I don’t know if Us Magazine has been reading the scathing blogs, but their tune is slowly changing. I see less covers with scantily clad women, less catty comments, and more getting interviews right (like awesome coverage of Isla Fisher’s Shape feature). And now, bless their hearts, they wrote a piece covering Kristen Bell’s first post-baby outing — and didn’t even mention her body once!! I really hope this is a tabloid trend.
When I got the breaking news email alert telling me “Kristen Bell Steps Out for First Time Since Giving Birth to Daughter Lincoln” my stomach dropped. Oh how I have come to loathe these stories. I hate reading about the newest “hot mama!!!!” and her “incredible post-baby bod!!!!” with the teaser, “we can’t wait to find out how she lost that baby weight!”
And those celebrity mothers have to feel the media pressure to look perfect the first time they venture out after giving birth. They put on their high-heels, their face full of make-up and something to prove they have a waist — all because they know eyes are on them in that moment of revealing their postpartum selves.
Well I don’t know if Kristen and Us Magazine coordinated, but neither one of them played that old song and dance today. Other than one silly comment (“Motherhood sure looks good on Kristen Bell!”) that I can easily overlook, there isn’t one mention of her body. Since the tabloid is still a visual medium with glossy pictures galore, we got a peek at her looking just like a new mom. Wearing little or no makeup the 32-year-old “House Of Lies” star stuck to her usual style in a chambray top, floral print pants and high-top sneakers — and talked about comfort and fashion.
The Michigan native — who said she “was clueless when it came to maternity wear” — added that she’s dressing for comfort now that she’s a mom. “MyLine has soft tees and dresses that are so loose and cozy. I like putting a maxi dress with some simple sandals like Matt Bernson’s, and a long necklace or a scarf from Theodora and Callum,” Bell told Us.
Kristen Bell’s pregnancy was in the press a lot — starting from the unfortunate timing of her announcement back in early November. Other celebrities were busy with last minute campaigning for Obama or helping raise funds and awareness for Hurricane Sandy devastation — which left Bell exposed for the tabloids to go on instant bump watch. And wouldn’t you know it, People magazine had published her first teeny-tiny baby belly pictures the very day she made her announcement. But since then Kristen has reversed the tabloid narrative and proven herself to be down to earth — in her jokes about having sex scenes while expecting or about her birth plan (which included whisky and a baseball bat) to the heartwarming stories of her ailing father-in-law bonding with the unborn baby and the announcement of her little girl’s arrival. It seems like she got the “first time leaving the house post-baby” coverage she deserved. I hope it’s a new trend all around.