She wants to change the conversation around women's bodies

By Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal
Updated: September 18, 2017

Blake Lively has had it with women being celebrated for their "post-baby bodies." She was on the morning show Sunrise Australia this week to promote her movie The Shallows. The interviewer complimented Blake on her bikini body in the film-and was especially impressed since Blake filmed the movie just months after giving birth to her daughter James. But Blake was not going to let that comment slide and instead lamented about the microscope that women's bodies-especially celebrity women-are put under after giving birth.

"It's so unfair. It's so celebrated: 'This is what someone looks like after having a baby.' And I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing," Blake said. "You don't need to be Victoria's Secret ready right away because you just did the most incredible miracle that life has to offer. I mean you gave birth to a human being! So I would really like to see that celebrated."

We would really like to see that celebrated too-growing a child inside you for nine months and then giving birth is an experience that affects you physically and emotionally. It's okay if your body looks different from the way it did pre-pregnancy. You brought a child into the world-lots of other things will change as you're thrust into motherhood (usually on zero sleep).

Of course, there's nothing wrong with working your butt to feel awesome in a bikini again, but we love the idea of elevating new moms for a multitude of accomplishments, like making it through labor and getting your newborn to latch.



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