Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Blake Lively slams “unfair” pressure on new mums to lose weight

blake lively.jpg

As well as politicians, Olympic TV hosts and women who dare to exercise in public, new mums are often exposed to misogynistic waves of comments about their bodies. And Blake Lively has had enough.

The pregnant mother-of-one has hit out at those who obsess over how quickly a woman can shed her baby weight, describing the fascination as "so celebrated" and "so unfair".

Speaking to Australian news outlet Sunrise, Lively 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.”

Lively on the red carpet in New York last month

Lively on the red carpet in New York last month

Lively, 28, who already has a one-year-old daughter named James with husband Ryan Reynolds, 39, is set to become the source of post-baby-body scrutiny yet again when she gives birth to the couple's second child.

But the actress, who stars in the newly released shark horror film The Shallows, hopes that eventually womens' bodies will stop being the focus of such obsession.

“You gave birth to a human being. I would really like to see that celebrated," she added.

Lively with husband Ryan Reynolds

Lively with husband Ryan Reynolds


dirty dancing remake.jpg

Are you ready for the new Dirty Dancing movie?

sarah jessica parker main.jpg

Sarah Jessica Parker: “I am not a feminist”


Bride walked down the aisle by man who received her father’s heart


There’s an unexpected health benefit to being on the Pill

sarah silverman.jpg

Sarah Silverman hits back after being shamed for re-wearing same dress


People keep falling in love at these airports

jamie and jools oliver baby.jpg

Jamie Oliver welcomes the birth of his fifth child with wife Jools

renee zellweger hero.jpg

Renee Zellweger slams plastic surgery speculation in powerful essay

carrie bradshaw sam jones satc.jpg

Single people live happier and longer lives, according to this expert


All the best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From a star-studded dinner party to Serena Williams’ sweet mother-daughter snap

by Nicola Colyer
22 Sep 2017

Justin Trudeau reveals his surprising feminist inspiration

Bromance brewing?

by Susan Devaney
21 Sep 2017

Some people only just realised that Rihanna’s real name isn’t Rihanna

Erm, did we not all know this already?

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Sep 2017

This is how Salma Hayek is helping Mexico’s earthquake victims

And how you can too

by Moya Crockett
21 Sep 2017

Emma Stone's childhood drawing of her anxiety is so relatable

“I’m bigger than my anxiety”

by Susan Devaney
21 Sep 2017

Twitter was not impressed by Melania Trump’s anti-bullying UN speech

“If Melania Trump really wants to fight cyberbullying, she should just change Donald's WiFi password.”

by Moya Crockett
21 Sep 2017

8-year-old bug enthusiast defies bullies to co-author scientific paper

Sophia Spencer was mocked for her love of bugs – but she’s now a published expert

by Moya Crockett
20 Sep 2017

Shania Twain is touring the UK: here’s everything you need to know

2018 is shaping up nicely

by Amy Swales
20 Sep 2017

Why Avril Lavigne is the ‘most dangerous’ celebrity to search online

Think twice before clicking on that link.

by Moya Crockett
20 Sep 2017

Serena Williams writes an emotional open letter to her mother

“You are one of the strongest women I know”

by Susan Devaney
20 Sep 2017