I know it’s shocking that new mom Vanessa Minnillo might want to leave the house, but it doesn’t translate into an open invitation to “look at my post-baby body!” Unfortunately, when she told husband Nick Lachey that she was heading out to run errands and grab a bite to eat, the tabloids took it as a cue she was ready for her mandatory postpartum body debut. Despite her entirely appropriate and modest outfit, Us Weekly invites you to see her “incredible post-baby body,” labels her “one hot mama,” and opines that she “showed off” her shape. When I saw the photos, the only thing that made my jaw drop was how far this story was off target.
Of course, there are those celebrity mothers who give in to the media pressure to look perfect the first time they venture out after baby. The tabloids dangle the MILF label – will she or won’t she be? – and these new moms know all eyes are on them. They put on their eight-inch stilettos, face full of make-up, wearing something to play up the only true benefit of a postpartum body — the nursing cleavage. Vanessa Minnillo on the other hand looks like a mom going to the post-office. She looks like she has other things going on in her life other than simply worrying about the race to lose the baby weight.
Just one month after giving birth to baby Camden John, Minnillo stepped out in something comfortable but cute. She’s wearing a flowing red top with what looks like jeggings or comfortable skinny jeans. Despite the deplorable zoom-in feature on the published shots, you cannot even tell if the pants have an elastic waistband (I’m going to pretend they do). It’s an outfit that says “I still care about myself even though I am a mother now,” without giving into the impossible weight loss myth or the pressure of those first paparazzi shots of a new mom. And she did it 100% right. The tabloids, however, got it all wrong.
(photo: Miguel Aguilar/Sam Sharma/PCN Photos.com)