Adriana Lima Perpetuates Myth Of Perfect Post-Baby Body At Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

In case you missed it, last night was the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. A night of degrading women with lingerie disguised as fashion, music and fun. Known as the “sexiest night in television,” this show also featured model Adriana Lima who just gave birth two months ago. And make no mistake, her post-pregnancy body was not the motivation that women needed to see.

Lima gave birth to a baby girl in September–just six weeks before this show was taped. And judging by the looks of her on stage, you’d never know it. For her, getting in shape after giving birth was very difficult, she told CBS This Morning:

It was the biggest challenge of my life.

The 31-year-old went on to say that she wasn’t sure what having a baby would do to her modeling figure:

You don’t know what nature is going to return to you You do your job. I was working out. I was being a mom. … I’m Brazilian and I’m a woman. I was really curvy when I was pregnant and I gained a lot of weight, really.

And when asked what “a lot of weight” meant, she simply replied:

Something over 40 pounds. Much, much, much more than that. I don’t want to give it away. So it was a challenge. But nature was good, I guess. Thank you, nature.

But not everyone was so thankful for Lima showcasing her post-pregnancy bod so soon after giving birth. The Twittersphere opened up with women discussing how this made them feel:

@chloevashaw1 tweeted:

Girls, just keep in mind that Adriana Lima JUST had a baby before doing the show. &&& her body will still look more BaNgIN’ than all of ours.

And @kcatwalk1 wrote:

I’m so excited for the VS Fashion Show but I know I’ll be depressed because I don’t look like Adriana Lima.

Not exactly the motivation or body-positive message that women–and new moms–need.

But Lima’s body, of course, didn’t naturally fall back into catwalk-worthy shape. Nope. This model and new mom has been working out “four to six hours every day, seven days a week,” according to her trainer, Michael Olajide, Jr. who told People magazine that “she wanted to be more defined and athletic.”

To get there, Olajide had Lima on a strict workout regimen.

At 9 a.m. she would get on the bike, followed by core exercises, shadow boxing, glute and legs work outs and then an intense jump rope routine. She would then do some cool-down stretching. Then she’d do it all over again from 5pm-8pm.

Adriana’s metabolism had slowed down, and that’s what happens when you’re nesting, but we had to get her burning 24/7. It was incredible to see that type of dedication and fortitude.

Dedication is one thing, but how about giving your body a break after having a baby? It seems like she’s setting a bad example–not to mention a very unrealistic standard–for most women after giving birth.

Tell us what you think. Do you agree?




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    • BFD

      The best part about this article is the typo – the “sexist” night on television instead of the “sexiest.” Thanks for the laugh!

    • Natalie

      I don’t feel its sexist at all. And the idea that she’s making other women feel bad? Did you just read the part where she worked out 4-6 hours a day?? If she is your measuring stick, then you need to reevaluate your personal goals. Be the best YOU, not compared to a small selection of the world’s skinniest/most beautiful women. I thought the show was great, and more power to them for strutting around in their skivvies in front of a national audience. It’s their job to look that good!

    • Amber

      Adriana is a MODEL! This is her dream job, and I applaud her for staying dedicated to said dream instead of using pregnancy as an excuse to stay sedentary and stop working like most post-pregnancy women. I’m an illustrator, and if I had a baby, you’d see me working on my sketches while breast feeding in the hospital. Why should she give up her dream as a fit model to cater to the egos of insecure women?

    • Yu

      You’re an idiot debs. You sound extremely bitter and jealous.

    • Emina

      You sound jealous. How is she setting a bad example? If anything, that should motivate women.

    • ava

      She is a model-not a role model. She is like a pro athlete and has a limited amount of time to capitalize on her psychical gifts. She has children to help provide for and if she is bright enough she is stock piling money in the likely event that some day she may be divorced. She is doing what is right for her and I applaud her self discipline. After all, she is paid buco bucks to be as perfect as humanly possible and she does a good job. Frankly, she does not look super skinny to me.

    • Jayne

      I actually think its a great message. You can still be confident and look great after having a baby. She doesn’t look stick thin or unhealthy and besides it is her job to be thin and attractive. I worked my ass off after my scond baby and looked awesome, and yes I did wear more fitted, fun clothing and gladly accepted any and all compliments. I earned it. She earned it too. Get a life and stop hating women since you’re so against sexism.

    • Socialist

      I’m just glad that I’m confident enough in my body to not feel depressed when I see another woman who has a body I like. I love my body and I can also see the beauty in someone else’s.
      How exactly is this article promoting body positivity?

    • Alexandra

      At least they still used her even though she’s a lot bigger than the other models. Let her be proud.

    • rlb

      haters always going to hate. Adriana worked for that body- do the same and you’ll look similar. She’s awesome!

    • Amy

      My sister is not a model but was at her pre pregnancy weight a few weeks after giving birth to a healthy baby girl. A few months out, she was actually thinner than before pregnancy and had to buy new pants. Shockingly, every woman is different.

    • anon

      I find Adriana Lima’s weight loss and incredible supermodel body so short after giving birth inspirational. Although it’s completely unrealistic and probably not a very healthy move for women not preparing for a major fashion show, I think it sets the bar that if you want something badly enough, with enough motivation and commitment, virtually anything is possible. And for Adriana, that motivation and positive energy has made the world hers.