10 Body-Image Confessions from Sexy Celebrity Moms

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Thanks to personal trainers, designer clothing, and a seemingly bottomless checking account, motherhood in Hollywood can look sexy and sparkling. Photos portray these beautiful women as they blissfully visit coffee shops and push trendy strollers around town. We know not to weigh ourselves against them, and we try not to judge; but it’s difficult to do anything other than admire their good fortune and dream about a life with opportunities like theirs.

Everyday women want to look like these celebrity moms – their bodies, their outfits – and some might spend hours glossing over the weekly magazines, trying to figure out exactly how to do it.

Instead of trying to look like the admirable icons, perhaps we should try to focus like them … because the following sexy, healthy mothers have an impressive and fresh focus on body image.

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #1:

I have curves and they belong on my body! – Charlize Theron

Even though she’s lost and gained weight (30 lbs!) throughout her various roles, her focus and opinion has remained steady.

Her advice? “I don't have hang-ups about the way I look. I can see myself in the mirror when I'm all done up and think I look pretty hot, but I can see myself every day and see this round Dutch doll face. We've got so crazy about our faces and our bodies. I guard my privacy partly because I like to keep my head free from all that paranoia. I'm not super-skinny. I have curves and they belong on my body,” Theron said.

 

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #2:

In terms of body image, I think Britney Spears is an awesome role model! – Natalie Portman

She has been known to train hard and do what it takes to change her physical form for strenuous roles. For the movie Black Swan, she lost 20 pounds by swimming, cross training, and dancing for five hours, every day.

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But once filming was complete, she knew how important it was to return to a healthier-looking physic; so she did.

“There’s always pressure, from other people and yourself. If you’re happy with the looks you’re born with, then what are you going to do your whole life? We keep thinking up new things and finding better ways of doing things because we’re not happy with what we’re given,” Portman said. “In terms of body image, I think Britney Spears is an awesome role model.”

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #3:

When you're really, really skinny, not everybody can relate to you! – Jessica Simpson

The media constantly follows and scrutinizes her fluctuating weight, but she isn’t wasting time to shed a few tears over it.

“Everybody fluctuates, but I'm open about my weight and I'm still confident. I didn't cry about it too much,” Jessica Simpson said. “I got so much scrutiny for putting on extra pounds, but I think that the decision not to make myself anorexic was actually great for branding. Because when you're really, really skinny, not everybody can relate to you.”

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #4:

Beauty is all about how you feel about YOU, no matter color, shape or size! – Jada Pinkett Smith

To describe Pinkett Smith in one word … we can easily say “GORGEOUS,” on any given day of the year. She is a vegetarian, and strongly believes that you need to eat in order to energize your body. She is also a celebrity that has constantly remained in great shape. How? She simply knows how to werk it.

“Do some kind of physical activity every day or every other day. Do what you love with a lot of determination to reach your personal physical goals. Remember, beauty is all about how you feel about YOU, no matter color, shape or size,” she said.

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #5:

If you want to try to improve things that you don't like about yourself, then do it after you appreciate yourself! –  Adele

Her vocal strength is unlike many, and her heart bleeds with emotion whenever she sings. And while her body-type may not be the most sought-after look, she is happy with herself – and her body image. At the end of the day, shouldn’t that be what’s most important?

“I'm never like, I'm plus-sized, I'm so much bigger than them other artists out there it's going to be a problem. I've never really thought about it at all. It only comes to my attention if I were to read something about it,” said the Grammy winner. “I think no matter what you look like, the key is to first of all be happy with yourself. And then you know if you want to try to improve things that you don't like about yourself, then do it after you appreciate yourself.”

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #6:

You know, when I eat a little too much over the holidays, [I’m] maybe a size 8! –  Jennifer Lopez

It seems that even celebrity moms like Lopez feel their pant waists getting a little tighter after a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal! So, perhaps we shouldn’t freak out so much and we should just enjoy the holidays with our loved ones.

