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Amy Adams: ‘I wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit’

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New mom Amy Adams brings the Quote of the Day:

‘Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body – meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I was like, “Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything’s going well.” And I’ve had that relationship ever since.’

‘Some mum friends said it’s a good way to lose the baby weight, but I’ll do anything to get off of that treadmill. I’ve been working out when I can, and I’m trying to eat in a healthful way, but losing weight is not my number-one priority. It’s part of my job to return to some semblance of what I was before. But I don’t feel I’ve ever made my career on my rockin’ bod.’

… says Amy in the latest issue of Parade magazine.

See Amy in a recent photo-shoot here!

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Sidney
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Sidney

I agree with her. She’s a pretty lady with a nice body and that definitely has been a part of many of her roles, but the main focus hasn’t been her looks. She doesn’t need to look “perfect” to keep landing those roles, just nice, imo.

nhana
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nhana

That is a really cool comment! I’m almost afraid of getting pregnant because of the weight gain (not that I’m trying to – just thinking how it will be in the future)…
But that comment just set my priorities straight!

Anne
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Anne

its funny how some women who are pregnant worry more about their bodys than their new baby hello!

sigh
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sigh

hahaha! totally! its crazy to me, focus on feeding your baby the finest nutrients while he’s growing and developing

sigh, some people get it all wrong..

nhana
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nhana

As I said I’m not trying to get pregnant – and not in the next many years – just trying to be honest about how I could be worried to gain a lot and never be able to lose it again…
Sigh some people get it all wrong

deanna
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I agree with you. I’m always hearing mothers talk about how, now that they’ve had children, they can’t seem to get rid of the excess fat or get their bodies back in to shape because they have a collapsed stomach muscle from giving birth etc etc. It’s honestly quite scary in my opinion.

cleigh
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To give you a bit of hope, I got the best body I have ever had since having my son….not sure exactly how it happened but it did! The weight fell off of me, I have a much more defined waist….it’s nice! 🙂

cmon
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cmon

if you were fit to begin with you wouldnt have to worry about losing your body.

if you were never toned to begin with, and you dont go to the gym after birth(seriously)

then what the hell do you expect. it takes effort

snoops
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snoops

she isn’t actually pregnant you know – therefore she doesn’t know how it feels to be pregnant or the emotions and feelings and instincts that kick in. She’s only looking at things from the perspective of someone who is young and hasn’t had kids or been pregnant its totally normal in that situation to look forward and be worried about the changes that will happen to your body if/when you have kids. Why the attack?

aj
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Fair enough. However clearly journalists are asking very food/body related questions (surely among other topics im sure) to female celebrities. This should be reduced, because its clearly an international obsession and in my opinion its sending the wrong message to the women of the world and journalists have a responsibility here. And I know I am visiting a site that focuses on body image but this site wouldn’t exist if journalists didn’t ask soo many questions to celebrities about what they eat etc.

Erica
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I agree with you aj. So often we think the celebs are conceited – always telling us about their diets, weights, exercise regimes, etc – when it’s really the journalists who are asking these questions! It’s fun to talk about body image, but there is a line between it just being harmless gossip and being a more unhealthy obsession. Unfortunately I think a lot of young women are incredibly worried about their size and the media certainly puts a lot of emphasis on looks – and it’s getting worse and worse, imo. The only thing I disagree about is this… Read more »
Mia
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But don’t you think a celebrity could very easily say ‘I don’t want to talk about weight, I’d rather talk about my career’ when asked about that kind of stuff….let’s not pretend for a second that journalists are that powerful that they force celebrities to answer every question they are given. Celebrities often time bypass questions about their relationships, why can’t they do the same when it comes to weight (if they don’t want to talk about it)? Honestly, I make it a rule NOT to talk about weight/diets with my girlfriends. IMO, it brings out the ugly side in… Read more »
Erica
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You’re right Mia. It is on the celebs too, of course. But I still think most people talk about what they think people want to hear – and the media certainly cares a lot about diet and looks. That often gives the impression to celebs that that’s what people want to hear about – and also gives the impression to the public that celebs like to talk about it! There are some mind games going on! Not saying that it’s being orchestrated that way, but it certainly seems to be getting worse to me. You are also right about not… Read more »
amazon
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amazon
but maybe this came about because it is something that women are very interested in? I think it is a mix of all of the above. it is something that interests me in a lighthearted way- I feel no need to force my personal tastes down people throats and think everyone should do what they want with their own body as long as the information is out there so they can make informed decisions. though I admit I’m not that interested in what celebs have to say on the subject as I think most aren’t honest just media trained. Every… Read more »
mia
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Celebrities have to maintain a positive relationship with the journalists who interview them, so I feel like they try to give at least some sort of real answer to almost all questions a magazine gives them in order to not be painted in a bad light.
Pregnancy is a special thing, so I think it’s natural for celebrities to field questions about their bodies going through those changes.
A lot of celebrities without a lot of artistic substance tend to talk about their bodies more, simply because there’s really nothing else for the journalists to ask them.

