Most celebrity moms won't have their picture taken until their tummies get back to being flat, but Kate Middleton's willingness to be photographed the day after giving birth could change that.
Social media outlets were inundated with outraged commentary regarding the cover of OK! magazine, which suggested that Kate Middleton will have a post-baby weight-loss regimen. The article quoted an interview with her trainer, who said she's super fit and that her stomach will shrink back. The magazine has since issued an apology, but critical comments continued to pour in from across the globe.
FOX 9 News spoke with Leslie Goldman, a Chicago-based body image expert, about the controversy.
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Q: What message did [Kate Middleton] send to what was then a paparazzi-filled air?
A: I think it's funny, because we're all supposed to be focused on the baby that was coming out, and what everybody has talked about was her post-baby body. I think it's unfortunate that all of us are so shocked to see what a woman normally looks like after she has a baby. I think the response is pretty telling. I think women are sick and tired of being told they have to lose the baby weight before they leave the maternity ward.
Q: What does Kate's decision not to hide it when leaving the hospital say to women and moms all around the world?
A: Not only did she not hide it, she seemed to be showing it off. I saw her cradling her stomach and I felt she was trying to send a message to women around the globe saying, 'It's okay how you look. You have more important things on your mind these days.'
Q: From a woman's standpoint, did it touch enough nerves to where they could be impacted?
A: I think this will send a message to all types of publications, magazines -- anyone who is putting out images of women in some way, telling them, "We want to see women who look happy and healthy and real, and we're sick of being made to feel less-than just because we, you know, haven't snapped back into shape two seconds after having our baby."