down. And you look miserable. I just don’t have the drive to be the prettiest or the thinnest.”
With a body that’s produced three children, we’re happy to see that Kate has got her priorities straight..
“My body will never go back to what it was, and I wouldn’t expect it to after three babies. To my mind, life is just too short to be spending time focusing on things like that. I want to keep my health and my sanity and be well and feel happy. Plus, I want to have fun. And that’s the other thing about having children; it is so much fun. And if you spend too much of your time focusing on the wrong stuff, like how much you weigh, then you forget to enjoy the fun stuff, don’t you?”