Anne Hathaway hits back at baby-body-shamers on Instagram

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Anne Hathaway welcomed her first child, Jonathan, with husband Adam Shulman earlier this year.

And, since then, the Les Mis actress has made a point of speaking out about the pressures many new mums face – particularly focusing on the body-shaming that they are regularly subjected to.

Her latest Instagram message, therefore, is unsurprising.

Sharing a photograph of a pair of cut-off denim jeans, Hathaway penned a message of body positivity, in a bid to remind trolls that, yes, weight can fluctuate during pregnancy – and that women should never be made to feel bad about it.

She wrote: “There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all).

“There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs.”

The Oscar-winning actress continued: “Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink.

“It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.) Peace xx #noshame #lovewhatyouhavebeengiven”

Fans flocked to the post to thank Hathaway for her inspiring words, with one woman writing: “You make me feel better about myself.”

Another added: “Amen. The world needs more outspoken and smart girls like you as role models.”

Earlier this year, just eight weeks after the birth of her son, Hathaway sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss how she has been embracing her post-baby body.

She said: “Being a mom has changed me in a couple ways. One of them is – not based on this moment, but other moments – I feel a lot more confident.”

However, when she walked into a gym in West Hollywood, she was met with a different reaction when she was approached by a fitness trainer.

“I’m expecting him to say the thing that you say when someone say’s they’ve had a baby, which is ‘Oh my God. You look great!’” she explained.

“Doesn’t matter if it’s true. If somebody says, ‘I had a baby 13 years ago’, you say, ‘You look great!’” 

Unfortunately, however, the trainer had a different motive, and replied, “Trying to lose the baby weight?”

Hathaway, refusing to let his comment get her down, responded: “No … It’s a little bit too soon to worry about weight. I’m just trying to regain my strength.”

Thankfully, it seems as if her confidence has not been shattered by the incident.

She stated: “I walk in [the gym], I’m like, yeah, I work out with five-pound weights, but I pushed a baby out of my body so I feel good right now!

“So I don’t care what I look like, I feel great!”

Image: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.