Yes, Miranda Kerr Does Yoga, But It’s Not Why She’s Modeling 7 Months After Giving Birth

Miranda Kerr has been getting a lot of attention lately for her knockout post-baby body, and knockout it is: The 28-year-old model is hitting the catwalk only seven months after giving birth to her son, Flynn. I’ll admit that headlines about her lightning-quick pregnancy recovery make me a little jealous, but what annoys me most about them is that they’re chalking up her Victoria’s Secret-friendly physique to yoga. For the record, I’d like to say: I’ll put my next paycheck on the fact that yoga isn’t the only reason she looks so great.

In a recent interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Kerr cooked up some tamari-marinated salmon with broccoli for a reporter and spilled about the changes her new family life has brought, including what it’s done (or not) to her body:

Was there pressure to get back in shape?

No, you would assume that. I put on 40 pounds (18 kilograms) but I wasn’t fazed. I was eating so much and my grandma was like, ”Love, you had better stop eating. You’re going to make a big baby and I don’t know how you are going to push it out.” I was like, ”Nan, it’s fine,” but she was the only one who knew.

How did you do it?

I did yoga during the whole pregnancy but, honestly, I totally gave my body over. I didn’t care if I got stretch marks, I didn’t care if I didn’t get back into shape. My main focus was to have a healthy child and it didn’t matter to me if I could model or not. I didn’t have any aims to get back in shape. I’m also breastfeeding, which I think helps get everything back into shape but I was really happy because I have my skincare line, I’ve got my book, I’m happy to be a mum, so I wasn’t pressed to get back to work but I thought that if I can balance it, I might as well do a little [modelling] while I can because it’s a short-lived job compared to others.

Did you get stretch marks?

No, nothing. I put cream on every morning and night. I used Kora Organic Body Lotion all over my tummy and I got big, so it’s a wonder I didn’t get stretch marks but my mum doesn’t have any, either.

She actually sounds like she has a surprisingly well-adjusted attitude about her weight and how important her body is relative to her new role as a mom, so it’s hard to fault her for being anything other than lucky. But plenty of other media outlets have honed in on soundbytes from this interview to create some deceiving ideas about how it is that she looks so great: “Miranda Kerr Hits Catwalk 7 Months After Giving Birth (Thanks to Yoga!),” “Miranda Kerr: Yoga Does A Body Good,” “How Miranda Kerr Got Bikini-Ready“—the list goes on.

I love yoga. It definitely does a body good. And I have no doubt that doing lots of yoga pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, and after-pregnancy has tons of physical and mental benefits for women. But that’s not the only reason that she looks so awesome.

For starters, she has some serious genetic advantages. Let’s not forget that she was a supermodel pre-baby, too: Yoga might “elongate” muscles, but it doesn’t make you 5’9″ and proportioned like a Victoria’s Secret model. And if her comments about stretch marks are any indication, she probably comes from a line of women who’ve been fairly lucky with their ability to bounce back from pregnancy. (Creams, diet, and exercise aside, not all bodies are created equal, and every woman’s pregnancy differs.)

And when asked how she’ll prep for her upcoming runway appearance, she told the Herald, “I will just continue to do more squats but I have to be in a swimsuit on Wednesday, which will be the first time since the baby.” Squats. Like many other models, my guess is that she’s also putting in some time doing weight-training, cardio, and other exercises to keep her slim. As beneficial as breast feeding might be, taking off baby weight that quickly takes a little extra calorie burn.

I love that celebrities are making more people do yoga: Like I said, I think yoga’s great. But let’s not kid ourselves, either: It’s really hard to look that good, let alone after having a baby, and it requires more than just yoga.

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    • fig

      I love this post. Love it. It’s a realistic approach to the realities of a post-pregnancy body without being mean to MK or calling her anorexic. It woman positive on all fronts. -swoon-

      • Briana Rognlin

        Aw, thank you! It’s really important to me—and everyone at Blisstree—to present a balanced and body positive perspective on fitness, diet and health, so it’s really encouraging to hear that the message is coming across.

        This is the best compliment I’ve gotten all week. Thank you!

        Briana

    • Wifebot

      I guess what I don’t get is that while MK is saying she didn’t care about getting back into shape – sheobviously does. And that’s ok. If your job depends on how your body looks, why not just own the fact that you’re under a lot of pressure to get back to the body you had before you got pregnant? What would be really refreshing is if a celebrity took a stance against the expectations placed on postpartum women to look as if their body didn’t go through a major transformation, which it did.

      I get really tired of the whole “I’m effortlessly beautiful” trope that so many celebrities push.

    • sophie

      i agree that mk’s genetics also play a big role in her body bouncing back. i am a former runway model who was blessed with a tall, skinny body in my 20s. when i was modeling, i was one of the only girls who actually ate. and what i ate was often candy bars and lots of unhealthy stuff. the honest truth was that most of the models smoked cigarettes and starved themselves before shoots and then were the faces of skincare ads, fashion spreads and catalogs.

      thank you for reminding everyone that we don’t always need to compare ourselves and emulate models and celebs. reading an article that someone does yoga doesn’t mean that is all it will take for you to look that way. when i stopped modeling and got into my 30s, i wanted to look like i had- and like the girls in the magazines do. but now, at 10 pounds heavier and with many more imperfections, i am healthier than i’ve ever been. whole foods and pilates beats cigarettes and unhealthy eating/living even if the pictures may be deceiving :)

    • Kim Foster, MD

      I concur, Briana. Definitely. Miranda Kerr clearly won the genetic lottery and is blessed with a gorgeous figure. But a gorgeous figure is different than a Victoria’s-Secret-runway-caliber figure. And there’s no way she got there, postpartum or no, without a lot of discipline in the diet and exercise department, and by doing more than just yoga and a few squats now and then.

      Agreed, though–this shouldn’t take anything away from the beauty of yoga (which I love, too!)…and I also wouldn’t want her level-headed message about “healthy pregnancy/healthy baby first” to get lost in all the fuss.

      Great post. Love it.

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    • Kerry T

      I would just firstly like to ask if you have done yoga before? By what you have write in the blog. Its not hard to tell you have every little knowlege on yoga. First time yoga students are surprised at how much of a workout they get from just trying to master the sun-salutation. Mastering that correctly can take sometime. Those who are regular yoga lovers do this as a warm up. Yoga is about the core, breathing and centralising the mind. Have you ever done a handstand by slowly lifing both legs at the same time? As a pose to stepping up one foot at a time. Doing it slowing you using all the muscles your body. Now I’m not say Miranda did only yoga to get her fab body… I don’t know that is something for her to answer. I personally don’t see her as someone who would mislead too much. All I’m pointing out is give some credit towards yoga or at least give it a fair go and test out the theory before brushing it off.