When she first started out, many people told her to change. Her response to that was,” You have to stand up and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you’re the one with the problem!’ And when you can really believe that, all of a sudden other people start believing too.”

She told Vogue, “I'm not a size 0 or 2. I'm not 6-feet-tall like a lot of the models that come around, and I'm like, ‘Wow, I'm really short compared to models!' I'm just a regular woman. I wear a size 6. You know, when I eat a little too much over the holidays, maybe a size 8. When I'm in shape, maybe a size 4.”

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #7:

Having babies helped me embrace my sexuality! –  Jessica Alba

Finally, a celebrity that understands the power of motherhood!

Alba was quoted saying, “It’s really amazing how your perspective shifts and your definition of sexy evolves once you become a mother … But becoming a mom has definitely made me feel more confident and secure than I ever did in my 20s. Even though I can’t ever get down to my pre-baby weight before having Honor, my jeans don’t zip up the same way, and things just hang differently (all moms know how that goes!), I feel completely comfortable in my skin and my idea of perfection has changed.”

Amen sister! Alba continued, saying, “I don’t really care about my body image anymore because it just doesn’t matter now that I have children. Instead, I focus on my health, feeling strong, and making sure I’m up and running so I can spend that all-important time with the girls … Having babies also helped me embrace my sexuality. Up until then, I was quite shy about it. But once I experienced how incredible and amazing it was to create a life, it was empowering. Now, I feel freer to express myself and just be me. Through motherhood I really came into my own and, for me, feeling sexy is all about this type of comfort, confidence, and true happiness.”

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #8:

Oh, me? I’m plus-sized? –  Jennifer Hudson

Hollywood can change the perspective you have of yourself. Just look at Hudson! During her first time on the red carpet, someone asked her how she felt … you know … about being plus-sized.

“I looked around, like, Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized?” she said. “In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.”

She liked her body!

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But she also wanted to learn how to eat right, for her children. So, after she got pregnant with her son, David, she decided to make a change. She said, “Hold on—why doesn’t anybody know I’m pregnant? And I wanted to set a good example for my son. Right after I had him, I began trying to change things.”

She didn’t change for Hollywood. She did it for herself – and for her child. “I never thought I couldn’t lose the weight. It’s just that I felt comfortable with the way I was.”

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #9:

The truth is I just don't have the drive to be the prettiest and the thinnest! – Salma Hayek

I don’t know many women who watch Hayek on screen and think something negative about her body.  Though she doesn’t fit the skinny Hollywood mold, she is definitely considered a beautiful, sexy woman.

“I am on the limit of chubbiness because I love my food and my wine,” Hayek has said. “It’s not the best for fashion, but it’s good for my mood. I am happy because I eat. The truth is I just don't have the drive to be the prettiest and the thinnest.”

She also points to why the skinny trend doesn’t have her vote, saying, “In recent years, we have had to fight against our genetic nature to look like little boys, to be socially accepted as beautiful … It used to be that a young girl couldn't wait to grow up and take the shape of a woman. Now our goal is regression, to look younger and like a child.

Well, Hayek, I agree with you! I think we mothers should embrace the way we were we intended to look: grown and mature.

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Celeb Body-Image Confession #10:

To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic! – Meryl Streep

Talk about an ageless beauty! Streep is one leading lady we can learn a lot from. I like the way this article put it, when the author wrote that she’s “an actress who’s made of sterner stuff than mere sexiness, who’s miles from being a dumb blonde or a love object.” 

So maybe she’s not known for “sexiness,” but she has still had her fair share of spicy affairs. So, what’s her secret?

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“There's a lot of pressure on girls,” Streep said. “My advice: Don't waste so much time worrying about your skin or your weight. Develop what you do, what you put your hands on in the world … To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.”

Go beyond what you may find “comfortable.” That’s what she finds most important.

When it comes to body image, what do you think is the most important thing to remember?

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10 Body-Image Confessions from Sexy Celebrity Moms

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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