Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds became parents to their youngest daughter, Betty, in 2019.
Being a celebrity mum might be quite different from being a, well, non-celebrity mum. But that doesn't mean that the struggles of becoming a new mum would be drastically different because at the end of the day we're all humans. The preparation that a celebrity goes through to bring a child into this world is the same as every other mother on this planet does. So, the struggles that accompany a post-pregnancy body would be similar, too. Take Blake Lively, for example, who admitted that she struggled with insecurity after the birth of her third child.
The Gossip Girl star has been known for her style on red carpet events. However, Lively recently got candid about her post-baby figure and took to her Instagram to share her difficulties about fitting into clothes after the birth of her daughter, Betty, in 2019. "I put together a @lavinoffical shirt and dress from @netaporter to make this pretty outfit," she wrote on her story, referring to the outfit she wore in January 2020 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, reported ET Online.
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"Because no one had samples that fit me after giving birth. And so many clothes from stores didn’t fit either. So. Many. It doesn’t send a great message to women when their bodies don’t fit into what brands have to offer. It’s alienating and confusing. And I wish I felt as confident then as I do now, a year later looking back. That body gave me a baby. And was producing that baby’s entire food supply. What a beautiful miracle. But instead of feeling proud, I felt insecure. Simply because I didn’t fit into clothes. How silly is that in retrospect," she noted.
The actress may have felt silly for feeling insecure about her body, but for us, it's one of the most refreshingly honest things that any celebrity has ever said. She is the reason that mothers can now relate to celebrities. The confession is also an eye-opener for everyone in the fashion world because one of the most well-dressed celebrities had difficulty finding outfits to fit her post-pregnancy.
The Age of Adaline actress then went on to appreciate entrepreneur Katie Sturino who uses her MegaBabe platform to ask designers to have more inclusive sizing. "@katiesturino and others are out there challenging brands to do better, helping women to not feel alone," Lively wrote. "And she's making meaningful progress."
In a recent interview with CNN, Sturino revealed that she was inspired to start the campaign of inclusive sizing with the hashtag #makemysize after trying on a DVF skirt in its largest available size (size 14) that didn't fit her. "It's never boycott this brand, this brand doesn't support women with real curves. I think that it's much better to call a designer in, or a brand in, and educate them on the fact that like, 'hey, you're missing out on a part of the population, the majority of the population, and you should maybe think about offering larger sizes,'" she said.
Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds are parents to daughters James, 6, Inez, 4, and Betty, 16 months. During a Good Morning America interview last year, the actress spoke about being a mom to three kids. "At one point, we had three [kids aged] 4 and under. It's like going from two to 3,000," she said referring to the change from raising two kids to three. "I mean, we have so many children. It's pretty crazy. We're outnumbered, and it's a lot. People say going from two to three, it's the same, you know, it's kind of easy -- those people do not have three kids. It is real crazy. But I'm here," the lovely actress joked.
Whatever said, we're happy that someone from the A-listers thinks sharing insecurities is not shameful or embarrassing; instead, it's empowering.