mia
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(referring to why certain celebrities seem to ONLY talk about body, like Kim K)

flossy
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flossy

You’re so right about weight bringing out the ugly side in women. I stopped being friends with one woman because I lost a load of weight and she resented it and the confidence it gave me. So she telephoned me and criticised my appearance for an half hour.

Victoria
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Victoria

This is a website called skinny v. curvy meaning it”s focused on weight and appearances. If people are tired of hearing about celebrities talking about their weight then they shouldn’t be on this website because the creator is only going to put things that relate to what it is called. Just saying

aj
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Victoria, I clearly stated that I REALISE I am visiting a site that focuses on it. However its not just this site that focuses on it, weight and food is a huge focus point in interviews with celebrity women. Also Victoria, even if I decided not to read websites like this, its still a problem? It would just mean I wouldn’t be subjecting myself to it, which I choose to do because I’m interested in the world I live in and how the media effects women. Erica, yes your right, I sort of mean this aspect of the site with… Read more »
aj
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I actually really resent your comment Victoria, this is a site that has significant links with the media, body image, and obviously people come here to discuss that. Not just block things out that we don’t care for… If everyone just ignored the things we don’t like and didn’t discuss it, how would things change at all?

Erica
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I like her. She seems to have her priorities right. Looking good in a swimsuit is not all that important – unless you’re a model, I guess! Amy is a talented actress and her success is not all based on her looks. Still, I think she is being a bit hard on herself – I’m sure she looks pretty good in a bikini! She’s always had a good figure, as far as I’m concerned!

Evie
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I agree with everything you said!

Kt
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agree 100%

Karin
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Karin

Good for her, but it’s kinda sad that it took getting pregnant for that epiphany to come around.

solaxia
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solaxia
I think it is an awsome comment and she sounds really down to earth. while i get the sentiment of her comment (that there is more to her than just looks, she has made a career based on talent- how it should be imo) i think she is a bit too harsh! i always thought she was such a unique beauty.also, i thinkk she probably looks amazing in a bikini and just because the entertainment industry or modeling industry tells us there is one best type of beauty…i dont think people in real life believ that or think that (except… Read more »
Angela
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Angela

I couldn’t agree more solaxia 😉

Erica
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I agree too solaxia – you sound very wise!

solaxia
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solaxia
ha ha why thank you! It’s nice to know that others also see the POV I have. I personally get quite sick of people assuming that because someone looks a certain way that they are more physically attractive…and therefore the rest of the world has to ‘fall back on their other qualities’. Yes, we should definately put more emphasis on important qualities! But who on this Earth really has the right to say that there is only one perfect beauty, and what exactly that is! It seems so narrow minded and sad to me! Anyway…rant over! back to work ha… Read more »
skirmute
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skirmute

Her attitude sound really goods and reasonable but I also think she tries to convince herself that she doesn’t care about her body as much as other celebs do. Seems like she worries about it more than she says. Maybe it’s just a wrong impression, idk.

skirmute
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skirmute

sounds good*

nrose
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nrose

I’m glad she’s doing her best to bring it back to her career and her work instead of discussing her nutty diet routine or how great she looks.
In my opinion Amy Adams is a real class act.

