Posing nude at eight months pregnant, Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio, says she feels more confident about her body than ever–which is great. What’s not so great is the unhealthy way she treated her body when she first got pregnant and the unhealthy standards she is setting for herself post-pregnancy.
The 31-year-old Brazilian posed nude (is every supermodel and celebrity now posing sans-clothes to show off their baby bump?) for a new ad campaign for Brazilian jewellery company Vivara. And she will be the first to tell you that she looks and feels awesome.
A nude photoshoot was good, because pregnancy makes me much more confident. I’m proud of my body to be generating a life…
The supermodel goes on to say what a special moment this was for her:
I wasn’t ashamed to do a nude shoot for two of my favorite photographers. I’m happy to have one of the most important moments of my life recorded by them.
All of which is admirable. A pregnant woman–hell, any woman–should feel great about her body no matter what she looks like.
What’s not so admirable though is the fact that she actually tried to lose weight during her first trimester in order to hide her pregnant belly while on the Victoria’s Secret catwalk, according to what she told Usmagazine.com:
I didn’t tell anybody so no one knew at the show that I was pregnant. A week before, I told my booker I don’t think I’m going to be able to fit into the clothes because I gained a few pounds already, but we were just quiet.
Apparently, she engaged in lots of workouts and cutting out sweets and sugars 10 days before the show in order to fool the crowds and walk the runway as a non-pregnant-looking model.
Cutting out sweets is something that many of us could probably do a better job at, so that part is not bad. But partaking in a lot of extra workouts in an effort to slim down when her body is trying to support a pregnancy is never a smart or healthy idea.
And now, Ambrosio is planning another unhealthy goal: to get back to a 25-inch waist two months after delivering her baby, saying she is determined to regain her 34-25-34 size in time for the launch of the Victoria’s Secret store in London in July:
I already have jobs planned for afterwards so hopefully will be back in shape. I told my booker and my manager; ‘I know I have a job to do, so just book the jobs and hopefully it’ll be fine.’
First of all, getting your body down to a 25-inch waist just two months after having a baby is likely going to take some unhealthy dieting and obsessive exercise. And if she plans to breastfeed, her body is going to demand more calories, so trying to lose that much weight so quickly will likely compromise her health.
Secondly, why does she even have to make that public? Once again, we have a celebrity setting unrealistic standards for how women should look during and after their pregnancy. Isn’t there anyone out there who is willing to say, “You know what, my pregnant body will do what it needs to do, and when it’s ready after I have my baby, it will return to its new normal state.”
That is something I’d be much more interested in reading.