Bikini Beautiful Week: The Top 10 Best Celebrity Quotes On Instilling Healthy Body Image In Kids
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In a world with weekly “bump watch” announcements and serious tabloid body-snarking, there is always a lot of buzz when it comes to celebrities and body image. It isn’t hard to wonder how these well-known women deal with their own children’s body image issues, as well as their personal issues surrounding pregnancy and a post-baby body. This is especially true when we’re talking about some of the most photographed and scrutinized women in the world.
Motherhood is a huge variable that can affect the way we see our bodies. Whether it’s pregnancy itself, advice from our own moms or simply looking at ourselves through the eyes of our children, becoming a mother is a big deal when it comes to body image. Not only that but it’s important to think about the things we think and say about ourselves and how those choices can mold the way our kids see themselves.
“When I was growing up there wasn’t one woman in my environment who I heard saying something positive about her body. Everything I heard was negative, negative, negative,” “I accept my body. I accept how I am and make the best of what I am given. Children orientate towards examples. That’s why I talk solely positive about my body in front of my daughter. I say things like ‘Hey, look at my strong arms!’ Or I shake my butt and say ‘Look at my fabulous butt!”
“I don’t want my daughter to think she has to deprive herself to be pretty…It’s all about balance and I can teach that best by living it.”
“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body — meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I was like, ‘Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything’s going well.’ And I’ve had that relationship ever since.”
“Some people are afraid of change and [feel] that getting older is a bad thing, but I really love maturing and gaining wisdom, and the experience of being pregnant and having a child and seeing what a woman’s body can do is amazing.”
“I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say, ‘I feel fat.’ Back when I was modeling, the first time I went to Italy I was having cappuccinos every day, and I gained 15 pounds. And I felt gorgeous! I would take my clothes off in front of the mirror and be like, Oh, I look like a woman. And I felt beautiful, and I never tried to lose it, ’cause I loved it.”
“[My mom] was very much like ‘Love your body, love yourself, run around naked….’ Whatever we wanted to do, it was very accepting.”
“My pregnancy was amazing. I was happy that whole time, I felt good, I had energy, I was like Superwoman. I wish I could feel like that for the rest of my life, that’s how fantastic it was.”
“When we’re home sometimes, she’ll put on mascara. And sometimes I’ll let her wear something out to dinner — but just a little dab. Also having a father who adores you the way that he adores her is very good for your body image. The more we can love her and let her be who she is, the more confident she’ll feel.”
When asked by an interviewer from In Touch about filming Duplicity six months after giving birth and how confident she felt Julia Roberts replied:
“To be honest, I was kind of panicking. I was still nursing him in my trailer, but I felt very supported by the director and Clive. You have a baby, and you just want to stay home in your elastic waistband pants.”
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“My weight and my pant size are the absolute last thing I’m concerned about. People who talk and judge pregnant women’s weight need to get a life!” – Ashlee Simpson on the paparazzi snarking on her pregnant body
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