Casey
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Casey
I kind of get the point of her comment, but at the same time it sounds a little defensive. It’s like she isolates women who DO look good in a bikini, as if they are not capable of carrying a child and having that relationship with their body. I feel like she isolates that group of women, because she can then say, “Well I am different than them (in a good way),” so that therefore she doesn’t have to be insecure about not having a bikini body. Btw, I think she does have a good bikini body. I don’t know… Read more »
edith the elf
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I’m interested to know which part of her comment you found to have that implication of superiority. I didn’t get that at all. Her words just sound like she’s happy to have a new-found relationship with her body that isn’t based on how it looks, but is based on how healthy it is. I think she’s acknowledging the pressure on new mums, but at the same time separating herself from that – not putting herself above them. I really don’t see the arrogance, superiority or defensiveness that you seem to infer from her words…difference doesn’t need to be about being… Read more »
Casey
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Casey
I find her need to differentiate the two inherently defensive. A body cannot both be something that looks good in a bikini AND a tool to bring life in to the world? I did not find her comment arrogant or superior though. And to answer your question, it was this part of her comment: meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I feel like she could have said what she was trying to say without leaving that part in, which makes me focus on it because it sticks out, and makes me question… Read more »
edith the elf
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I now sort of understand why you say that – thanks for clarifying. But maybe you are reading too much into it?? Of course, someone can look good in a bikini and be fertile and have a baby. What I took from her comment is: for her, her career isn’t based on her looks as much as it is based on her talent. Therefore, she is choosing to avoid the pressure to return to this “perfect” shape so quickly after the birth. Of course, for women whose are paid to look good in a bikini (Giselle, etc), returning to their… Read more »
EMJ
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I can see what you are saying, but I took it more in the way Edith did. I even saved it as a note in my phone, because I feel it is a helpful concept when I am being too hard on myself for the way I look. I didn’t take it as women who look good in a bikini are incapable of birthing children and should put on more weight to be healthy. Instead, I took it to mean that she had shifted the focus in her own mind from “my body is only valuable if it looks good… Read more »
EMJ
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Ugh, my explanation was horrible, but hopefully I got my point across.

Casey
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Casey
Edith and EMJ, I see what you guys are saying. Like I said, I do understand the point she is trying to make, and that’s the point that you guys brought up. It’s just that certain part of her comment seems incongruent to the rest so I focused a lot on it. Maybe I am reading too much into her comment. It’s hard when all you have to work with is text. It’s always a little left up to personal interpretation. So maybe I am thinking she is saying something that has never even crossed her mind. But then again,… Read more »
edith the elf
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I agree, Casey. Text is completely open to interpretation – if we knew the tone and wider context of the interview, or the background to her thought process, it might be a bit easier to know what she meant. I sort of tend to err on the side of giving people the benefit of the doubt, but you could definitely be right in your interpretation. They’re both just that; interpretations.

Serafiina
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Serafiina

I agree with everything you said!

Serafiina
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Serafiina

that one was for Edith

snoops
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snoops

I actually think this is one of the rare time a celeb makes a comment about embracing their body without dissing those with different body types (“I gained weight and I love it – guys want a real women not a stick insect!” you know, the typical rubbish like that that is insulting to thinner women) – but tbh its so common for that to happen I can see why someone might even see those kind of sentiments where they maybe aren’t there – because we (thin women) can end up feeling defensive too.

edith the elf
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Snoops, your comment is spot on!

Casey
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Casey

I agree snoops. It is fairly common that a celebrity would give a quote along the lines of what you described, so perhaps in a way I’ve come to expect it. But I think most of all, at least in this case, was that a certain part of her comment didn’t seem to go with the rest. I’m the kind of person where that stuff catches my eye. But that doesn’t necessarily mean she was actually saying what I took away from her comment…that was just my interpretation of it.

Cleopatra
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Cleopatra

She was talking about her own body and her priorities.For a lot of women,it seems that having a perfect bikini body..losing baby-fat..is the main focus.For her,not so much.It doesnt seem like she intended to mention other women who look good in a bikini or whatever.

She’s very wise.

edith the elf
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I adore Amy Adams so much, and think her comment is very wise.

Rachel
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Rachel

She’s obviously very mature and wise.
I fear losing my body to a baby…but then again I’m not mature enough to start a family…when the times right, I’ll want a baby more than my past bod!

news
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amy is super cute no matter what she does. pregnant, before or after. she is hot.

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