Janice Min was recently humiliated when—at four months postpartum—her manicurist thought she was still pregnant. Min was so riled up that she penned a piece for the New York Times about how unrealistic, unfair, and unkind our attitudes about new mothers have become, expecting women to get back to their pre-baby bodies weeks, if not immediately, after giving birth. She's totally right, of course. But it's real rich coming from the woman who literally created and profited from the very "celebrity climate" she's lamenting. Ah, how the tables have turned.
Min just wants "still-pudgy moms struggling to find their way back" to their former physiques to get a break from these tabloid-fueled post-baby body standards that have not only institutionalized the notion of "boomerang bodies," but have also fostered a "trickle-down mean-girls effect." (She cites the internet bullying of new moms Bryce Dallas Howard, Aishwarya Rai, and Jessica Simpson as examples.)