If there’s a special place in hell reserved for those who shame others over their body weight, the folks who drag down a woman who has just given birth TO A HUMAN BABY are in the VIP section complete with bottle service (of liquid brimstone or whatever top-shelf stuff hell has).
This week, Fox News' Chris Wallace apologized to singer Kelly Clarkson after saying that "she could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while."
For some ridiculous reason pregnant and postpartum celebrities suffer the worst of the image-scrutinizing factory that is celebrity culture. Never mind that the woman spent nine months growing a baby in her—if she doesn’t lose the weight (within an unreasonable amount of time after giving birth), what good is she? Besides, who has time to gain pregnancy weight at all when you have Pregnancy Abs?
While many celeb moms (and so many magazine covers) have focused on losing the baby weight as fast as possible, others have bucked the trend, shutting down haters and taking things at their own pace. Here are our fave ladies.
“Change is hard no matter what it is. Especially when it's weight gain, but you know, it's easy to focus on the negatives and completely disregard the fact that you're making another human. You're participating in the most beautiful cycle that this earth will allow—who cares if you put on weight for a few months or a year or two years?
In the grand scheme of things, I refuse to let it bother me. And it makes me really sad that a lot of women are so susceptible to letting it bother them because we choose as human beings and as media to let the narrative on pregnant women be all about body size."
“Hold up—I am not pregnant. But I have had three kids and there is a bump. From now on, ladies, I will have a bump. And it will be my baby bump. And let’s just all settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere. I have a bump. Its name is Violet, Sam, Sera.”
Lily Allen (in response to some super dumb comments by British columnist Katie Hopkins, whose Twitter bio reads “Gained & lost 3.5 stones to prove fat people are lazy”):
“Yes, after tragically losing a child so late into my pregnancy I may have gained a few pounds. I am one of many that find comfort in food. The two pregnancies that followed were terrifying because of what had happened before and I was pretty much on bed rest for 20 months.I wasn't exercising because I didn't want to take any risks, and, funnily enough, the survival of my children felt more important than being thin.”
“Oh, and whilst ‘weighing me up’, fat shaming, you were a stone out, I gained 3 not 2. And hey, look I’m on the cover of Elle this month!”
Olivia Wilde (in Shape magazine):
“I’m softer than I've ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot. The photos of me in this magazine have been generously constructed to show my best angles and I assure you, good lighting has been warmly embraced.
The truth is, I'm a mother, and I look like one.”
"I want nothing to do with that hamster wheel from hell. It seems miserable. I want to be healthy enough that I feel good mentally, and I don’t care what the weight is."
Aishwarya Rai (in response to the hailstorm of criticism launched at her for her post-baby body):
"Whenever there is the wave of opinions, and I've always said this, it's the truth—I'm sure you will endorse it since you know the facts as well—the haters are a drop in the ocean."
But the most succinct response? Kelly Clarkson: