There’s been a quiet revolution of late – and it’s getting louder by the day. Famous mums are baring all, and we are here for it.
Celebrities have always talked about motherhood (hashtag blessed) but rarely the truth of it. The tough labours, health issues, sleepless nights, working mum guilt, and social pressure to get back to pre-baby shape. In the past, famous mums tended to gloss over the more difficult aspects, keeping up a flawless, in-control front on things.
Well, not anymore. Famous women are stepping up and ‘getting real’ about motherhood. And even if there is an awareness that they may have more support and resources than your average mum, the honesty and sense of fellowship are significant.
"I look at the woman I was in my 20s and I see a young lady growing into confidence but intent on pleasing everyone around her," says @Beyonce in our September issue cover story. "I now feel so much more beautiful, so much sexier, so much more interesting. And so much more powerful." Inspired by @Beyonce's words, 11 women share the advice they would give their 20-something selves; tap the link in our bio to read. Photographed by @tylersphotos, fashion editor @tonnegood, Vogue, September 2018.
In her internet-breaking Vogue profile, mum of three Beyonce talked about the realities of a post-baby body. She was bluntly honest about feeling under pressure to return to work and her previous size after her first baby, Blue Ivy, and how she took a different path following the birth of her twins, Rumi and Sir.
“I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth to Rumi and Sir. I was swollen from toxemia and had been on bed rest for over a month. My health and my babies’ health were in danger, so I had an emergency C-section. We spent many weeks in the NICU…. I was in survival mode and did not grasp it all until months later. Today I have a connection to any parent who has been through such an experience.”
Along with acknowledging the full physical effect and seriousness of having a C section, she also revels in her new post-babies body. And if it changes, it’ll be if and when she chooses it to be so:
"To this day my arms, shoulders, breasts, and thighs are fuller. I have a little mommy pouch, and I’m in no rush to get rid of it. I think it’s real. Whenever I’m ready to get a six-pack, I will go into beast zone and work my ass off until I have it.”
Quite possibly the Greatest of all Time, Serena Williams has led the charge on and of the tennis court. It seems only right that she would be one of the most significant voices when it comes to being a working mother. Just ten months after giving birth (and having multiple surgeries following complications) she was playing Wimbledon – and took the opportunity to give a shout out to all the working mothers, saying, "To all the moms out there, I was playing out there for you today and I tried.”
Taking it further, her recent post on Instagram was fully honest about post-natal depression and feeling not good enough.
Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there. I work a lot, I train, and I’m trying to be the best athlete I can be. However, that means although I have been with her every day of her life, I’m not around as much as I would like to be. Most of you moms deal with the same thing. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art. You are the true heroes. I’m here to say: if you are having a rough day or week--it’s ok--I am, too!!! There’s always tomm!
Never one to shy away from honesty or looking less-than-perfect, Chrissy Teigen is calling out the mommy- and daddy-shamers who pass comment on how she and husband John Legend are raising their two children. And she is hiding nothing when it comes to the impact being pregnant had on her body. Cue her brilliant ‘mom bod alert!’ post on Twitter and endless witty Instagram posts, telling it how it is.
They may have more money than us and ample childcare on tap but famous mums are sharing their battles with us regular folks. By doing so, they are making every overworked, overwhelmed mum feel a little bit more seen.