‘Nuding’ like Kardashian: Mums strips completely to show off ‘real’ bodies
Five brave new mums strip off to show what REAL post-pregnancy women look like naked.
It comes after a controversial nude selfie was posted by Kim Kardashian on Instagram this week in which she looks great, even though she only gave birth to son Saint on December 5.
The snap has since sparked a web frenzy, with debate over whether it was taken before or since her pregnancy.
Below, our fearless five talk to JENNY FRANCIS and LYNSEY CLARKE.
THE 21-year-old single mum from Wembley, North London, works as a retail operations assistant. A size 16, she gave birth to her first child, son Roshaye, a month ago. She says . . .
“I actually feel better about my body since having my child. I lost a bit of weight before I became pregnant and at the start of my pregnancy too, so I’ve not gained any as a result of having my son.
“I feel good about how I look and I’m proud of what my body has gone through. My boobs and my hips have got bigger but I like these new curves – I see them as womanly.
“I’ve grown up being curvy and being around women with fantastic curves.
“When I saw Kim K’s selfie I thought, ‘Good for her’.
“She clearly loves her body and I think it’s nice, as a woman, to see that she feels confident enough to pose naked. She does look great, there’s no denying it.
“I was excited to strip off and copy her pose. It’s good to be confident and show off your body.”
PROJECT manager Laura, a mum of two, lives in Didcot, Oxon, with her fiancé Guy Adderley, 28, a recruiter.
Already mum to three-year-old Isaac, she gave birth to second son Reuben on May 31 last year. She says . . .
“Since having children I’ve been reasonably happy with my body – except for the dreaded mum tum, which I’m self-conscious about.
“Before having children I was worried I would never fit into my normal jeans again or be able to confidently wear a bikini.
“But when you have a child you don’t worry too much about those things.
To me, being a good mum and spending time with my boys is more important.
“It’s far easier for Kim Kardashian to look good in a naked selfie as she has professional make-up and knows how to light it well, so it’s irresponsible to post pictures like this.
“It puts pressure on normal mums to snap back into shape straight after a baby. Most mums I know would prefer it to be acknowledged that it takes time, and that is just fine.”
THE 18-year-old full-time mum gave birth to first child Lilah Katy-May four months ago. She lives with Lilah’s dad, long-term partner Kalum Brain, 20, in Chipping Norton, Oxon. She says . . .
“I’m happy with my body since giving birth. I still haven’t got used to stretch marks but my new body shape is the new me, and I’m fine with that.
“I think Kim K has a lot of confidence to post a picture like that for millions to see.
“She looks great considering she has just had a baby, so I see why she has done it.
“But I do think there is a lot of pressure for new mums to slim down and I feel torn between thinking ‘Good on her’ and ‘We can’t all look like that, so stop making us feel bad.’”
HOSPITALITY worker Clementine, 31, lives in Abbey Wood, South East London, with husband Joseph, 37. She had her first child, daughter Maya, five months ago. A size 12, she says . . .
“Kim’s selfie is not a realistic picture of how a new mum’s body looks, I think it’s been retouched.
“Maybe she shared it for her own confidence. A lot of new mums don’t feel confident so maybe it’s natural to share photos of themselves looking good.
“But it gives the wrong impression to those who haven’t had a child and think mums can get into shape that easily.
“In reality, mums focus on more important things. Now that I’m a mum I feel I’ve got a new identity.”
THE 25-year-old business owner from Sydenham, South London, has a five-month-old son, Jude, with partner Ryan Pope, 30. Now a size 10, she says . . .
“I don’t think it’s my place to judge Kim’s selfie but I would prefer her to show some more ‘real’ images to balance it, such as ‘I feel crap and here’s a photo of my make-up down my face at 3am’.
“My body has been through quite an ordeal and feels tired and weary from carrying such a weight.
“But mums should be proud of their new, curvier figures, it’s sexy.
“Remember that what is shown on social media is not real life, it’s what people want you to think.”