Blake Lively has her say on post-baby body ideals

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  • ‘You don’t have to have be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away.'

    Blake Lively has spoken out against post-pregnancy body ideals, suggesting that there is too much pressure on women to lose weight quickly after giving birth.

    Commenting that the media’s scrutiny of women’s bodies and the abstract ‘celebration’ that makes the headlines when a woman’s body has bounced back after pregnancy, Blake described the pressure as ‘unfair.’

    ‘You don’t have to have be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away,’ she said. ‘You gave birth to a human being!’

    Blake made her comments during a slightly awkward video interview with Sunrise in Australia, where the presenter began by introducing her as someone who is ‘so well-known for being Mrs. Ryan Reynolds’ and commenting that he’d never seen someone ‘so exquisitely dressed at an interview.’ The actress, who is currently pregnant with her second child, could only laugh as she was wearing a denim jacket. *Puts head in hands*

    After asking a few questions about Blake’s latest film, The Shallows (which was just released in Australia) the interviewer then began to ask how she got into shape for the role, suggesting that it’s great for an actress to take on an action-packed role after their pregnancy, as the tabloids will typically ask about she achieved her post-baby body.

    And that’s when Blake responded. ‘It’s so unfair, it’s so celebrated,’ she said. ‘I think a woman’s body after having a baby is pretty amazing. You don’t have to have be Victoria’s Secret-ready right away. You’ve just done this incredible miracle that life has to offer. I would really like to see that celebrated.’

    We couldn’t agree more.

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