Blake Lively Is Completely And Totally Done With How We Talk About Post-Baby Bodies

“You don’t need to be Victoria’s-Secret–ready right away."

Actress Blake Lively is fed up with body shamers — especially people who criticize new moms. During Lively's whirlwind media tour promoting her new film, The Shallows, she spoke up about our tendency to judge women's appearances. 

In an interview with Sunrise, an Australian talk show, Lively spoke about the intense training she completed to get ready for the film, immediately after giving birth to her first daughter, James. This reminiscence prompted the reporter  to ask Lively about tabloids questioning if she got "her figure back post-baby" because of the movie.

"It's so unfair, though, because it's so celebrated: 'This is what someone can look like after a baby," Lively said.

And then the 28-year-old issued an empowering body positive message that all moms can appreciate.

"I think a woman's body after having a baby is pretty amazing," she said. "You don't need to be Victoria's-Secret–ready right away. 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."

As Jennifer Aniston pointed out in her recent Huffington Post editorial, tabloid journalists are constantly scrutinizing successful and influential women. These critiques are unfair for female celebrities and dangerous for young fans who believe that the body standards they present are real.

"I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty," Aniston wrote. "The message that girls are not pretty unless they're incredibly thin, that they're not worthy of our attention unless they look like a supermodel or an actress on the cover of a magazine is something we're all willingly buying into."

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