Bechelorette / TV personality Ali Fedotowsky (33), who gave birth to her second child 2 months ago, recently showed off her new mom figure on Instagram and on her personal blog, in order to make a statement against the edited social media images.
This might be my most vulnerable post on Instagram ever. I’ve gone back-and-forth 1 million times in my head on whether not I wanted to post it. But at the end of the day, I know it’s important to be open and honest about my postpartum body in hopes that it helps even one person out there who is struggling with their own body image.’
I’m 15lbs heavier than I used to be, and my cup size has grown quite significantly. I bounced back pretty quickly after I gave birth to Molly. But things are different this time and I’m OK with that.
I’m learning to love my body and embrace how it’s changed. I hope I get back to my pre-pregnancy shape one day, but that may never happen. And if it doesn’t, that’s OK. I’m sitting so you can see what’s really going with me. I have all this loose skin around my mid-section. And as you can see, my chest, my very very veiny chest from breast feeding, has gotten so much bigger. This is a 34 DD, I was a very small 34C before.
29 year-old Candice Swanepoel gave birth to her second child a few weeks ago and a few days back, she was spotted rocking her new mom figure on the beach in Brazil. The photos made the body shamers come out, so Candice replied in one of her Insta stories:
‘This is me 12 days after having my son. If you have something bad to say about it…check yourself. Society can be so cruel to one another. Beauty standards are sometimes impossible for women these days. I’m not ashamed to show my post partum tummy. I am proud actually…I carried my son for 9 months in there. I think I’ve earned the right to have a little tummy. Candice continued, ‘Is it because I’m a model? Well we are normal people too, so let me enjoy the beach in peace please.’
I’m over the moon to finally share- This is totally surreal to see a fat body on the cover of a health magazine 😭🙏🏻 Thank you Self for changing the game with me! 💕
Self Magazine’s statement regarding their choice:
We’re thrilled to share our first ever digital cover, featuring model, author, and fat-positivity activist Tess Holliday (@tessholliday). From editor-in-chief @carolynkylstra’s editor’s letter: “Holliday identifies as a fat woman; we chose to give her a platform because she has insightful things to say about thriving in a world that devalues bodies of size. We also chose to feature her because size representation is necessary, especially for a national health media brand that can help guide the conversation about what it means to be healthy and how to make health accessible. You don’t know how healthy or unhealthy a person is just by looking at them, you don’t know what their health goals and priorities are, and you don’t know what they’ve already done or are planning to do for their health going forward. And moreover, you should know that concern trolling—using a person’s perceived health to justify making them feel bad about themselves—isn’t just counterproductive, it’s abusive.”
‘My mother would get drunk and say, “Why don’t you move your fat a**?” So, I’ve always believed I had a fat a**. I modelled swimwear when I was 15, and even then, I didn’t think I had a swimsuit body. I was a cover girl, not a supermodel. I was neck-up – the face, the eyebrows – and I was always described as “athletic”, “not rail-thin”, “not a runway model”. Those messages, they seep into your consciousness.’
On raising two daughters:
‘[My daughters] are so much more mature than I was, so much more confident in their own bodies. They have the same stubbornness and strength that I do, but are more well-adjusted. I am jealous as all hell about that. But, of course, I created it.’
Jeremy definitely parents me sometimes. I’m always the person who’s like let’s have another drink, let’s have a dessert and he’ll be like, “You had a dessert last night, you don’t need one tonight,” or, “You had a drink this afternoon, you don’t need another one”. He’s the sensible one. He just keeps me on the straight and narrow and keeps me focused otherwise I’d forever be eating and drinking and having a good time.
On her looks:
I think I make the best of myself because it’s my job. I get my hair done and stay fit and look after myself. I don’t think I let myself go. When I’m at home on the farm it’s completely different, I go for three days without cleaning my teeth.
On not being ‘the beautiful one’:
In my household my sister was a model and older than me and she was considered the beautiful one because she was tall, skinny, attractive and I was always the forgotten about middle child. When people would look in my direction, I was always looking behind thinking who are they looking at? Because I’d never grown up with that attention.
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