Pressure to Be a "Momshell"?

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Pressure to Be a "Momshell"?
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 12:37pm

Whether you call them "momshells" (Get it? Part mom, part bombshell.), "yummy mummies" or just plain "cougars," you know the women we're talking about.

Think Heidi Klum, who was back on the Victoria's Secret runway five weeks after giving birth. Or Beyonce back on stage 4 1/2 months after baby Blue Ivy was born, announcing that she had dropped all 60 pounds of baby weight. Or that group of moms at your own kid's school, who look straight off the pages of Vogue at the PTA meeting, while you're trying to hide the spaghetti sauce stain on your yogapants.

The Hollywood Reporter
Editorial Director Janice Min, 42, former editor of celeb mom-centric Us Weekly and a mother of three, writes forThe New York Timesthat the "momshell" ideal is alive and thriving -- and not just among the star set.


Have you felt pressure to lose the baby weight since giving birth?  Do you think celebrity moms like Heidi Klum and Beyonce are encouraging or does their weight loss success post-baby frustrate you?

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Wed, 08-22-2012 - 12:10pm

Yes I feel the pressure and I don't think Beyonce or Heidi Clum are helping my cause. I am struggling severely with trying to take off the "baby" weight and my baby is almost 2. With work, baby, boyfriend, and housework in my life I don't have the time or money to spend on a fashion consultant, personal trainer and chef. It's just me trying to get myself back to what I am "supposed" to look like now and I am pretty far away right now.

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Registered: 12-05-2011
Wed, 08-29-2012 - 9:00pm
Definitely and in our small town where three people have had babies at the same time you also get compared to one another (ie: she lost the weight fast but SHE still looks five months pregnant) grrr! Just another example of how moms need to support and help one another rather than judge and gossip about each other in order to feel better about themselves. But that is an entirely different topic, lol!
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Fri, 08-31-2012 - 2:28pm

My philosophy has always been that if I were getting paid to look fantastic, I'd look fantastic.  But nobody pays me for my looks, they pay for my brains.

The pressure on women today is idiotic.