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Chrissy Teigen and Anne Hathaway Are Freeing New Moms to Be Body Positive

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Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
Chrissy Teigen and Anne Hathaway Are Freeing New Moms to Be Body Positive
Chrissy Teigen's Snapchat stretchmark reveal; the model shows some leg at Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards on June 4, 2016. Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Model-mom Chrissy Teigen has joined her voice ― or Snapchat account, at least ― to that of Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway to promote a grassroots mommy-positive campaign on social media.

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On Monday, August 8, Hathaway posted a pair of reconstructed jeans with a message of encouragement for new moms:

“There is no shame in gaining weight during pregnancy (or ever). There is no shame if it takes longer than you think it will to lose the weight (if you want to lose it at all),” she posted.

“There is no shame in finally breaking down and making your own jean shorts because last summer's are just too dang short for this summer's thighs. Bodies change. Bodies grow. Bodies shrink. It's all love (don't let anyone tell you otherwise.) Peace xx #noshame #lovewhatyouhavebeengiven,” she wrote.

Read more: 16 of the Best Celebrity Responses to Body Shaming

The actress and husband Adam Shulman welcomed their first child, a boy, in March 2016.

Teigen, who co-hosts the Spike network's "Lip Sync Battle," has been busy with her own baby, a daughter born in April this year, with superstar musician John Legend. She took to Snapchat to joke about her stretch marks, posting a photo with the caption “lol my thighs have tributaries.”

The trend follows closely on the heels of New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser relating a past interaction with Donald Trump in which the now presidential candidate once took a potshot at his own wife.

“When I visited about two months after his lovely wife, Melania, now 46, gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron, now 10, the infamous germophobe boasted that after fathering five children, he’d never changed a diaper,” Peyser wrote in the August 8, 2016, article “I Can No Longer Justify Calling Myself a Trump Supporter.”

“I enthused that Melania, who stood quietly nearby aboard 5-inch stilettos, had lost all her baby weight. Trump corrected me: ‘She’s almost lost all the baby weight’” the columnist wrote. “I was embarrassed for the mother of his youngest kid, who ignored the dig.”

The anecdote sparked widespread criticism of body-shaming new mothers.

Read more: 13 Sleep Strategies for New Moms

What Do YOU Think?

How do you feel about Hathaway's and Teigen's stances on new mommy body-shaming? Have been harassed about your appearance after having a child? What would you do if someone you loved was criticized for the way they looked after giving birth? Let us know in the comments.

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