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7:15 AM EDT, August 21, 2012
Beyonce looked so good after giving birth that some mean-spirited conspiracy theorists questioned whether she was ever pregnant at all. Aaaah. Super-model Miranda Kerr took on the catwalk in a swimsuit six months after delivering her son, Flynn. Bully for her. Why do we care? I have no clue.
Perhaps it's all about detached admiration. Perhaps it's more about nonsensical jealousy. I don't know. But, one thing is for sure, there is nothing truly positive about this trend.
Just check out this article from Mommyish which advises us "regular women" not to feel pressured by stories about stars like Mariah Carey who experience super-fast slimdowns, fueled by super-lucrative endorsement deals. Seems former editor for US Weekly Magazine, Janice Min, is now experiencing the culture she helped to create. So, she is asking the public: "Can A Mom Get A Break?" on the pages of the New York Times.
I actually interviewed Jessica Simpson during a summertime concert tour, about nine years ago. You know what's funny? I was about 8 months pregnant, wearing a frumpy purple maternity top and sweating like a pig. I remember feeling embarrassed, standing next to this young, fashionable starlet who actually looked much smaller and more normal than I had expected. Well, guess what? Turns out she is pretty normal. Her pregnancy weight gain was entirely normal. Like any other new mom, she would lose that weight with time...when her body was ready, thanks to walks around the neighborhood, pushing a stroller while watching her delicious baby snooze in the fresh air. Yes, that sounds normal. But, guess what? She's being paid $4 million dollars by Weight Watchers to work with a fancy trainer and debut her new/old body to the world with a dramatic flourish.
As this piece from Yahoo Shine! asserts: How weird.
Weird for the celebrities and weird for us.
When will it stop? Maybe when we stop eating it up.