Anne Hathaway talks about the reality of post-baby body weight loss in an eloquent and inspiring message. The Oscar-winning actress defends women who may be feeling shame over not reaching their goals as quickly as society might think they should.
Anne Hathaway gave birth to her son, Jonathan in March, with husband Adam Shulman. And as such, she’s has gone from what we might call the “baby bump watch” to the “post-baby-body watch.” Both are demeaning, of course, let’s spell that out from the outset.
The 33-year-old actress took to Instagram to address that very topic, not with a picture of herself in post-baby body weight loss splendor as one might have expected, but instead, with a picture of an old pair of jeans that had been cut into shorts.
She gave that photo an empowering caption; you can see it below in its entirety. She began, saying, “Love what you have been given.”
She went on to say, “There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all).”
Continuing, she added, “There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer’s are just too dang short for this summer’s thighs. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)”
And with those words, Anne Hathaway joins the ranks of Hollywood actresses who are pushing back against the body shaming culture — and commerce, truthfully — that often puts them in the proverbial spotlight for all the wrong reasons. We’ve heard Jennifer Aniston react to the incessant tabloid stories about her non-existent pregnancy, and we’ve heard from Renee Zellweger rightfully slam media for its degrading speculation over her plastic surgery which she denies, by the way.
What’s truthfully shameful is the society’s preoccupation with this celebrity watching sport that becomes so invasive and so reductionistic. It’s not enough these days to admire an actress’ work on the big screen. The public is determined to try to see her at her perceived worth. Kudos to Anne Hathaway for pushing back on this post-baby body weight loss travesty.
There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all). There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.) Peace xx #noshame #lovewhatyouhavebeengiven
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