“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)”- Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman had their first child in March this year. In light of some recent body shaming, she decided to put in her two cents and fire back at the pressure for mom’s to look like super models post-baby.
Posting a photo on Instagram of some DIY wardrobe alterations, Hathaway made a bold statement that resonates with millions of women who have felt the pressures of body shaming and body hate after having kids. “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. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It’s all love (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.)”.
In an interview with Ellen she spoke out about the issue. “I work out in West Hollywood, so you see, like, Thor’s trainer, you know, the people who have too many muscles to be in ‘The Avengers’ — so I would normally walk in and feel so intimidated. But [now] I walk in, I’m like, ‘Yeah, I work out with five-pound weights, but I pushed a baby out of my body. I feel good right now’”.
Standing up for women’s rights isn’t a recent development for the new mom either. Hathaway has been an active advocate for women’s rights for over a decade. In June 2016, Hathaway was appointed the role of global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Women organization. As spokeswoman, her work will aid in helping to foster gender equality, particularly for mothers. Hathaway previously travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia as an advocate with the Nike Foundation to raise awareness of child marriages and the challenges young African girls face on a daily basis.