Shape Magazine is known for their after baby bounce back cover stories featuring the most flawless of Hollywood A-listers and beauty bombshells, and essentially leaving new moms feeling like the dirty diaper they just tossed in the genie. Instead of the standard, expected interview, Olivia gave us a dose of reality. After being paired up with the accredited writer, it was time to get real. Real, real.
“I am not in perfect shape. In fact, I’m softer than I’ve ever been, including that unfortunate semester in high school when I simultaneously discovered Krispy Kreme and pot,” she reveals. “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.”
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Mothers across the U.S.A are rejoicing in her honesty. It is so difficult for women to see their cute, pre-baby self as a ghost of the past… and guilt immediately follows any large chunk of time that is dedicated to shaping back up for the sake of vanity or even confidence. Gym sessions have been replaced with mommy and me classes, fashionable clothes are swapped for sweats, and meals are replaced with eating the leftovers on their child’s plate. Moms often wonder, “Where did my perky breasts go? When did this flat tire take up residency of my waistline? ” It can also be a very psychological challenge on top of a physical obstacle for women to look in the mirror and not recognize themselves. Mothers cannot take on as much as they try to, especially entering this journey fresh.
This personal essay to new moms are helping to reinstate the ideals of womanly body image before and after motherhood. It is so much more about support and taking some time to consider yourself. Since mothers are often associated with the “mom jean -esque figure”, women feel pressure and loose hope. However, a mom who feels great will only add value and enrichment to her family’s life. Olivia Wilde has now offered a strong vocal message for women to stay positive. More and more moms are now redefining and reclaiming their bodies.