Alba told UK fitness magazine this month that “I have cellulite and stretch marks — and I have a muffin top.” While we may not see these things (thanks to Photoshop, makeup, etc.) I am sure she isn't perfect...in fact no woman is perfect! We are told by society that we should feel bad about ourselves if we aren't perfect, yet perfection is a myth. It's definitely difficult for celebrities and actresses to avoid the extra pressure they get for keeping in shape or getting back to their pre-baby bodies. Alba reportedly wore two girdles following the birth of her second child and said that it was "brutal" and "sweaty, but worth it." Obviously in the world of celebrities being almost unable to breathe is worth getting back to being skinny for their jobs. Is it, though?
Genes also play a definite factor in how fast baby weight is lost. Just look at the celebrities who take more time than "others" to get rid of the extra pounds after giving birth. Jessica Simpson and Hilary Duff are a few examples of celebrities who took time and slowly lost the weight by exercising and eating balanced. Those celebrities who lose the weight quite fast put a lot of pressure on Average women who have given birth. These Average women will compare themselves to celebrities which enevitably leads to body dissatisfaction!
I find it somewhat contradicting when Alba wrote on her blog that "Before having Honor and Haven, I was super-critical of my looks and worried more about inevitable changes to my body. I couldn't even say the word 'sexy' to describe myself without feeling funny and awkward." She added that she now feels more comfortable in her body when she explains that "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." But has it really? After she had her last child she was wearing two girdles to "fix" her body! She concluded by saying that "Through motherhood I really came into my own and, for me, feeling sexy is all about this type of comfort, confidence, and true happiness." Okay I can understand this. Maybe she is learning that all these things do not solely come from the way we look. I guess all of us experience days where we feel amazing and days where we just feel like crap.
What do you think? Do typically "skinny" and "beautiful" girls experience the same level of body image pressure than other Average women?